Sunday, December 17, 2017
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All Eyes photo gallery: Tampa Bay Rays Opening Day 2017

One of best things about opening day is that it can make everything seem right.

And that was the case for the Rays on Sunday as they beat the Yankees 7-3, getting a strong seven-inning start by Chris Archer, home runs from Evan Longoria and Logan Morrison in a show of dynamic offense and six outs from their admittedly concerning bullpen.

All that made for a celebratory afternoon before a Tropicana Field sellout crowd of 31,042.

            

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A view of the rotunda at Tropicana Field on Opening Day at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Sunday, April 2, 2017.

            

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Fans wait for the doors to open at Gate 1 for Opening Day at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Sunday, April 2, 2017.

            

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Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Blake Snell (4) and starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi (24) greet fans in the Rotunda for Opening Day at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Sunday, April 2, 2017. /p>

            

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Tampa Bay Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg signs an autograph for a fan on Opening Day at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Sunday, April 2, 2017.

            

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Tampa Bay Rays first baseman Logan Morrison (7) signs autographs for fans just prior to the Tampa Bay Rays opening day game against the New York Yankees Sunday, April 02, 2017 in St. Petersburg.

            

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Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Austin Pruitt (50) and relief pitcher Danny Farquhar (43) greet fans in the Rotunda for Opening Day at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Sunday, April 2, 2017.

            

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Tampa Bay Rays first baseman Logan Morrison (7) signs autographs for fans just prior to the Tampa Bay Rays opening day game against the New York Yankees Sunday, April 02, 2017 in St. Petersburg.

            

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Brody Vogel, 6, of Tampa cheers during the season opener between the Tampa Bay Rays and the New York Yankees at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Sunday, April 2, 2017. This is his second game.

            

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Gianna Colletti of Tampa reacts after touching a stingray ahead of the season opener between the Tampa Bay Rays and the New York Yankees at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Sunday, April 2, 2017.

            

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Fans pack into the Rotunda ahead of the season opener between the Tampa Bay Rays and the New York Yankees at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Sunday, April 2, 2017.

            

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Fans and players stand during the singing of the national Anthem just prior to the Tampa Bay Rays home opener against the New York Yankees home Sunday, April 02, 2017 in St. Petersburg.

            

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Tampa Bay Rays fan Ben Hally, 7, of St. Petersburg, cheers during the early innings of the Rays home opener against the New York Yankees Sunday, April 02, 2017 in St. Petersburg.

            

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Tampa Bay Rays players make their way to the dugout after the team introductions just prior the Rays home opener against the New York Yankees Sunday, April 02, 2017 in St. Petersburg.

            

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Tampa Bay Rays players are seen in the dugout just prior to their home opener against the New York Yankees Sunday, April 02, 2017 in St. Petersburg.

            

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Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria (3) jogs onto the field during introductions just prior to the Rays home opener against the New York Yankees Sunday, April 02, 2017 in St. Petersburg.

            

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Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Chris Archer (22) delivers a pitch to New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner (11) during the first inning of their home opener Sunday, April 02, 2017 in St. Petersburg.

            

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Tampa Bay Rays first baseman Logan Morrison (7) connects for a solo home run in the third inning of the game between the New York Yankees and the Tampa Bay Rays on Opening Day at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Sunday, April 2, 2017.

            

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New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) delivers a pitch to Tampa Bay Rays left fielder Corey Dickerson (10) during the first inning of Rays home opener Sunday, April 02, 2017 in St. Petersburg.

            

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Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Chris Archer (22) watches the action from the dugout during the second inning of the game between the New York Yankees and the Tampa Bay Rays on Opening Day at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Sunday, April 2, 2017.

            

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Tampa Bay Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier (39) in the dugout after scoring on the two run home run by third baseman Evan Longoria (3) in the second inning of the game between the New York Yankees and the Tampa Bay Rays on Opening Day at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Sunday, April 2, 2017.

            

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Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Chris Archer (22) after striking out New York Yankees left fielder Matt Holliday (17) to end the top of the third inning of the game between the New York Yankees and the Tampa Bay Rays on Opening Day at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Sunday, April 2, 2017.

            

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Tampa Bay Rays first baseman Logan Morrison (7) gets a hug from right fielder Steven Souza Jr. (20) in the dugout after his solo home run in the third inning of the game between the New York Yankees and the Tampa Bay Rays on Opening Day at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Sunday, April 2, 2017.

            

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New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) relieved by manager Joe Girardi (28) in the third inning of the game between the New York Yankees and the Tampa Bay Rays on Opening Day at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Sunday, April 2, 2017.

            

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Tampa Bay Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier (39) safe stealing second in the fourth inning of the game between the New York Yankees and the Tampa Bay Rays on Opening Day at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Sunday, April 2, 2017.

            

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Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Chris Archer (22) reacts after New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) grounds out to end the top of the seventh inning of the game between the New York Yankees and the Tampa Bay Rays on Opening Day at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Sunday, April 2, 2017.

            

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Tampa Bay Rays first baseman Logan Morrison (7) salutes skyward after his home run in the third inning of the game between the New York Yankees and the Tampa Bay Rays on Opening Day at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Sunday, April 2, 2017.

            

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Tampa Bay Rays catcher Derek Norris (33) forced out at second base on the fielder's choice by left fielder Corey Dickerson (10) in the eighth inning of the game between the New York Yankees and the Tampa Bay Rays on Opening Day at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Sunday, April 2, 2017. The Tampa Bay Rays beat the New York Yankees 7-3.

            

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Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Alex Colome (37) throwing in the ninth inning of the game between the New York Yankees and the Tampa Bay Rays on Opening Day at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Sunday, April 2, 2017. The Tampa Bay Rays beat the New York Yankees 7-3.

            

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Tampa Bay Rays manager Kevin Cash (16) high fives relief pitcher Alex Colome (37) after the game between the New York Yankees and the Tampa Bay Rays on Opening Day at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Sunday, April 2, 2017. The Tampa Bay Rays beat the New York Yankees 7-3.

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