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McKay struggles as the Mariners bomb Rays

August 20, 2019 general

Tuesday, 4 a.m. Quick. Someone stop Brendan McKay’s backslide. For goodness sakes, the kid is getting worse. McKay struggled once again Monday night, lasting only two innings and giving up seven runs (only three earned) in a 9-3 loss to the last-place Seattle Mariners. McKay gave up three hits and walked three, meaning that in […]

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Brosseau finally rewards Rays’ pitchers

August 18, 2019 general

Sunday, 3 a.m. Mike Brosseau is the kid from nowhere, a flinty ballplayer who will surprise you with his bat. Eric Sogard lives two houses down from Brosseau in nowhere, a scrappy ballplayer who will surprise you with his moments. Together, they brought the Tampa Bay Rays back from the border to nowhere, combining for […]

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For the Rays, Home is for Horrors

August 17, 2019 general

Saturday, 3 a.m. They’re home again. And maybe, just maybe, those beds are too comfortable. There is something about playing at home that makes most teams a little better. Not so with the Tampa Bay Rays, who continued to struggle at Tropicana Field with a 2-0 loss to Detroit. Content beyond this point is for […]

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Rays’ rotation finally catches up to them

August 15, 2019 general

Thursday, 4 a.m. Winning nine road games in a row ins’t easy. As beaten up as the Rays’ starting rotation is, it’s even more rare. The rotation — missing Blake Snell, missing Tyer Glasnow, missing Yonny Chirinos — finally caught up with the Rays Wednesday in San Diego as Jalen Beeks struggled in a 7-2 […]

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Rays come back to beat Padres again

August 14, 2019 general

Wednesday, 4 a.m. Uh-oh. He’s baa-aack. Jose Alvarado, the pitcher who has perfected nervous watching for the Tampa Bay Rays, returned to the mound Tuesday night. And it was time to chew your fingernails all over again. Oh, the Rays won … again. They won their fifth straight game, and their sixth of seven games, […]

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Streaking Rays approaching record wins

August 13, 2019 general

Tuesday, 4 a.m. When they are on a streak such as this one, your imagination runs away with you. They are 20 games over .500. They are on an eight-game road winning streak. They had 14 hits Monday night. And so you ask: Could this be the best Rays’ team ever? I know, I know. […]

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Yarbrough nearly flawless in win over Seattle

August 12, 2019 general

Monday, 4 a.m. For Ryan Yarbrough, it could have been better. He could have gone one more out. He could have given up less than three hits. He could have struck out more than eight batters. All in all, however, the Rays will take it. Yarbrough, who has now won as many games in the […]

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Once again, Pagan saves the Rays’ victory

August 11, 2019 general

Sunday, 4 a.m. Don’t look now, but the Tampa Bay Rays may finally have found a closer. The Rays, who have struggled with their late-inning bullpen for most of the season, have finally found a reliable arm to turn to in that of Emilio Pagan, who has saves in five of his last eight appearances. […]

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Bullpen bails out Rays in late victory

August 10, 2019 general

Saturday, 4 a.m. When last we could bear to look through our fingers, they were a national disaster. It was only a few games ago, and they were napalm in the morning. The bullpen of the Tampa Bay Rays kept going into games, and they kept throwing gas on the fire. They were the weakest […]

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This time, the Rays can’t catch the Blue Jays

August 8, 2019 general

Thursday, 3 a.m. This time, the comeback fell short. This time, the tying run died on base. This time, the Rays lost — again — to the Toronto Blue Jays. A day after a six-run rally beat the Jays, the Rays were unable to overcome a four-run deficit in a 4-3 defeat. They scored three […]

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