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Rays sell out their 12th straight opening game against Yankees

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Attendance problems? Those are for the other 80 home games.

For openers, the Tampa Bay Rays have plenty of fans.

The Rays have sold out their 12th consecutive opener, selling out Sunday’s game against the New York Yankees at the Trop. Tickets are available for the remaining two games in the season-opening series against the Yankees on Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:10 p.m. and for the first weekend series of the season, April 6-9, versus the Toronto Blue Jays.

The Rays are 9-10 in their openers.

Chris Archer, 9-19 last season, starts on the mound for the Rays.

“You either win or you learn,” Archer told MLB.com. “And I learned 19 times lsat year.”

The Rays will be an unsettled bunch on the field, as shortstop Matt Duffy, outfielder Brad Rasmus and catcher Wilson Ramus are all hurt. However, outfielder Kevin Kiermaier, third baseman Evan Longoria and second baseman Brad Miller are intriguing draws, and the Yankees are still the Yankees.

Game time is 1:10 p.m.

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