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The Rays take two of three from the Jays

MLB: Toronto Blue Jays at Tampa Bay Rays Mary Holt-USA TODAY Sports

The Rays exit Opening Weekend with a 2-1 Record and in first place, tied with the Yankees and [checks notes] the Orioles? Yeah, okay. Anyway, the Rays pulled off a successful opening series thanks to big hits all weekend from Ji-Man Choi (including a homer from the right side), a big triple Saturday and a scrappy infield single on Sunday from Brandon Lowe, and a walk off triple on Sunday from Kevin Kiermaier.

The Blue Jays have to just be gutted after a heartbreaking loss on Sunday. It was no doubt made worse by an injury to Ken Giles.

Oddsmakers say the Rays, Bucs, and Lightning all have legitimate shots at a title.

Marc Topkin wonders whether the Rays were wise in their use of social media to highlight social justice on Opening Day.

This is why we won’t be hearing Yoshi’s song.

Austin Meadows has returned to workouts.

Corey Kluber left his Rangers debut with shoulder tightness.

Multiple Marlins test positive.

Old friend Nate Eovaldi switched jerseys mid-game in Boston’s Opening Day tilt against the Orioles.

Daniel Bard earned a win in his first game in the bigs since 2013.

Shohei Ohtani’s first start since 2018 did not go as well.

Justin Verlander has a forearm strain.

Cleveland’s Mike Clevinger is not a fan of the new extra inning rule. And we feel for him. We hated it too, before we loved it.