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Say what? The quotes that came before the decisions

June 23, 2017 general

Friday, 4 a.m. It sounded like a good idea at the time. Before there was the action, there had to be a thought. Someone had to think that the worst follies in the history of sports were actually good ideas. Someone had to feel smarter than everyone else. Only they weren’t. Still, before you charge […]

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Newcomers lead Rays to another series victory

June 22, 2017 general

Thursday, 2 a.m. As recently as June 9, Taylor Featherston was a Philly. Mallex Smith was a Durham Bull. And Trevor Plouffe was an Oakland A. Today? Today they are part of the new Murderer’s Row of the Tampa Bay Rays. Taylor and Trevor both went deep Wednesday to pace the Rays to an 8-3 […]

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Colome gets a save, but mostly, he survives

June 21, 2017 general

Wednesday, 2 a.m. This is why it is hard to trust the save statistic. In collecting his most recent one, the best thing that Alex Colome did was to survive. Colome earned the 20th save of this season against Cincinnati Tuesday night, but it was hardly a night he’ll tell his grandchildren about. Colome struggled, […]

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Even after defeat, the Rays are better than last year

June 20, 2017 general

Tuesday, 3 a.m. You would not call them dangerous. You would not call them dominant. You would not call them dynamic. Not yet, anyway. And still, the Tampa Bay Rays are better than they were. Isn’t that a start? This time a year ago, the Rays were about to conclude an 11-game losing streak that […]

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Bullpen implodes as Rays let Reds get healthy

June 20, 2017 general

Wednesday, 1 a.m. For a minute, just for a minute, the Tampa Bay Rays looked like the Comeback Kids once again. As quick as light switch bringing on the darkness, the Rays had battled back from a 3-0 deficit. They had tied the game, and they looked as if they were about to hand the […]

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Rays homer their way to victory over Detroit

June 19, 2017 general

Monday, 1 a.m. After two straight games of small ball, the Tampa Bay Rays evidently missed hitting home runs. Sunday, they made up for it. The Rays hit five home runs in their 9-1 bashing of the Detroit Tigers Sunday, including two by Logan Morrison and a grand slam by Steven Souza Jr. The Rays […]

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Archer stops another Rays’ losing streak

June 18, 2017 general

Sunday, 2 a.m. There are days he looks sharp. There are days he looks dominant. With Chris Archer, there are days he looks like the stopper for the Tampa Bay Rays. Archer was at it again Saturday, snapping a three-game losing streak in a 3-2 victory over the Detroit Tigers. It was the third time […]

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Tigers hand the Rays their worst loss of the year

June 17, 2017 general

Saturday, 2 a.m. Their defense was better. Their pitching was better. Their hitting was better. So is there any wonder that the Detroit Tigers won an easy game over the Tampa Bay Rays Friday night? The Tigers knocked the Rays around severely, taking a 13-4 win. The Tigers scored 10 of their runs in the […]

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Rays lose as Tigers’ Cabrera goes deep

June 16, 2017 general

Saturday, 4 a.m. Perhaps the last place the Tampa Bay Rays would look for defeat is on the inside of Daniel Robertson’s glove. There it was, however. The slick-fielding infielder of the Rays made two errors Thursday night, leading the way to Miguel Cabrera and the Detroit Tigers, 5-3. Cabrera hit a two-run walkoff homer […]

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This time, Rays defeated on opponents’ homers

June 15, 2017 general

Thursday, 3:30 a.m. Sometimes, it isn’t the home runs that the Tampa Bay Rays hit. Sometimes, it’s the ones they give up. The Rays came from ahead once again Wednesday night, losing a 7-6 decision to the Toronto Blue Jays. Tampa Bay starter Jake Odorizzi, who gives up a lot of homers, gave up a […]

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