Rays name Alex Cobb as Opening Day starter

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Now that David Price is out of the picture the Rays need a new Opening Day starter and they’ve decided on 27-year-old right-hander Alex Cobb.

During the past two seasons Cobb has started 49 games with a 2.82 ERA, which is the third-best mark in the league over that span behind only Felix Hernandez and Chris Sale.

He was particularly great in the second half last season, starting 14 games with a 1.79 ERA and 81/23 K/BB ratio in 90 innings.

Price or James Shields have made every Opening Day start for the Rays since 2007, when Scott Kazmir got the assignment.