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Rays finally take offense in easy win over Twins

April 22, 2018 Baseball

Sunday, 3 a.m. Who are those guys? You know, the guys with the heavy lumber? The guys scattered all over the bases? The guys who keep crossing the plate? Could those be … the Tampa Bay Rays? Really? The Rays finally showed up with their bats Saturday evening, bashing the Twins in a 10-1 victory. […]

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After blowing lead, Rays rally for extra-inning win

April 21, 2018 general

Saturday, 2 a.m. Sometimes, it’s better to walk off than run away. Just ask the Tampa Bay Rays, who endured a gut-punch on their way to an 8-7, 10-inning win over the Minnesota Twins. It was a game with the lowest of lows, and one that finished with the highest of highs. Tampa Bay led […]

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Faria pitches the way he did in the old days

April 19, 2018 general

Thursday, 3 a.m. It was long ago, back when Jake Faria was. young and the world was new. It was July 25 of 2017, and back inn those days, he was an efficient rookie. He had just ran his record to 5-1 for the Tampa Bay Rays, and it seemed as if he would be […]

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Rays clobbered again in loss to Rangers

April 18, 2018 general

Wednesday, 4 a.m. Once again, ouch. After a night off from losing, the Tampa Bay Rays returned to their doldrums Tuesday night, getting thumped by the Texas Rangers, 7-2. It was the sixth time this season that the Rays lost by at least five runs. Pitcher Yonny Chirinos, who had not allowed a run all […]

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Rays finally win a lop-sided decision vs. Rangers

April 17, 2018 Tampa Bay Bucs

Tuesday, 3 a.m. So this is what it’s like other places. The hitting clicks. The pitching dominates. The defense is good. The team wins …by a lot. Ease finally came fo the Tampa Bay Rays Monday night in an 8-4 — yes, 8-4 — victory over the Texas Rangers. Prior to the game, the Rays […]

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Rays lose Kiermaier to thumb injury

April 16, 2018 general

Monday, 2 a.m. The season has been painful enough. It has been 15 games of agony, a trail-of-tears march across broken glass. You could spend a day debating if the pitching has been worse than the defense, and if the hitting has been worse than them both. The more you think about it, the more you […]

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Fresh Deal? Archer clobbered as Rays lose again

April 15, 2018 general

Wednesday, 1 a.m. Can a pitching staff have a four of hearts? Pitcher Chris Archer, supposedly the ace of the Rays’ pitching staff, the stopper, struggled once again Saturday night.  Archer lasted only four innings and gave up eight hits and seven earned runs. The Rays fell, 9-4, to take their 11th loss in their […]

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Ask Gary: Wondering what Cash is really thinking

April 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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Bullpen wobbly as Rays drop another close game

April 14, 2018 general

Saturday, 2 a.m. The season is still early, but some of the Tampa Bay Rays problems are growing old in a hurry. For the Rays, it was another day, another loss. It was a bullpen that wasn’t good enough. It was hitting that didn’t show up often enough. It was flubs that keep being repeated. […]

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Rays don’t do the simple things in defeat

April 12, 2018 general

Friday, 3 a.m. It’s the ultimate rule in baseball: The big moments will devour the bad teams. All of which lead to the Tampa Bay Rays, who have some explaining to do. The Rays lost a 2-1 game to the Chicago White Sox because they fell short in the crucial moments.  Content beyond this point […]

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