Exclusive Rays coverage by Gary Shelton Sports

Astros clobber Rays as Cobb is chased early

August 1, 2017 Baseball

Tuesday, 3 a.m. It was so bad that the Rays’ last relief pitcher was a catcher. It was so bad that the Rays’ had two hits going into the eighth inning. It was so bad that the Rays lost by a football score. Yeah, it was painful, all right. The Rays lost, 14-7, and gave […]

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Bullpen sharp as Rays finally win one in New York

July 31, 2017 Baseball

Monday, 2 a.m. Need one word to describe the latest game by the Tampa Bay Rays? How about “relief?” Relief, as in the feeling of a baseball team winning after it had lost eight of the previous 10 games. Relief, as in a team stopping the slide downward in the standings. And relief, as in […]

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New faces, but same results for Rays’ bullpen

July 30, 2017 Baseball

Sunday, 2 a.m. Say this about the rebuilt bullpen of the Tampa Bay Rays. Brett Gardner likes it. In fact, Gardner is a huge fan after the first three games of the Yankees’ series against the Rays. Gardner has had four hits in the series, including three in the ninth inning or later. He’s had […]

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The Rays are different, but are they better?

July 29, 2017 Baseball

Saturday, 2 a.m. The newly reconstructed Tampa Bay Rays face an age-old question these days. Are they better off? A flurry of activity – three trades in two days, six in six weeks – didn’t help the Rays Friday night in a 6-1 defeat by the New York Yankees at Yankee  Content beyond this point […]

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Routine ground ball sets up Rays’ defeat

July 28, 2017 Baseball

Friday, 2 a.m. After their latest loss, the Tampa Bay Rays will not remember a walk-off home run by the Yankees’ Brett Gardner in the 11th inning. Nor will they remember a leadoff triple by Gardner in the 9th that led to the tying run. No, this game will forever be remembered for a routine […]

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The schedule gets trickier for the Tampa Bay Rays

July 27, 2017 Baseball

Thursday, 3 a.m. For the Tampa Bay Rays, this may be where the wildcard is won. Or lost. The water is about to get deep … and treacherous. There are sharks and barracuda, crocodiles and sea snakes. This is where a team gets hot, or where it gets left behind.  Content beyond this point is […]

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Cobb getting better and better after win over O’s

July 27, 2017 Baseball

Thursday, 2 a.m. For the first five innings, you could understand much of the recent slump by the Tampa Bay Rays. For the last three and a half, you could comprehend why the Rays may still have a chance. The Rays, one-hit until the sixth inning, broke loose to win their series against the Baltimore […]

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Rays hold off O’s, finally end their losing streak

July 26, 2017 general

Wednesday, 3 a.m. They ended the game hanging on by their fingernails. They had to scrap to outlast a sub-.500 team. They spent much of the game being shut down by the opposing pitcher. But they won. Finally, the Tampa Bay Rays won. The Rays, riding a five-game losing streak, held on to beat the […]

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Rays fall again despite Snell’s good outing

July 25, 2017 general

Tuesday, 4 a.m. All of the sudden, there is a hink in their dinky. There are termites in their bats, scorpions in their gloves, black cats on their base paths. They are making that little beep-beep-beep sound of a golf cart backing up. Natural catastrophes are all around: The sky is falling, the creeks are […]

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When do the Tampa Bay Rays start to worry?

July 24, 2017 general

Monday, 2 a.m. In the case of the Tampa Bay Rays, we are down to a couple of questions. When do you start to sweat? When does a slump become a new reality? And can anyone please keep the ball on this side of the fence? The Rays lost their fourth game in a row […]

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