Toronto came away with the win, but Tampa Bay pitcher Chris Archer earned a spot in his franchise’s record books yesterday.
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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.
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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.
There’s no doubt Archer is a rising star in the league, so keep an eye on him this season.