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Rays win again despite Colome’s shaky finish

April 11, 2018 general

Wednesday, 3 a.m. Miracle of miracles, what we have here is a winning streak. Two games worth. Whee. The Tampa Bays followed a familiar pattern to its second straight win, and third of the season, on Tuesday in a 6-5 victory over the Chicago White Sox. The Rays hit the ball decently, again, and held […]

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Rays escape to finally win another game

April 10, 2018 general

Tuesday, 3 a.m. Alex Colome juggled chain saws. Sergio Romo jumped up and down on a tight rope. On the other hand, they survived. And they allowed their Tampa Bay Rays, finally, to do so alongside them. Both Romo and Colome worked their way out of jams in the eighth and ninth innings, and the […]

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Rays blow huge lead for eighth straight defeat

April 9, 2018 general

Monday, 3 a.m. It’s hard to overstate the underachievement of the Tampa Bay Rays. Take Sunday, one of those rare games that  appeared to be in the control of the Rays. With four outs to go, they held a 7-2 lead over the Boston Red Sox. Finally, it appeared, they were going to generate enough […]

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Rays falter in extra innings and lose to Red Sox

April 6, 2018 general

Friday, 4 a.m. When a team is doing so little right, even a mixed bag can feel right. Ask the Tampa Bay Rays, who fell — at least temporally — into the American League East basement Thursday with a 3-2, 12-inning loss to the Boston Red Sox. It was a good-news-bad-news kind of day of […]

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Yankees’ bombers lead easy victory over Rays

April 5, 2018 general

Thursday, 4 a.m. This is how the murdered feel. This is what it’s like on the other side of a clobbering. The New York Yankees bludgeoned the feeble Tampa Bay Rays Wednesday, bashing them 7-2 as Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton and Gary Sanchez all hit two-run homers. For the Rays, starter Blake Snell recorded only […]

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Span leads improbable comeback by Rays

March 30, 2018 Tampa Bay Rays

Friday, 4 a.m. On the first step of the journey, there was magic. There was an improbable comeback. There was a hero coming home (and sending teammates there, too). There was timely hitting (and very little otherwise). There was solid defense. There was a solid bullpen. There was a victory over an old rival. There […]

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Sternberg thinks his Rays will be better than you do

March 30, 2018 general

Friday, 3 a.m. On a clear day, you can see the scoreboard. Stu Sternberg stands on the turf at Tropicana Field, and like many who represent the Rays, he sees blue skies and sunshine. The 2018 season is upon him and his team, and frankly, he thinks it will go over fairly well. “If the […]

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Do the Rays have enough power to win?

March 29, 2018 general

Thursday, 4 a.m. Remember the crack of the bat, that sharp, distinctive, violent sound. Remember the arc of the ball, soaring long and far, tucking just under the catwalk, headed toward the Beach. Remember the slow jog around the bases, itself a celebration of power. Remember  the suddenness of the home run, that ball that […]

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Rays’ Cash still believes in his team

March 28, 2018 general

Wednesday, 4 a.m. On a new morning in his old house, Kevin Cash sat in a dugout with his back to the wall. Given the expectations of the road ahead, it seemed as fitting a place for Cash to start his journey as anywhere. In front of him was the new turf of the Trop. […]

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Reasons to watch these Rays, in spite of it all

March 26, 2018 general

Monday, 4 a.m. You watch because, at the core, it’s a fascinating game. It’s speed and power and quickness and endurance. It’s nine innings, and the clock doesn’t matter. The little guy who can’t hit gets almost as many whacks as the big bopper. It’s baseball. And you search for a reason to care. Things […]

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