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Rays lose opener 7-4



The festivities of opening day ended on a down note for the Rays as they lost 7-4 to the Orioles.

Excitement was high pre-game, as a sellout crowd of 34,078 assembled at the Trop, as were the expectattions, but they grew quiet quickly as Cy Young Award winner David Price struggled through the first inning and allowed two runs.

The Rays gave them something to cheer about as they took a 3-2 lead in the sixth, but reliever Jake McGee gave the lead back and more with a rough seventh inning, allowing five runs, three on a home run by Chris Davis after intentionally walking Matt Wieters.

Price ended up working six innings, allowing two runs on seven hits, forced out of the game because he had thrown 100 pitches.

The Rays did play some extraordinary defense, with third baseman Evan Longoria and outfielder Sam Fuld both making severna highlight-reel worthy plays.

The Rays began the day by honoring senior advisor Don Zimmer, whose son threw out the first pitch to mark Don's 65th season in pro ball.

The Rays are home on Wednesday night vs. the Orioles with RHP Jeremy Hellickson on the mound.

[Last modified: Tuesday, April 2, 2013 8:47pm]


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