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Snell solid as Rays capture win No. 89

September 30, 2018 general

Sunday, 4 a.m. For the Tampa Bay Rays, Saturday was all about Sunday. Think of it as a preamble to the final steps in a team’s journey. The Rays put themselves in position to win 90 games with a 4-3 victory over Toronto. Blake Snell put himself in position for further discussions of the Cy […]

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Random thoughts: Is a Cy Young in Snell’s future?

September 30, 2018 general

Sunday, 3:30 a.m. Famous Youngs: Neil, Loretta, Steve, Mighty Joe  and the Cy that will soon be in Blake Snell’s mitts. – If you aren’t smart enough to tweet in the proper direction, you’re more of a lost cause than your victim. Ask TV reporter Chris Conte, who’s taking grief for the stiff-arm that was […]

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Ask Gary: Improved Bucs still have shortcomings

September 29, 2018 general

Each week, the readers take over GarySheltonsports.com and play Ask Gary. They send in a question, or a couple, on Thursday night or Friday morning and we all talk about the world of sports. Think of it as a radio show where you don’t have to be on hold. Join us and ask a question, […]

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Rays still have some improving to do

September 29, 2018 general

Saturday, 3:30 a.m. As they limp toward the finish line, beaten and battered, this remains for the Tampa Bay Rays. What about getting better for next year? Despite of having a better-than-expected season, there is still room for improvement for a team that has won just three times in its last nine games. The Rays […]

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Yankees batter Rays to capture series

September 28, 2018 general

Friday, 4 a.m. It wasn’t enough that the New York Yankees beat the tar out of the Tampa Bay Rays this week. They would have liked a little blood, too. Maybe a couple of bruises, while they were at it. The Yankees clobbered the Tampa Bay Rays Thursday afternoon, 12-1. It was the third win […]

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Rays hang on to win wild game against the Yankees

September 27, 2018 general

Thursday, 4 a.m. This was the one you will remember. In all the coming months of the off-season, in all those days where baseball is just a notion, this is the one you will reflect upon and smile. This was the one that almost got away, and the one that didn’t. This was the one […]

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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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