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Tampa Bay Rays News and Links: The Rays get to Mariano

The Rays walk it off in Carlos Pena’s return to Tampa Bay

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On this day in 2012, the Rays secured an Opening Day walkoff win against the New York Yankees and the great Mariano Rivera.

Things got off to a great start, with the Rays career leader in smile percentage making a triumphant return to Tampa Bay by walloping a grand slam in the first against CC Sabathia.

Unfortunately, James Shields stumbled and gave it all back, and the Rays entered the bottom of the ninth down a run.

With Mo Rivera on to lock it down, Desmond Jennings led off with a single through the middle. Then a triple by Ben Zobrist chased him home to tie the game.

Two intentional walks and a strikeout later, and Carlos Pena finished it off with one of the longest singles you’ll ever see, sending everybody not in pinstripes home happy.

Pena would only hit .197/.330/.354 that season. But for a day, all was right with the world.

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