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Rays’ offense struggles again against Angels

May 24, 2017 general

Wednesday, 2 a.m. Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. The Rays’ offense has gone dark, but late in the game, the team mounts a rally. The bases are loaded with one out. And the Rays strike out. And strike out again. And leave three runners stranded. And lose as they waste a solid […]

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Walks lead to another Rays’ loss

May 23, 2017 general

TUESDAY, 2 a.m. Another day, another bullpen. And, as it turned out, another loss. The Rays continued to struggle against the relievers of the American League in a 3-2 loss to the Angels Monday night. The Rays scored both of their runs – on three hits – in the first inning Monday; they were held […]

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Diving catch ruins Rays’ chance of comeback

May 22, 2017 general

Monday, 4 a.m. Sometimes, the judgment goes the wrong way. Sometimes, the guys the fans aren’t cheering for steal the game with an incredible catch. Sometimes, the comeback goes away. It was that way Sunday, when Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees – a spectacular player, by the way — made a diving catch […]

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Random thoughts: How about a bad Dad confab?

May 21, 2017 general

Sunday, 4 a.m. Can anyone else imagine a Father’s Day panel with LaVar Ball, Richard Williams, Jim Pierce and Marv Marinovich? Why don’t we have a tournament to see who can embarrass their kids the most? – What do you know? Always Dreaming fell asleep. – For his next act, Joe Girardi will perform the […]

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Dickerson continues to hit as Rays win again

May 21, 2017 general

Sunday, 2 a.m. The way upward in the American League East is fairly easy for the Tampa Bay Rays. Just follow Corey Dickerson. Dickerson continued to be one of the league’s best hitters Sunday, driving two balls out of the park in a 9-5 victory over the New York Yankees. Dickerson took over the league […]

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Longoria leads Rays to big win over Yankees

May 20, 2017 general

Sunday, 3 a.m. He has been here, it seems, since dinosaurs were puppies. You cannot write much of the history of this team until you mention his name. And still, there is Evan Longoria. And still, he is pushing for more. Longo, the Rays all-time leader in just about every hitting category, was at it […]

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Beckham has another big game as Rays mash Marlins

May 5, 2017 general

Friday, 4 a.m. Bad news for the Tim Beckham critics out there. He was very good again on Thursday night. Beckham, the often-criticized shortstop of the Tampa Bay Rays, continued to provide an argument against the skeptics. He hit home runs in his first two at-bats against the Miami Marlins to lead a 5-1 victory […]

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Rough times return for Rays’ reliever Austin Pruitt

May 4, 2017 general

Wednesday, 3 a.m. The efficient streak of relief performances by the Rays’ Austin Pruitt came to a crashing end Thursday night. The Rays, finally at home after eight straight games on the road, held a two-run lead going into the sixth inning Wednesday night when Pruitt gave up seven straight hits. The Marlins scored five […]

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Cobb grits one out for Rays against Miami

May 3, 2017 general

Wednesday, 4 a.m. His fastball still isn’t back. His change-up still needs work. But the competitor in Alex Cobb? That’s back. Cobb refused to miss his start, or to depart early from it, because of a finger blister Tuesday night. Instead, he gritted it out and threw six shutout innings in a 3-1 victory. Cobb […]

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Beckham’s two-run double lifts Rays over Miami

May 2, 2017 general

Tuesday, 4 a.m. He still isn’t Buster Posey, okay? If that is your barometer to judge Tim Beckham, then he will never make you happy. But more and more, Beckham has become a solid major leaguer. More and more, he is showing that he could make a difference. It is fair to say that Beckham […]

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