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Rays bats go quiet in loss to Toronto

August 6, 2019 general

Tuesday, 4 a.m. This is why they drive you crazy. This is why you can’t quite figure them out. For a week, the Tampa Bay Rays were sluggers, real back-them-up-against-the- wall-dynamos. They were scoring as if they were playing pinball, and they were hitting as if they would never stop. And then came Monday night. […]

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Rays keep on winning by drubbing Marlins

August 5, 2019 general

Monday, 4 a.m. This is how they fool you. This is how you buy into the Tampa Bay Rays. They haven’t had a better stretch all season. The Rays won their sixth straight game — tying a team record from back in May — by clubbing the Miami Marlins, 7-2, on Sunday. They’ve won eight […]

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Sogard’s ‘Nerd Power’ leads the Rays to a win over Miami

August 4, 2019 general

Sunday, 4 a.m. Let’s hear it for the Nerd. And while we’re at it, how about a shoutout for the geeks, the dweebs and the dorks, too. Eric Sogard, the recently acquired second baseman of the Tampa Bay Rays, and a man who has embraced the ‘Nerd Power’ nickname (he sells t-shirts with the label […]

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Newcomers help the Rays sweep the Red Sox

August 2, 2019 general

Friday, 4 a.m. So that’s how you say hello. The firm handshake. The confident smile. And a big performance that hints that you can help this team win. And welcome to the Rays, guys. The Rays completed a sweep of the Boston Red Sox Thursday night, winning a 9-4 victory. It was their fifth sweep […]

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Re-invented Rays beat Boston again as bats sizzle

August 1, 2019 general

Thursday, 3 a.m. The new parts of a re-invented baseball team will quickly learn this about the Tampa Bay Rays. — Travis d’Arnaud has become a hitting machine. d’Arnaud was hitting .206 going into July, but for the month of July, he hit .342 with eight homers. He had two more hits to up his […]

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Rays win as bullpen finally delivers against Boston

July 31, 2019 general

Wednesday, 4 a.m. It’s hard to overcome the Boston Red Sox. It’s hard to overcome David Price. It’s hard to overcome the Rays’ bullpen. It’s hard to overcome a rare wobbly start by Charlie Morton. But in Tuesday night’s 6-5 victory over the Sox at Fenway Park, did the Rays have to overcome a quick […]

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This time, the Rays rally from seven runs down

July 29, 2019 general

Monday, 3 a.m. One day, they give a game away. The next, they steal one in broad daylight. Maybe you can figure out the Tampa Bay Rays. The Rays won a game Sunday almost exactly the way they had lost one the day before. They won 10-9 over Toronto (after losing 10-9 the day before). […]

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Rays blow a seven-run lead in collapse against Blue Jays

July 28, 2019 general

Saturday, 4 a.m. If there was ever a defeat to suggest this team is going nowhere fast (except lower in the standings), this was the one. The Tampa Bay Rays suffered a punch to the gut Saturday afternoon, blowing a seven-run lead and falling in 12 innings to the Toronto Blue Jays, 10-9. The Rays, […]

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Yarbrough wins again as Rays beat Toronto

July 27, 2019 general

Sunday, 4 a.m. Travis d’Arnaud keeps hitting. Ryan Yarbrough keeps winning. It doesn’t mean the Rays’ recent slump is over, but for now, it’s a good start. The Rays beat Toronto, 3-1, on Friday night to open their three-game series. It was the team’s first game since news that starting pitcher Blake Snell would miss […]

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Rays lose starting pitcher Snell until September

July 26, 2019 general

Friday, 2 a.m. He is no longer the best pitcher on the staff. Charlie Morton is. He isn’t the next big thing. That belongs to Brendan McKay. He isn’t the surprise performer. That’s probably the designation that would go to Yonny Chirinos. But Blake Snell remains the most vital starter for the Tampa Bay Rays. […]

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