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Rays come from behind to clobber Twins

July 15, 2018 general

Sunday, 3 a.m. Runs. Doubles and home runs. Singles and triples. Walks and stolen bases. A team touching home plate enough to wear it out. How many times have you seen the Rays like this? They exploded late with three straight five-run innings (it’s been 27 years since baseball witnessed that)? They turned a 6-4 […]

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Ask Gary: Are the Bolts locking up too many?

July 14, 2018 general

Each week, the readers take over GarySheltonsports.com and play Ask Gary. They send in a question, or a couple, on Thursday night or Friday morning and we all talk about the world of sports. Think of it as a radio show where you don’t have to be on hold. Join us and ask a question, […]

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Twins rough up another Rays’ starting pitcher

July 14, 2018 general

Saturday, 3 a.m. They were the guys you trusted the most, the guys you were certain you could rely upon. Nate and Blake. Blake and Nate They were the the real starters, the guys that the rest of the jumble of the Rays’ pitching rotation was built around. For all the “bullpen days” that the […]

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Twins treat Snell, Rays rudely in defeat

July 13, 2018 general

Friday, 4 a.m. No, it wasn’t about the rain in Minnesota. It was about ending the reign of Blake Snell in Minnesota. Snell, who has been sharp enough this season that analysts and fans have expressed ire that he was left off the American League All-Star team, had his roughest outing of the season against […]

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Cron, Smith control the airways against Tigers

July 12, 2018 general

Thursday, 4 a.m. Sometimes, you win by the big fly. Sometimes, you win by catching the dangerous fly. And sometimes, you need both. Just ask the Tampa Bay Rays, who completed a sweep of the Detroit Tigers with a 4-2 victory Wednesday afternoon. The Rays won their fifth game in a. a row, and their […]

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Ramos leaves no doubt that he’s an all-star

July 11, 2018 general

Wednesday, 4 a.m. Someone should tell Wilson Ramos he can relax. He’s made the team. Okay? Ramos, the Rays’ all-star catcher,  was at it again on Tuesday night. Once again, he led the Rays to a victory, 5-2 over Detroit. Ramos hit his second home run in two nights. His 14 home runs have tied […]

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Nice drawings, but who’s going to pay for stadium?

July 11, 2018 general

Wednesday, 3 a.m. Say this for the Rays’ proposed new stadium: It’s as shiny as a bag of dimes. On the other hand, the question of where  those dimes comes from remain unanswered. This, as they say, is the easy part. Ever since the Rays focused on the site in Ybor City for its new […]

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Rays survive up-and-down game against Tigers

July 10, 2018 general

Tuesday, 4 a.m. For most of the season, they have been subject to the rises and falls of baseball There are days when you swear the Rays are better than they have played, that they could indeed muster a charge at the second wild-card berth. Then there are the days when the bats turn invisible, […]

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Eovaldi dazzles for Rays in win over Mets

July 9, 2018 general

Monday, 4 a.m. With every pitch he threw, with every batter he retired, Nathan Eovaldi sent the Rays’ front office a message. Do not trade me. Darn it. How much clearer could the signal be? If the phone rings, do not answer. If someone sends a text, do not respond. For all the whispers about […]

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The case for — and against — Snell as an all-star

July 9, 2018 general

Monday, 3 a.m. First, you light the torches. Later, you can gather the pitchforks. Yeah, it’s time to storm the castle all right. Blake Snell has been left off of the American League all-star team, and there is rage to be expressed. Grrr. And all that. But if you look a little more closely, the […]

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