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Rays’ Archer to start franchise-record 4th straight opener

March 15, 2018

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) — Chris Archer has been named the Tampa Bay Rays’ opening day starter for a franchise-record fourth consecutive season.

Archer is set to pitch against the Boston Red Sox on March 29 at Tropicana Field, the team announced Thursday. The 29-year-old right-hander is 1-2 with a 3.57 ERA on opening day.

Archer will tie James Shields for most opening day starts overall for the franchise. Shields pitched three straight openers from 2008-10 and another in 2012. Former ace David Price made three opening day starts for the franchise, which began play in 1998.

Archer was 10-12 with a 4.07 ERA in 34 starts last year and is 51-63 with a 3.63 ERA in six big league seasons. The two-time All-Star was tied for ninth among major league pitchers with 4.6 wins above replacement, per Fangraphs.

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