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Rays drop one to Baltimore in extra innings

April 19, 2019 general

Thursday, 4 a.m. So what does it take for the Tampa Bay Rays to lose a baseball game? It takes a litany of bad plays. It takes a comeback that fell just short. It takes a reliever finally looking mortal. It takes a baserunning gaffe. It takes an ordinary night by Jalen Beeks. Also, it […]

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Rays have a blast as they beat Baltimore

April 18, 2019 general

Thursday, 4 a.m. Inside, there was a party going on. Someone was having fun. There was shouting, and there was clapping. Music spilled out of the room, as if often does for young men at play.  There was yelling, and every time a player would walk into the clubhouse, it would start all over again. […]

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Once again, Slam Brothers close the door for Rays

April 17, 2019 general

Tuesday, 3 a.m. Around the Tampa Bay Rays, it is fashionable to talk about the starters. Maybe, though, a little more emphasis should be placed on the finishers. Sure, the starting pitching was solid again for the Rays. Tyler Glasnow went seven innings and allowed only two earned runs to improve his record  to 4-0.All […]

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10 disappointing days for Tampa Bay sports fans

April 16, 2019 general

Tuesday, 4 a.m. The sun does not shine. The air is not sweet. Food does not taste good. The traffic is annoying. Your co-workers get on your nerves. The water is never chilled. These are the days after failure. The worst of all possible times. The night before, there was life, and there were possibilities. […]

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Unsung heroes lead another Rays’ victory

April 15, 2019 general

Monday, 3 a.m. Of all the possible heroes of the Tampa Bay Rays, who ever would have suspected Mike Zunino? He has spent most of his season as an out waiting to happen. He wasn’t in the lineup Sunday. And when he walked toward the plate, it wasn’t as if the infielders backed up at […]

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With Snell pulled from the game, Blue Jays rally

April 14, 2019 general

Sunday, 3 a.m. Sometimes, you don’t beat Tampa Bay’s Blake Snell. You just wait him out. Take the Toronto Blue Jays, who had no earthly idea of how to compete against Snell Saturday afternoon. They went after him for six innings, but all they got was a bloop hit, a walk and zero runs. Nine […]

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Random thoughts: Rays’ early in pulling Snell

April 14, 2019 general

Sunday, 2 a.m. Ah, so that’s how you beat Blake Snell.  You just pull him out of the game. Of course, you have to be his own manager to do so. — Can an entire league play rope-a-dope? Was the rest of the NHL playing possum as the Lightning set itself up for a collapse? […]

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Ask Gary: Are the Rays good enough at trading?

April 13, 2019 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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Rays survive seventh inning to beat the Blue Jays

April 13, 2019 general

Saturday, 2 a.m. They were good. They were bad. Ultimately, they were survivors. The Tampa Bay Rays were a lot of things Friday night — and some of them weren’t so good — before finishing an 11-7 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays. Tampa Bay is now 11-3 and 5 1/2 games up in the […]

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Glasnow leads Rays to sweep of White Sox

April 11, 2019 general

Thursday, 3 a.m. As far as their rivalry with the Chicago White Sox, allow the Tampa Bay Rays to say this: More, please. The Rays continued to make life miserable for the Sox Thursday, completing a streak with a 9-1 victory over Chicago. It was,  pretty much, the same as the previous day. And the […]

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