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Ramos singles in winning run against Astros

June 20, 2018 general

Wednesday, 4 a.m. Now that he has taken over the lead in the All-Star voting for catchers, Wilson Ramos doesn’t seem to want to leave any doubt. Ramos hit a bounding single off the glove of Yuri Gurriel in the eighth inning Tuesday night, driving in Matt Duffy with the winning run in a 2-1 […]

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Rays blow 4-0 lead and lose to Astros.

June 19, 2018 general

Tuesday, 4 a.m. The Tampa Bay Rays certainly know the sting of one-run losses. They’ve suffered 19 of them this year, which leads the major leagues. This one, however, was worse. This time, the Rays saw a 4-0 lead dwindle away in a 5-4 loss at the hands of the Houston Astros. The Astros won […]

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Rays finally win a game against the Yankees

June 18, 2018 general

Monday, 4 a.m. The Tampa Bay Rays finally played New York in a baseball game Sunday afternoon and managed not to get hit by the Yankees’ wallets. And the reason was, of all people, Wilmer Font. Font, just another arm the Rays were attempting to salvage a few weeks ago, continued his impressive start with […]

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Yankees’ pitching controls Rays’ hitters once again

June 17, 2018 general

Sunday, 3 a.m. It isn’t just the bombing. It’s also the blazing. It isn’t just the bats. It’s also the arms. The New York Yankees, once again, showed the Tampa Bay Rays just why they are contending for the AL East division lead. The Yankees shut down the Rays on just five hits behind Luis […]

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Yankees’ rookie dominates the Rays’ hitters

June 16, 2018 general

Saturday, 3 a.m. They are the best team in baseball, of course, because of Aaron Judge. And because of Giancarlo Stanton.  And because of the rest of the high-priced roster of the New York Yankees. Now, toss in Gary Sanchez, who walked to the plate hitting .188 before hitting a three-run double in the eighth […]

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Yankees hit two home runs to eclipse Rays

June 15, 2018 general

Friday, 4 a.m. The Rays rarely win one-run games. They only occasionally beat the top teams in the league.  They haven’t beaten the New York Yankees all season. It’s little wonder, then, that the Rays lost their series opener to New York, 4-3, on Thursday night. Not even pitcher Blake Snell, who had been terrific […]

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Duffy drives in winning run in bottom of ninth

June 14, 2018 general

Thursday, 4 a.m. He has 65 hits this year, not that anyone noticed. He has 335 over his career, not that anyone talks about any of them. Matt Duffy is the quiet man, the grinder, the full-day-at-work ballplayer. He is a excellent ballplayer until it is time to talk about excellent ballplayers. He goes about […]

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Bullpen lifts the Rays to a win over the Blue Jays

June 13, 2018 general

Wednesday, 4 a.m. On Bullpen Day, are the Tampa Bay Rays supposed to use their whole bullpen? It certainly seemed like it Tuesday night, when the Rays pieced together a fine pitching performance from six relief pitchers. None of the pitchers threw more than 2 2/3 innings, but only one of the five (Austin Pruitt) […]

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Young guns lead Rays to win over Blue Jays

June 12, 2018 general

Tuesday, 4 a.m. There is a new energy to the Rays’ clubhouse. There is a quicker step, and a fresher look.  There is a bit of a hop to the step of the players. The Young Guns are here. Could their time finally have arrived? The Rays, the just-got-here Tampa Bay Rays, not only beat […]

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Ask Gary: Does Johnson have a future with Bolts?

June 9, 2018 Basketball

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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