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Rays eliminated from wild-card race

September 27, 2017 general

Wednesday, 4 a.m. And so a season dies young. For the Tampa Bay Rays, futilely chasing for much of the last few weeks, it was a slow death, painful in its makeup, sudden in its ending. The pulse stopped Tuesday night in a 6-1 defeat to the New York Yankees, a season that will be […]

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Orioles hammer Rays’ Archer for comfortable win

September 25, 2017 general

Monday, 2 a.m. And so, today’s topic for debate with the Tampa Bay Rays. Is Chris Archer to be considered an ace? And has he ever been? Archer, whose stuff is constantly praised by the Rays, took another one on the chin Sunday afternoon. He got only 11 outs, and he suffered his 12th loss […]

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Rays fall to Orioles after shaky beginning

September 22, 2017 general

Friday, 2 a.m. This close to the finish — and to being finished — you might think the Tampa Bay Rays had figured out their starts. Evidently, they have not. The Rays were wrong from the first Thursday night. In the top of the inning, center fielder Mallex Smith was thrown out trying to steal […]

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Brand new Snell leads Rays past Cubs

September 21, 2017 general

Thursday, 3 a.m. He looks the same. He’s still tall, still left-handed, still elbows and knees. He’s still young. He sounds the same. He still has that slow speech, that pronounced drawl. But there is a difference to Blake Snell. There is a different air, a different confidence to his bearing. He seems smarter, wiser, […]

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The glory years: Joe reflects on Rays’ success

September 20, 2017 general

Wednesday, 4 a.m. The rest of us are getting grayer. Joe Maddon’s hair is getting darker. The old energy was there again Tuesday as Maddon walked through the corridors of Tropicana Field. His step was quick, and his speech was fast, and his smile came in a hurry. He was the same old Joe, one […]

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Time running out on Rays’ playoff hopes

September 20, 2017 general

Wednesday, 3 a.m. The season has turned into a countdown. For the Tampa Bay Rays, the fuse has officially been lit. Only 11 games remain in the 2017 season, and the Rays – 5 ½ games back — seem to making no dent in their deficit. Once again, the Rays’ bats failed them Tuesday night, […]

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Odorizzi throws a one-hitter against Boston

September 18, 2017 general

Sunday, 3 a.m. It may be too late, but at least Jake Odorizzi of the Tampa Bay Rays seems intent on finishing strongly. Odorizzi allowed only one hit in six innings, leading the Rays to a 3-2 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Sunday. Odorizzi is now 3-1 in last four starts with a […]

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Red Sox rally vs. Rays in ninth, explode in 15th

September 16, 2017 Baseball

Saturday, 2:45 a.m. This one is going to sting for a while. On the verge of what would have been one of their biggest victories, the Tampa Bay Rays blew a game against the Boston Red Sox that might last into the off-season. The Rays, ahead 5-2 going into the ninth with Alex Colome, who […]

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Rays need to be sure to grab onto Hechavarria

September 15, 2017 general

Friday, 3 a.m. Better than Kevin Stocker. Better than Julio Lugo. Better than Yunel Escobar. If you want to know why the Tampa Bay Rays should grab Adeiny Hetchavarria with both hands, that’s a start. He has been smooth. He has been dependable. He has been terrific.  Content beyond this point is for members only.

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Archer doesn’t last long in Rays’ latest loss

September 14, 2017 general

Thursday, 3 a.m. Once again, Chris Archer’s bottom line didn’t match his skill set on Wednesday afternoon. Archer, who routinely is praised as one of the top starters in the American League, lasted only four innings against the Yankees, giving up all three runs in a 3-2 defeat that pushed the Rays farther out of […]

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