Rays

Rays let series finale slip away against Angels

July 17, 2017 general

Monday, 1 a.m. Now that the games count extra for the Tampa Bay Rays, losses like Sunday’s are sure to linger a little longer. The Rays lost to the Angels, 4-3, in a game that felt as if it had slipped away. The Rays could have come within 1 ½ games of the division leading […]

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Would another losing season doom Cash?

March 27, 2017 general

Friday, 4 a.m. There are a lot of things wrong with the Tampa Bay Rays that are not his fault. With Kevin Cash, the conversation starts there. His team’s pitching was subpar. The hitting wasn’t very good. The defense was shaky. The baserunning was an adventure. The roster was bleeding. The bullpen was overused. The […]

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Look out, world! Rays will avoid the cellar

February 10, 2017 general

Thursday, 4 a.m. “We’re going to win Sunday. I guarantee it. – Joe Namath “We’re going to go in there and win game six.” – Mark Messier “Fo, fo, fo.” – Moses Malone “We will not finish last this year.” – Lou Piniella Okay, okay. As guarantees go, Lou wasn’t exactly promising the moon. He just stepped out […]

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All things considered, the Rays had to trade Forsythe

January 24, 2017 general

Tuesday, 4 a.m. He is 30. He was coveted by other teams. His salary was about to become cumbersome. So, yeah, it was time for Logan Forsythe to go, all right. It’s a shame. He was a tough little out, and he could catch the ball, and he played hard. You didn’t find him on […]

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Sanchez makes the Rays pay for decision

September 21, 2016 general

Wednesday, 4 a.m. The Tampa Bay Rays thought about it, and they decided to pitch to rookie slugger Mark Sanchez with two on and two out in the seventh inning. Well, oops. Sanchez, a rookie, hit the first pitch for a three-run homer to lead the Yankees to a 5-3 victory over Tampa Bay. The […]

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After 7 years, Rays change hitting coaches

September 7, 2016 general

Wednesday, 6 a.m. Now, we can assume, someone takes the cobwebs off the bats. Now, we can believe, the Rays will leave marks on home plate. Now, the Rays turn into Murderer’s Row. Outfielders will hug the fence. Married men will get out of the infield. In what is sure to be a popular move […]

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Rays’ bullpen blows a 3-1 lead against Jays

September 5, 2016 general

Monday, 4 a.m. Seventeen-game winner on the mound for this team. Seventeen-game loser on the mound for that. Sounds like an easy game to pick, doesn’t it. The Toronto Blue Jays, with J.A. Happ, had a distinct advantage over the Tampa Bay Rays and Chris Archer. Still, this game will surprise you. Oh, Toronto won, […]

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Has there ever been a better Ray than Longo?

August 26, 2016 general

Friday, 6 a.m. Maybe it happened on a walk. Just a run-of-the-mill, take-your-base stroll down to first. Maybe no one noticed anything special. Maybe it happened on a tying home run in the eighth inning the night before. Maybe it happened as the crowds cheered the way they used to, as the batter grinned going […]

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For a night, Price is worth the price

August 23, 2016 general

Tuesday, 5:30 a.m. For much of the year, fans have debated whether Boston’s David Price was the worth his paycheck. After Tuesday night, they may give him a raise. Price tamed his former Tampa Bay Rays teammates, throwing eight innings of two-hit, shutout baseball. It was Price’s second straight win over the Rays, and stretched […]

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Rays’ starting pitching finally showing up

August 18, 2016 general

Thursday, 6 a.m. Suddenly, they are hitting like crazy. Squint, or you might mistake them for Murderer’s Row. They have taken on the better aspects of the Big Red Machine. They might be the Gashouse Gang. Okay, okay. At least, they are better than what we are used to seeing from the Tampa Bay Rays. […]

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