Nathan Karns is excited about an opportunity to open the season in Tampa Bay’s pitching rotation. The Rays right-hander had a rough outing during a 9-6 loss to the Boston Red Sox on Saturday. Mike Napoli homered and Hanley Ramirez also drove in two runs off Karns, who allowed six runs over four innings in what likely was his second-to-last appearance before starting either the second or third game of the regular season. ”It’s one of those days I didn’t have much,” Karns said after throwing 72 pitches, 48 strikes.
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