ST. PETERSBURG — In the half-hour leading up to Rich Hill’s first pitch on Friday afternoon, the Rays enjoyed one last opportunity to reflect on all they accomplished a season ago. They stood side by side along the first-base line and watched highlights of their run to the World Series flash across the video board in right field. They unveiled two new banners in left-center field, one for their third American League East title and another for their second AL championship.
Then the Rays repeated one key part of their success last season: They beat the Yankees.
Playing in front of fans at Tropicana Field for the first time in 548 days, Tampa Bay snapped its four-game losing streak with a 10-5 win over New York. Hill worked six solid innings, retiring the first eight batters he faced and each of the last 10. Willy Adames doubled and homered, Brandon Lowe drove in three runs, Austin Meadows had three hits and four other players put together a multi-hit game in a balanced offensive performance.
The result was a familiar one for the Rays, who beat the Yankees eight times in 10 regular-season meetings last year before winning the AL Division Series in five games. And after a disappointing first road trip defined by injuries and inconsistent pitching, the Rays looked a lot more like the 2020 version in their home opener.