Baseball

Cold Rays are swept by Boston as funk continues

August 10, 2017 Baseball

Thursday, 3:30 a.m. Here’s a thought. Maybe it’s time for the Tampa Bay Rays to stop talking about the American League wild-card race. After all, the way they are playing, it’s hard to consider them to be a post-season team. The Rays lost their fourth out of five games Wednesday night, and it really didn’t […]

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Who would be the Rays’ MVP so far?

August 8, 2017 Baseball

Tuesday, 4 a.m. As we approach the three-quarter turn, the Tampa Bay Rays, somehow, still have a pulse. They are not a team for the ages. We can admit that. But on the nights when their hitting doesn’t disappear, and on the nights they run the bases with a bit of sense, and on the […]

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Souza smashes walk-off home run as Rays finally win

August 7, 2017 Baseball

Monday, 2 a.m. The RBI was three days in the making. But the moment took three years to develop. Steven Souza Jr., the unpredictable one, slammed a home run to left field in the bottom of the ninth inning Sunday, providing the Rays with a walk-off win, 2-1, over the Milwaukee Brewers. It was only […]

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Once again, Rays fail to score against Milwaukee

August 6, 2017 Baseball

Sunday, 3 a.m. There are mice in the scoreboard, and they have gnawed away at the wiring. There are termites in the bats, and they have eaten away at the sweet spots. There are stop signs on the base paths. Surely, there has to be something that has affected the Rays’ failure to reach home. […]

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Rays’ bullpen closes the door on the Astros

August 4, 2017 Baseball

Friday, 2 a.m. Don’t look now, but the Tampa Bay Rays seem to have turned their biggest flaw into one of their biggest threats. Oh, what the heck. Go ahead. Look. There have been too many nights when the bullpen made you cover your eyes. The bullpen of the Tampa Bay Rays was once known […]

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Rays’ Pruitt throws a surprising gem against Astros

August 3, 2017 Baseball

Thursday, 2 a.m. It may have been their most surprising victory of the season. Certainly, it featured their most surprising star. Austin Pruitt, a pitcher who has been demoted twice this season, outdueled Astros’ star Dallas Keuchel in a 3-0 victory, throwing 6 1/3 innings of shutout baseball. Yeah, you read that right. Austin beat […]

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Longo’s cycle leads Rays to win

August 2, 2017 Baseball

  Wednesday, 2 a.m. Captain America is known for his cycle. Marlon Brando is known for his. Peter Fonda, too. And the guy who used to be known as Lance Armstrong. And now, there is Evan Longoria. Cyclist.  Content beyond this point is for members only.

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Astros clobber Rays as Cobb is chased early

August 1, 2017 Baseball

Tuesday, 3 a.m. It was so bad that the Rays’ last relief pitcher was a catcher. It was so bad that the Rays’ had two hits going into the eighth inning. It was so bad that the Rays lost by a football score. Yeah, it was painful, all right. The Rays lost, 14-7, and gave […]

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Bullpen sharp as Rays finally win one in New York

July 31, 2017 Baseball

Monday, 2 a.m. Need one word to describe the latest game by the Tampa Bay Rays? How about “relief?” Relief, as in the feeling of a baseball team winning after it had lost eight of the previous 10 games. Relief, as in a team stopping the slide downward in the standings. And relief, as in […]

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New faces, but same results for Rays’ bullpen

July 30, 2017 Baseball

Sunday, 2 a.m. Say this about the rebuilt bullpen of the Tampa Bay Rays. Brett Gardner likes it. In fact, Gardner is a huge fan after the first three games of the Yankees’ series against the Rays. Gardner has had four hits in the series, including three in the ninth inning or later. He’s had […]

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