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Tampa Bay Rays News and Links: No April Fools Joke - Rays start season 3-1

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Rays News

It’s April 1st and the Rays are in 1st place:

Duffy: Back issue aggravating hamstring injury - Juan Toribio, MLB.com: It won’t be until mid-May at the earliest before the Duffman could return to action.

There must be something about the hot corner leading to injuries:

Wendle day-to-day with hamstring injury - Juan Toribio, MLB.com: Joey himself doesn’t seem to believe it’s all that serious.

Mike Zunino is still looking for his first hit as a Ray, but he’s already made a huge impact in the first series of the season

Rays journal: Pitching depth added with big upside, blue Trop lights still not right - Marc Topkin, Tampa Bay Times: Some info on the giant (in stature) new addition to the Rays 40 man roster.

After dominating Astros, does Yonny Chirinos deserve a shot in Rays’ rotation? - Tommy Rancel, The Athletic: Yonny made a big statement in his first action of 2019, and will be fascinating to watch his role on the team going forward.

Kelly still can’t get enough of the Rays, clearly:

Rays pay tribute to beloved sax player - Martha Asencio-Rhine, Tampa Bay Times: The times profiles a Tampa Bay area staple.

Around the league

The Red Sox and Xander Bogaerts agreed to a 7 year extension.

First impressions from the first week of 2019 - Will Leitch, MLB.com: Drawing small conclusions based on early results.

What’s an Opt-Out Worth? - Ben Clemens, Fam Graphs: Breaking down the monetary values to determine just how much an Opt-Out clause is worth.