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Rays open in winning style, beat Jays 9-2



The Rays opened their season of grand expectations in great fashion Monday, beating the Jays 9-2 before a sellout crowd at renovated Tropicana Field.

Ace David Price, who didn't expect to still be with the team, showed why it's a good thing that he is, pitching impressively into the eighth inning, allowing the two runs on six hits.

The Rays jumped out to an early lead on a two-out RBI single in the first by Evan Longoria, and added on from there.

Wil Myers, the 2013 AL Rookie of the Year, had a two-run single in the second, and later scored on a "Little League" homer when he bounced a ball toward the mound and the Jays made two errors.

Matt Joyce, starting at DH, knocked in a run in the third on a sac fly, and then two more withj a double in the fifth.

The Rays showed off the new renovations to the Trop, primarily a 360-degree walkway and new centerfield gathering area called The Porch. The changes reduced capacity to 31,042.

[Last modified: Monday, March 31, 2014 7:18pm]


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