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Rays blank A’s in opener

Carlos Pena and Evan Longoria belted solo home runs and the Tampa Bay Rays shut out the Oakland A’s 6-0 Friday night in the opener of a three-game series at Tropicana Field.

Tampa Bay won this game as -170 favorites, while the six runs went UNDER the posted over/under (9).

Pat Burrell went 2-for-4 at the plate with one RBI for the Rays. Jeff Niemann tossed eight scoreless innings to earn the victory.

Vin Mazzaro surrendered seven hits and three runs over five innings in the loss.