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Rays hope they have enough time for playoffs

September 17, 2018 general

Monday, 3 a.m. The odds were always against them. Never, however, have the Tampa Bay Rays faced such odds. Even on the day when they clinched their first winning season in five years, it was hard not to look at the standings and ponder the fate of the Rays, who beat the Oakland A’s 5-4 […]

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After prolonged slump, Bauers hits winning homer

September 16, 2018 general

Sunday, 3 a.m. His bats were receiving CARE packages. His average was bleeding. His RBI total was on oxygen. Yeah, Jake Bauers was struggling, all right. It was getting to the point where you wanted to check to see if he was holding the proper end of the bat. And then he swung. And the […]

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Rays lost to A’s despite giving up only three hits

September 15, 2018 general

Saturday, 3 a.m. As surprisingly good as their season has been, one could not blame the fans of the Tampa Bay Rays if they wanted to see it go on a little further. Any such wishes took a blow to the chin Friday night, as the Rays lost a 2-1, 10-inning game to the Oakland […]

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Do the Rays have a shot at seasonal awards?

September 14, 2018 general

Wednesday, 4 a.m. As they say at the Academy Awards, it’s nice just to be nominated. Nothing is wrong with finishing second for a major award, or third. Nothing is wrong with someone talking about your excellence. Nothing is terrible about finishing high in the balloting. On the other hand, you can make a great […]

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Terrific turnaround: Snell wins his 19th of the season

September 13, 2018 general

Thursday, 4 a.m. Maybe the key was in the early days, when Jim Hickey would tell him why he was being sent down and what he needed to work on. Maybe it was when Chris Archer was with him in the weight room, talking about what kind of potential he had. Maybe it was Kyle […]

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Ranking the general managers of Tampa Bay sports

September 13, 2018 general

Thursday, 3 a.m. He is in charge of today. And he is in charge of tomorrow. He has to win. Today and tomorrow. He has to make the chemistry work. He has to bring in the right free agents, and make the right trades, and promote the right players like an orchestra leader. He has […]

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Bieber shuts down Rays, ends home winning streak

September 12, 2018 general

Wednesday, 3 p.m. In hindsight, maybe the Tampa Bay Rays were worried about the wrong starting pitcher. Turns out, it was Shane Bieber, not Corey Kluber, who shut down the Rays like a Cy Young award candidate. Bieber struck out 11 Rays in 6 2/3 innings of three-hit, shutout baseball Tuesday night to end the […]

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One swing, and Choi turns defeat into victory

September 11, 2018 Florida State University

Tuesday, 3 a.m. As home runs go, it only felt as if it was out of this world. After all, it started halfway around it. And as designated hitters go, well, Ji-Man is the man. One out from having their record streak snapped, Ji-Man Choi launched a two-run homer off of Cleveland’s Brad Hand to […]

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Rays join in city’s offensive fireworks weekend

September 10, 2018 general

Monday, 3 a.m. Well, look whose all about offense these days. Tampa Bay is suddenly making scoreboards explode. The Bucs score 48. USF scores 49. And the Tampa Bay Rays? They’ve got their offense going, as well. The Rays completed a three-game sweep of the Baltimore Orioles Sunday afternoon, scoring 32 runs along the way. […]

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Rays’ offense keeps rolling in big win over Baltimore

September 9, 2018 general

Sunday, 2 a.m. Maybe the outfielders should back up. Maybe the opposition should get the married men out of the infield. Maybe the Tampa Bay Rays need to buy more light bulbs for the scoreboard, just in case. The sweet-hitting Rays — and have you ever heard that before? — kept it up Saturday night, […]

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