Toronto came away with the win, but Tampa Bay pitcher Chris Archer earned a spot in his franchise's record books yesterday.
After a rough start—he gave up two runs in the first inning—the Rays' righthander struck out 12 batters in five innings, a Tampa Bay team record for strikeouts on opening day. The previous record was set by Steve Trachsel, who recorded seven strikeouts in 2000, and tied by David Price in 2011.
Archer is the fourth pitcher in the Wild Card Era to fan a dozen batters on opening day. The last player to do so was Oakland's Felix Hernandez in 2007.
Chris Archer: 4th pitcher in the Wild Card Era with 12 strikeouts in an Opening Day game (Randy Johnson, Félix Hernández, Pedro Martinez)
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) April 3, 2016
There's no doubt Archer is a rising star in the league, so keep an eye on him this season.
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