Beeks saves the day for Tampa Bay

June 1, 2023 general

Thursday, 4 a.m. You could smell the disaster from here. The Tampa Bay Rays were giving away bases, and to all the world, it felt like trouble. A walk here. A hit better there. An error over there. It was the ninth inning, and the Rays had a tenuous grip on the lead. They were […]

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Cubs win another close one against Rays

May 31, 2023 general

Wednesday, 4 a.m. By now, the Chicago Cubs have be wondering what all the fuss about the Tampa Bay Rays is. The Cubs, the bottom-feeders of the NL Central, beat the Rays for the second straight gameTuesday night. This time, it was 2-1, a loss that may leave the Rays wondering if this is the […]

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Rays’ smothered in 1-0 loss to Chicago

May 30, 2023 general

Tuesday, 4 a.m. Can they take this show on the road? As good as the Tampa Bay Rays have been this season, and as potent, they still have to learn to win away from Tropicana Field. The Rays’ latest loss, a 1-0 defeat at the hands of the Chicago Cubs and pitcher Marcus Stroman, was […]

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Adam shuts the door as Rays edge Dodgers

May 29, 2023 general

Monday, 4 a.m. His job, by nature, is to calm the waters. This time, however, Jason Adam was facing a hurricane. The Los Angeles Dodgers would not go away. Did you see how easily they slapped around Josh Fleming Sunday? They were relentless. As Adam took the mound for the eighth inning, they already had […]

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Dodgers edge Rays in Glasgnow’s return

May 28, 2023 general

Saturohday, 4 a.m. For all the anticipation of the Rays’ starting pitcher, it was the bullpen that left them a run short Sunday. Most fans had talked mainly about the return of Tyler Glasnow, who was fairly impressive considering that he hadn’r pitched in 236 days. He threw 4 1/3 innings, giving up three runs […]

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Rays’ relievers rise to moment vs. Dodgers

May 27, 2023 general

Saturday, 4 a.m. It wasn’t just that the Rays pieced together innings on Friday night. Along the way, they pieced together moments. Oh, it took all eight pitchers to slow down the Los Angeles Dodgers enough for a 9-3 victory Friday night. But the Dodgers were constantly putting pressure on the Rays, and the Rays […]

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Rays take three of four games from Jays

May 26, 2023 general

Friday, 4 a.m. Here’s the trade proposal. Your team is playing a division rival a four-game series. In this second game, it is embarrassed. It is beaten senseless, by a franchise-record worst 19 runs. Some people are still laughing about that one. Ah, but your team wins the other three games. Do you take the […]

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McClanahan excels against Blue Jays

May 25, 2023 general

Thursday, 4 a.m. Need to stop a losing streak? Call Shane. Need to forget a dismal night? Call Shane. Need to quiet a scary offense? Call Shane. More and more, that is the battle cry of the Tampa Bay Rays. When you hit a bump in the road, when you lose control of the wheel, […]

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Jays clobber Rays in 20-run effort

May 24, 2023 general

Wednesday, 4 a.m. Is it time for baseball to adopt a mercy rule? For all the rule changes that have streamlined the sport, a game like this happens sometimes. A game so homely, you just can’t stand to watch anymore. A game so flawed, it turns into a day of batting practice. After a while, […]

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Fleming’s strong outing leads Rays over Jays

May 23, 2023 general

Tuesday, 4 a.m. First, understand this. Against the Tampa Bay Rays, Bo Bichette is King Kong. Bicjette owns the Tampa Bay Rays. Regularly, he takes them out for a walk. Coming into Monday night, Bichette was hitting .539 against the Rays, one of the most stubborn opponents the team faces. And Monday night, the Rays […]

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