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Rays lose another game in the late stages

June 13, 2019 general

Thursday, 4 a.m. They are built to win late, and to win close. They are built to turn tie games into victories. They are built to be better when the finish line is closer. Lately, however, the Tampa Bay Rays are not. The Rays saw another late game run away from them Wednesday afternoon as […]

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Rays can’t hold lead; lose another one-run game

June 12, 2019 general

Wednesday 4 a.m. They didn’t have enough hitting. They didn’t have enough pitching. They didn’t have enough defense. In other words, the Tampa Bay Rays didn’t have enough of a chance Tuesday night. The Rays lost to the Oakland A’s, 4-3, by not making enough plays. It continued a trend where Tampa Bay has not […]

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Morton keeps winning in 6-2 domination of A’s

June 11, 2019 general

Tuesday, 4 a.m. Someday, a bloop hit may drop in. Someday, maybe the ball could bounce off of the catwalk. Someday, there might be a throwing error, or an outfielder might misplay a fly ball, or a grounder might take a bad bounce. Yeah, someday, Charlie Morton might actually lose a game. But not now. […]

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Rays power their way past Boston once again

June 10, 2019 general

Monday, 4 a.m. After this weekend, you can expect the Boston Red Sox to drive the Tampa Bay Rays to the airport. You can expect them to carry their luggage for them. You can expect them to check in at the gate for them. You can expect them to escort them onto the plane. After […]

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Chirinos superb in dazzling win over Red Sox

June 8, 2019 general

Saturday, 4 a.m. He was impressive. Still, it wasn’t so much what the Rays saw of Yonny Chirinos Friday night. It wasn’t what their fans saw, either. Rather, it’s what the Boston Red Sox saw. Batter after batter, the perplexed Red Sox would look at Chirinos as they walked back toward their dugout. Chirinos went […]

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d’Arnaud (?) powers the Rays to win over Detroit

June 7, 2019 general

Friday, 4 a.m. Travis d’Arnaud? Really? Travis “Feared in the Deep” d’Arnaud? Travis “the Hammer” d’Arnaud? Travis “Back Them Up” d’Arnaud? Yeah, him. D’Arnaud, that slugging machine of the Tampa Bay Rays, powered his team to a 6-1 victory over the Detroit Tigers Thursday afternoon. d’Arnaud, who hadn’t had a home run since March of […]

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Morton stops another Rays’ losing streak

June 6, 2019 general

Wednesday, 4 a.m. He’s a stopper. He’s an ace. He’s a leader. So far, in fact, Charlie Morton is a bargain. Morton, the man who makes losing go away, stood up for his Tampa Bay Rays again Tuesday night, leading the Rays to a 4-0 victory over Detroit. Morton, 7-0 on the season, went seven […]

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Snell struggles again as his personal swoon continues

June 5, 2019 general

Wednesday, 4 a.m. In Tampa Bay, we do not do encores very well. For instance, in 2002, the Bucs won the Super Bowl; in 2003, they fell to 7-9. In 2004, the Lightning won the Stanley Cup; in 2005, there was no hockey (they lost 11 more years afterward). In 2008, the Rays went to […]

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Can Rays’ relievers make a lead stand up?

June 4, 2019 general

Tuesday, 4 a.m. They still strike out too often. There are times the baserunners need a GPS. Their hitting can disappear against a good pitcher. But the Tampa Bay Rays won’t fall short of their playoff aspirations in any of those areas. If they fall short, it will probably be because of the back end […]

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Ex-Rays lead Minnesota to another victory over Rays

June 3, 2019 general

Monday, 4 a.m. The Minnesota Twins might be the best team in baseball. Certainly, the Tampa Bay Rays hope so, because they are definitely lagging behind. For the third straight day, the Twins humbled the Rays, this time in a 9-7 victory that was highlighted by former Rays. Over the last three games of the […]

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