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Who was that team? Rays batter the Oakland As

June 24, 2019 general

Monday, 4 a.m. Wait a minute. Is this legal? Are the Tampa Bay Rays really allow to win one that isn’t close? Is it okay if they get good pitching out of the bullpen? Is it permissible if they get seven hits in a row? Is it legal for them to score eight runs over […]

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Castillo falters again in the late innings of a Rays’ loss

June 23, 2019 general

Sunday, 3 a.m. If there is really a race going on the AL East — and it’s debatable these days — it would appear that the Tampa Bay Rays are headed in the wrong direction. And can anyone stop this fall besides the rocks below? The Rays, who spent 44 days this year in the […]

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Bullpen, defense allow the Rays to snap a losing streak

June 21, 2019 general

Saturday, 3 a.m. Hey, there are more victories to be had out of the Tampa Bay roster. The way they were playing, who knew? The Rays snapped a four game losing streak, and a skid of 2-8 in their previous 10 games. Tampa Bay held off Oakland, 5-3, on Friday night behind solid pitching from the […]

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Here’s a perfectly ridiculous idea to save the Rays

June 21, 2019 general

Friday, 3 a.m. It’s a stupid idea in St. Petersburg. It’s a nutty idea in Montreal. It’s a laughable idea in Tampa. And it’s an absurd idea in the New York offices of Major League baseball. Yeah, you certainly have to hand it to Rob Manfred. This time, the stupidity has touched all the bases. […]

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Snell clobbered once again as Yankees sweep

June 20, 2019 general

Thursday, 3 a.m. Hello, Blake. Cy Young is on the phone. He says he wants his trophy back. The rough-and-tumble season of Blake Snell continued Wednesday, when the vaunted New York Yankees kicked him about severely in a 12-1 thrashing that made you forget all about Snell’s Cy Young season of a year ago. Snell […]

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Yankees dominate the Rays once again

June 19, 2019 general

Wednesday, 3 a.m. Talk about your classic matchups. In this dugout, you had Murderer’s Row. In the other one, you had Chaz Roe. Ouch. The New York Yankees are suddenly threatening to run away with the American League East race. They beat up the Rays and Roe Tuesday night, getting five straight hits in the […]

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Tanaka tames the bats of the Tampa Bay Rays

June 18, 2019 general

Tuesday, 4 a.m. It was such a big game. Why, then, did the Tampa Bay Rays have such little bats? The Rays barely offered any competition to the New York Yankees Monday night, losing their battle-for-first-place game to New York 3-0. Tampa Bay managed just two hits and a walk, offering little opposition to the […]

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Rays struggle once again at Tropicana Field

June 16, 2019 general

Sunday, 4 a.m. Somewhere in the grandstands, the ghosts of Chuck LaMar lives  on. In the power alleys lies the demon of Vince Naimoli, still hungry. A beast who looks something like Ben Grieve lurks beyond the outfield. The echoes of Wilson Alvarez must continue to haunt the place. How else can you explain the […]

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Rays rise from canvas to come back for big victory

June 15, 2019 general

Saturday, 4 a.m. Frankly, it was looking horrible, and miserable was right around the next turn. The Rays were unraveling. They were on their way to their fourth straight defeat, and you could argue whether the pitching was worse than the hitting or the other way around. Blake Snell lasted only 10 outs. In five […]

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Rays continue to stumble at Tropicana Field

June 14, 2019 general

Friday, 4 a.m. It was hard to blame Shohei Ohtani for treating Tropicana Field like home Thursday night. After all, the Rays aren’t claiming it. The Rays dropped their third straight game at Tropicana Field Thursday night,  5-3 to the Angels, lowering their season record to 18-17 at home. That’s in stark contrast to the […]

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