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Tampa Bay Rays News and Links: IT’S WANDER FRANCO OPENING DAY Y’ALL

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The Rays top prospect will be in action tonight with the start of the minor league season

The Tampa Bay Rays winning ways came to end yesterday afternoon, but not before a tremendous effort from the Rays pitching staff.

They held the potent Colorado Rockies offense in check for 10 innings, before Chris Iannetta finally launched a solo home run off of Chaz Roe in the 11th inning to break a 0-0 stalemate.

Charlie Morton was fantastic for six innings, striking out six, walking two, and yielding just four hits. The trio of Ryne Stanek, Jose Alvarado, and Diego Castillo all worked scoreless innings apiece, while Alvarado struck out the side during his inning. He caught the attention of the baseball world with an insane 99 mph pitch with incredible movement.

Offensively, the Rays had plenty of opportunities but failed to produce in each situation. Willy Adames had a particularly rough night as he was hitless in five plate appearances and racked up three more strikeouts, including an awful bunt attempt in a possible game winning situation in the 9th inning. Adames has now struck out in 13 of his 23 PA this season.

The Rays left a total of 13 runners on base and went 0-10 with runners in scoring position.

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