Willis, a two-time All-Star pitcher for the Marlins and now an analyst for Fox Sports, took to Twitter at approximately the same time that Miami placed Opening Day starter Edinson Volquez on the 10-day disabled list Wednesday.
Volquez departed with a 2-0 count to Steven Souza Jr., one out and the Marlins trailing 1-0.
The Rays (14-15) had won two in a row against the Marlins in Miami but saw their bullpen implode as the series moved north. Marlins pitchers have a 3.04 ERA under backup C A.J. Ellis and almost two runs higher with Realmuto.
Royals 6, White Sox 1 • Eric Hosmer and Jorge Bonifacio hit two-run homers to help Kansas City win at home to snap a losing streak at nine games. Alex Colome earned his sixth save with a 1-2-3 ninth inning.
Rays LHP Jose Alvarado was recalled from Double-A Montgomery on Wednesday and gave up three runs in one inning during his major-league debut. The 25-year-old allowed two runs and struck out seven in 6 2/3 innings of relief for Miami and pitched five scoreless innings for New Orleans. He's the first starter ever to do that in less than five innings.
The Tampa Bay offense drew at least one walk in each of the first eight innings.
"They thought I was grimacing, but that was just my reaction to the two poor pitches that I threw", Cobb said.
Reds 4, Pirates 3 • Billy Hamilton's RBI double in the bottom of the 10th gave Cincinnati a victory.
After a walk and bunt single by Bourjos, the Rays got a two-out, two-run single from Kevin Kiermaier, who broke out of an 0-for-19 slump.
Gordon had two hits and three stolen bases.
Marcell Ozuna hit his seventh homer for the Marlins, who lost for the fifth time in six games. Miguel Rojas followed with a single and scored on an RBI double by Hechavarria to cut the lead to 3-2.
Morrison, who was drafted by the Marlins in 2005 and stayed with the organization through 2013, pulled his sixth homer of the year to right field in the third, giving Tampa Bay a 1-0 lead.
NOTES: The Rays got 3B Evan Longoria back after he missed two games with plantar fasciitis - he served as the designated hitter, with rookie Daniel Robertson filling in at third base.