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Cold Rays are swept by Boston as funk continues

August 10, 2017 Baseball

Thursday, 3:30 a.m. Here’s a thought. Maybe it’s time for the Tampa Bay Rays to stop talking about the American League wild-card race. After all, the way they are playing, it’s hard to consider them to be a post-season team. The Rays lost their fourth out of five games Wednesday night, and it really didn’t […]

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The Rays’ hitless wonders whiff against Red Sox

August 9, 2017 general

Wednesday, 3 a.m. If HBO wants another Tampa Bay team, we have just the one for them. They are the Tampa Bay Rays. The team with almost No Knocks. The Rays’ quiet offense was mute again Tuesday night, losing a 2-0 game to the Boston Red Sox to continue their latest hitting funk. The Rays […]

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Who would be the Rays’ MVP so far?

August 8, 2017 Baseball

Tuesday, 4 a.m. As we approach the three-quarter turn, the Tampa Bay Rays, somehow, still have a pulse. They are not a team for the ages. We can admit that. But on the nights when their hitting doesn’t disappear, and on the nights they run the bases with a bit of sense, and on the […]

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Souza smashes walk-off home run as Rays finally win

August 7, 2017 Baseball

Monday, 2 a.m. The RBI was three days in the making. But the moment took three years to develop. Steven Souza Jr., the unpredictable one, slammed a home run to left field in the bottom of the ninth inning Sunday, providing the Rays with a walk-off win, 2-1, over the Milwaukee Brewers. It was only […]

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Once again, Rays fail to score against Milwaukee

August 6, 2017 Baseball

Sunday, 3 a.m. There are mice in the scoreboard, and they have gnawed away at the wiring. There are termites in the bats, and they have eaten away at the sweet spots. There are stop signs on the base paths. Surely, there has to be something that has affected the Rays’ failure to reach home. […]

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Ask Gary: Why did Rays give away Beckham?

August 5, 2017 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, make a comment […]

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Brewers shut out a weary Tampa Bay team, 2-0

August 5, 2017 general

Saturday, 2 a.m. It was late when the Rays got home Friday morning. So late, in fact, that it may have prevented them from getting home on Friday night. The Rays, fresh off winning three of four against a strong Houston team, stumbled and fell, 2-0, to Milwaukee Friday night. The Rays had 14 runners […]

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Rays’ bullpen closes the door on the Astros

August 4, 2017 Baseball

Friday, 2 a.m. Don’t look now, but the Tampa Bay Rays seem to have turned their biggest flaw into one of their biggest threats. Oh, what the heck. Go ahead. Look. There have been too many nights when the bullpen made you cover your eyes. The bullpen of the Tampa Bay Rays was once known […]

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Rays’ Pruitt throws a surprising gem against Astros

August 3, 2017 Baseball

Thursday, 2 a.m. It may have been their most surprising victory of the season. Certainly, it featured their most surprising star. Austin Pruitt, a pitcher who has been demoted twice this season, outdueled Astros’ star Dallas Keuchel in a 3-0 victory, throwing 6 1/3 innings of shutout baseball. Yeah, you read that right. Austin beat […]

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Longo’s cycle leads Rays to win

August 2, 2017 Baseball

  Wednesday, 2 a.m. Captain America is known for his cycle. Marlon Brando is known for his. Peter Fonda, too. And the guy who used to be known as Lance Armstrong. And now, there is Evan Longoria. Cyclist.  Content beyond this point is for members only.

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