ST. PETERSBURG -- Four Rays players looked forward to Friday's game against the Yankees, their first Opening Day: Desmond Jennings, Matt Moore, Jose Lobaton, and Stephen Vogt.
"It's cool -- it's a good feeling," said Jennings, who started in center field. "Try not to make it too much."
Vogt, who won this year's Al Lopez Award, given annually to the Rays' top rookie in Spring Training, said that being on a Major League team on Opening day was "awesome."
"I can't really describe [the feeling]," Vogt said. "It's something I've always dreamed about, and it's against the Yankees. That's something you dream about your whole life."
Moore, who will start against the Tigers on Tuesday in Detroit, said that Friday's Opening Day was the first he's experienced.
"It's my first Opening Day, period," Moore said. "Not even as a fan. Usually on Opening Day I'm at school or something. ... This is pretty special. I'm very excited to be playing the Yankees, in the division. I'm just very excited to get this thing going."