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Tampa Bay Rays First Half Recap

It was April 6,  2012 opening day at the Trop, featuring a rematch of the famous Game 162, albeit minus the extracurricular subplots, and plus the Yankees full cast of characters. For the Rays, the cast of characters had changed, particularly in terms of position players, and for the better, in the opinions of most. Still, a game featuring a starting pitching matchup of CC Sabathia and James Shields promised to be a low scoring pitcher’s duel, with the two workhorse starters sure to go deep into the latter innings. Regarding the Rays, however,... 
 

Defense Costs Rays in 3-2 loss, Chris Archer Sparkling in Debut

While all of the talk leading up to this game was almost exclusively about Joel Peralta, his pine tar laced glove, and two managers childishly firing salvos at one another, it was Chris Archer, practically a child in his own right at the ripe age of 23 and making his major league debut, showing the maturity of a seasoned veteran, firing strikeouts against a potent Nationals lineup. Archer struck out 7 and walked only 1 over 6 innings. He allowed 3 hits and 3 runs (1 unearned), all in the 1st inning. That, in and of itself, tells a large part of... 
 
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