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Snell throws five perfect innings in win over Jays

August 11, 2018 general

Saturday, 4 a.m. What’s the only thing better than perfection? Well, more of it. That’s what. Blake Snell retired all 15 batters he faced Friday night in Toronto, striking out six and throwing just 47 pitches in a 7-0 victory over the Jays. But because he had been injured recently, the Rays’ manager Kevin Cash […]

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On trading day, the Rays at least salvage a win

August 1, 2018 general

Wednesday, 4 a.m. On a dizzying day with disappointing returns, the Tampa Bay Rays at least won a baseball game. Was it worth losing Chris Archer (and his salary)? Was it worth losing Wilson Ramos (and his salary)? Was it worth losing prospect Justin Williams (and his future)? Perhaps not. It’s for the Rays’ fans […]

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Rays have control in Archer discussions

July 31, 2018 general

Tuesday, 4 a.m. He has not been the ace he was advetised as being. On the other hand, he is still one of the highest cards in the deck. So what do you do with Chris Archer on trading day? Do you keep him, or do you tell him his chances are up? Content beyond […]

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Lost weekend: Orioles blast Rays again

July 30, 2018 general

Monday, 4 a.m. The Yankees? Big deal. The Rays have split 12 games with the Yankees this season? The Astros? So what? The Rays have won four out of seven against the Astros. The Red Sox? Who’s impressed? The Rays have at least won four times against the Red Sox this year. But the Orioles? […]

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Once again, the Orioles batter Rays in big win

July 29, 2018 general

Sunday, 3 a.m. In these days of advanced scouting and statistical breakdowns, perhaps someone with the Tampa Bay Rays should have noticed this about the Baltimore Orioles. They aren’t very good Coming into Saturday night’s game, in fact, the Orioles had won only 30 games and were a staggering 41.5 games back in the AL […]

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Baltimore explodes late in big win over Rays

July 28, 2018 general

Saturday, 3 a.m. The less said about their latest effort the better. But maybe this will lead the discussion today. Who was the worst Ray Friday night? Oh, there are candidates. After a 15-5 drubbing by the Orioles — it was 4-3 going into the seventh — Tampa Bay struggled on a lot of fronts. […]

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Romo shows up earlier than usual in victory

July 27, 2018 general

Friday, 4 a.m. He didn’t turn off the lights. He didn’t choke away the opponent’s last breath. He didn’t put the final nail in the coffin. He didn’t slam the door shut on anyone. But Sergio Romo helped win the game. Somehow, that seems as if it ought to be enough. Romo, who has served […]

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Rays beat Yankees after Eovaldi trade

July 26, 2018 general

Thursday, 4 a.m. The story, for the day, wasn’t the pitcher who left. The story, for the day, was the guys who stayed. The Tampa Bay Rays, moments after trading starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi, followed with a half-dozen relief pitchers — one of them twice — to piece together a 3-2 victory over the New […]

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Yanks’ Tanaka tames Rays with three-hit shutout

July 25, 2018 general

Tuesday, 4 a.m. One night after beating up the best pitcher on the New York Yankees, the Tampa Bay Rays saw their bats shrivel to the size of toothpicks. The Yankees’ Masahiro Tanaka made the Rays’ hitters looked feeble in a 4-0 victory Tuesday night, allowing only three hits and striking out nine. Tanaka (8-2) […]

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Adames’ focus allows Rays to survive against Yanks

July 24, 2018 general

Tuesday, 4 a.m. You have heard about his bat. You have heard about his glove. You have heard about his future. But when talking about rookie Willy Adames, don’t forget to mention his presence of mind. Take the late stages of Monday night’s 7-6 victory over the New York Yankees, when the Rays were jugging […]

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