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Rays lose third in a row after a sloppy sixth inning

July 23, 2017 general

Sunday, 2 a.m. At a time the Tampa Bay Rays need to be inserting themselves squarely in the division race, the team is going in the wrong direction. The Rays lost their third straight game Saturday night, falling 4-3 to the Texas Rangers. The loss dropped the Rays to a percentage point behind the New […]

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Ask Gary: Once again, the Juice is loose

July 22, 2017 College Sports in Florida

(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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Cash shows faith in Cobb, but loses in the 10th

July 21, 2017 general

Saturday, 2 a.m. When do you leave him in? When do you take him out? And do you get blamed for both? Rays’ manager Kevin Cash was caught with two unacceptable answers Friday night, and it cost the team in a 4-3 loss to the Texas Rangers. It was the second straight loss by the […]

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How are Rays better? Let’s count the ways

July 21, 2017 general

Friday, 4 a.m. This year, they are in the middle of the race. Last year, they were dead in the water. This year, they have a pulse. Last year, they were two steps beyond Last Rites. This year, they matter. Last year, they were just another team finishing out a forgettable season. Yes, things are […]

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Rays’ Faria shows his mortality in loss to A’s

July 20, 2017 general

Thursday, 2 a.m. Jake Faria, the Quality Kid, is human, after all. Faria suffered his first defeat of the year, and his first non-quality start, as the Rays fell 7-2 to the Oakland A’s. It was the second straight series the Rays didn’t take advantage of a chance to sweep in the final game. Faria, […]

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Rays win a memorable game in 4-3 comeback

July 19, 2017 general

Wednesday 3 a.m. Gee, Kevin Cash. You should have seen it. Your team was down to its last heartbeat, with two out in the ninth and no one on. Your bullpen, maligned all season, had a starring role. And the player known for his glove came through with the bat. It all added up to […]

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Head to head to head, it’s easy to figure a close race

July 18, 2017 general

Tuesday, 4 a.m. Now that they are in a dogfight, how are you supposed to judge the bite of  the dog? The Red Sox. The Yankees. The Rays. Who’s better? So far, it’s Boston, by a whole two games. The Yankees and Rays are both in the wild-card hunt. If the season ended today, all […]

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Odorizzi throws like the pitcher you remember

July 18, 2017 general

Tuesday, 2 a.m. The guy on the mound looked familiar. You might swear that you had seen him before. Same scowl, same swagger, same stuff. Hey. Didn’t you used to be Jake Odorizzi? Odorizzi, coming off one of his worst outings, came back with one of his best against the Oakland A’s Monday night. Odorizzi […]

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Sports has given us a century’s worth of memories

July 17, 2017 College Sports in Florida

eMonday, 4 a.m. Joe Montana, leading his team to a comeback in Super Bowl XXIII…Reggie Jackson, exploding at the plate in the ’77 World Series. Michael Phelps, splashing his way to another gold medal…Michael Jordan, his tongue hanging out, hitting from the top of the key to claim another NBA title…Serena Williams, stuffing her trophy […]

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Rays let series finale slip away against Angels

July 17, 2017 general

Monday, 1 a.m. Now that the games count extra for the Tampa Bay Rays, losses like Sunday’s are sure to linger a little longer. The Rays lost to the Angels, 4-3, in a game that felt as if it had slipped away. The Rays could have come within 1 ½ games of the division leading […]

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