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Rays come back to beat Padres again

August 14, 2019 general

Wednesday, 4 a.m. Uh-oh. He’s baa-aack. Jose Alvarado, the pitcher who has perfected nervous watching for the Tampa Bay Rays, returned to the mound Tuesday night. And it was time to chew your fingernails all over again. Oh, the Rays won … again. They won their fifth straight game, and their sixth of seven games, […]

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Streaking Rays approaching record wins

August 13, 2019 general

Tuesday, 4 a.m. When they are on a streak such as this one, your imagination runs away with you. They are 20 games over .500. They are on an eight-game road winning streak. They had 14 hits Monday night. And so you ask: Could this be the best Rays’ team ever? I know, I know. […]

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Yarbrough nearly flawless in win over Seattle

August 12, 2019 general

Monday, 4 a.m. For Ryan Yarbrough, it could have been better. He could have gone one more out. He could have given up less than three hits. He could have struck out more than eight batters. All in all, however, the Rays will take it. Yarbrough, who has now won as many games in the […]

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Once again, Pagan saves the Rays’ victory

August 11, 2019 general

Sunday, 4 a.m. Don’t look now, but the Tampa Bay Rays may finally have found a closer. The Rays, who have struggled with their late-inning bullpen for most of the season, have finally found a reliable arm to turn to in that of Emilio Pagan, who has saves in five of his last eight appearances. […]

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Bullpen bails out Rays in late victory

August 10, 2019 general

Saturday, 4 a.m. When last we could bear to look through our fingers, they were a national disaster. It was only a few games ago, and they were napalm in the morning. The bullpen of the Tampa Bay Rays kept going into games, and they kept throwing gas on the fire. They were the weakest […]

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This time, the Rays can’t catch the Blue Jays

August 8, 2019 general

Thursday, 3 a.m. This time, the comeback fell short. This time, the tying run died on base. This time, the Rays lost — again — to the Toronto Blue Jays. A day after a six-run rally beat the Jays, the Rays were unable to overcome a four-run deficit in a 4-3 defeat. They scored three […]

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Kiermaier leads Rays to huge comeback

August 7, 2019 general

Wednesday, 3 a.m. This is the image that you will remember of Kevin Kiermaier, exultant. His hands are raised over his head in triumph. The front of his uniform is covered in infield dirt. Gatorade — teammates finally got him after several moments — is dripping from his body. There is a smile on his […]

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Rays bats go quiet in loss to Toronto

August 6, 2019 general

Tuesday, 4 a.m. This is why they drive you crazy. This is why you can’t quite figure them out. For a week, the Tampa Bay Rays were sluggers, real back-them-up-against-the- wall-dynamos. They were scoring as if they were playing pinball, and they were hitting as if they would never stop. And then came Monday night. […]

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Rays keep on winning by drubbing Marlins

August 5, 2019 general

Monday, 4 a.m. This is how they fool you. This is how you buy into the Tampa Bay Rays. They haven’t had a better stretch all season. The Rays won their sixth straight game — tying a team record from back in May — by clubbing the Miami Marlins, 7-2, on Sunday. They’ve won eight […]

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Sogard’s ‘Nerd Power’ leads the Rays to a win over Miami

August 4, 2019 general

Sunday, 4 a.m. Let’s hear it for the Nerd. And while we’re at it, how about a shoutout for the geeks, the dweebs and the dorks, too. Eric Sogard, the recently acquired second baseman of the Tampa Bay Rays, and a man who has embraced the ‘Nerd Power’ nickname (he sells t-shirts with the label […]

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