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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Snell, Maile hint that the Rays’ future might be better

August 1, 2016 general

Monday, 5:30 a.m. When it comes to the Tampa Bay Rays, only one question remains. Will it get better? Ever? The Tampa Bay Rays, mired in the AL East celler despite a four-game losing streak, will go into today’s trade deadline hoping to make next season better. And perhaps they’ll pull it off. But otherwise, […]

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Smyly gives Rays another quality start vs. Yankees

July 31, 2016 general

Sunday, 5:30 a.m. Finally, Drew Smyly is smiling again. Smyly finally won another game, his first since mid-May, as the Rays beat the New York Yankees Saturday. Smyly had gone 0-7 over his last 11 starts for the Rays. On Saturday, however, he threw six innings of four-hit, two-run baseball for the Rays’ 10th straight […]

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Odorizzi keeps decent pitching going for Rays

July 30, 2016 general

Saturday, 5:30 a.m. How competitive might the Tampa Bay Rays have been if they had had decent starting pitching all along? Maybe, they would have looked something like this. The Rays have won six of their last 11 games (after going 3-24 in their previous 27) with nine straight quality starts by their starting rotation. […]

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Rays’ Odorizzi bears a familiar frustration in loss

May 30, 2016 general

  Monday, 6 a.m. The treasure is there, bright and glistening. All you have to do is pick it up and carry it away. All you have to do is claim one moment, and is yours forever. And then it slips through your fingers. Can you imagine it, being so close to excellence you can […]

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Rays overpower Yankees in easy victory

May 29, 2016 general

5:45 a.m. Sunday Which one of these teams are the Bronx Bombers? Which one is the home of Murderer’s Row? If you said the New York Yankees, shame on you. The Tampa Bay Rays clobbered the Yankees Sunday, winning 9-5 after taking a 9-1 lead. They had nine extra base hits, and six of the […]

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Ramirez is an unlikely hero as Rays win another

May 14, 2015 general

Thursday, 11;16 p.m. Rameriz won for the first time in 13 1/2 months./JEFFREY S. KING St. Petersburg The cavalry doesn’t always look the way you might expect when it charges over the hill. Sometimes, help comes from the darnedest places. Ladies and gentlemen, introducing your latest really big deal for the Tampa Bay Rays: Erasmo […]

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Kiermaier comes in to just enough stop Yankees

May 13, 2015 general

Wednesday, 11:49 p.m. St. Petersburg Kevin Kiermaier had a hunch. In baseball, there are worse things. Kiermaier, the center fielder for the Rays, was at his post in the fifth inning when Carlos Beltran came to the plate with the tying run on second. For Kiermaier, that could have meant Content beyond this point is […]

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Yankees sweep the Rays into the AL East Cellar

April 19, 2015 general

Sunday, 6:18 p.m. ST. PETERSBURG Not long ago, a ground ball to second or so, they were doing fine. The Rays were battered, but they were upright. They were winning more than they lost, and the American League East wasn’t running away from them, and Kevin Cash looked fairly comfortable in the manager’s seat. And […]

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