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Tampa Bay Rays take out their frustrations on Boston’s Red Sox

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After spending the week getting beaten up in New York, any place else would have felt fine for the Tampa Bay Rays. Even Boston. The Rays, fresh off being swept by the Yankees, took their frustrations out on the Boston Red Sox Friday night in a 10-5 victory. Four different Rays hit home runs, led by Logan Morrison’s first career grand slam. Also homering were Shane Peterson, just up from the minors, Brad Miller, who hit his first homer of…

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Tampa Bay Rays clobber Yankees to win impressive opener

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Well, look who is on top of baseball? Why, it’s the Tampa Bay Rays. And who would have thought to look for them there? The Rays opened the 2017 season with a 7-3 victory over the New York Yankees Sunday. And while it’s early, it was an impressive way to start the season for the Rays. The Rays, 16 games behind the Yankees a year ago, jumped New York early and never slowed in the win. Tampa Bay scored three…

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Rays’ Chris Archer thinks his team will surprise some people

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Outside the clubhouse, there is new synthetic turf and old banners. There are questions and skeptics. Inside, there is hope and promise and optimism. Two days short of Opening Day, why wouldn’t there be? Chris Archer of the Tampa Bay Rays stands in front of his locker, and he expresses his belief in a team that many think is bound for the AL East Cellar. Archer believes. Someone has to, right? “I think we’re super-talented,” said Archer, who will start Sunday…

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Rays sell out their 12th straight opening game against Yankees

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Attendance problems? Those are for the other 80 home games. For openers, the Tampa Bay Rays have plenty of fans. The Rays have sold out their 12th consecutive opener, selling out Sunday’s game against the New York Yankees at the Trop. Tickets are available for the remaining two games in the season-opening series against the Yankees on Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:10 p.m. and for the first weekend series of the season, April 6-9, versus the Toronto Blue Jays. The…

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Team USA tells Rays’ pitcher Chris Archer that he isn’t needed

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Thanks. But no thanks. Pretty much, that was the message delivered to Tampa Bay Rays‘ pitcher Chris Archer, who has been told by the USA Team in the World Baseball Classic that won’t be using him in the semifinals or potentially in the finals. Archer threw four innings of hitless baseball in his first game, and he has said he was looking forward to pitching again. But the USA team will go in a different direction. “I don’t know what…

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Does the Rays’ pitching staff have an ace, and if so, who is he?

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As the Tampa Bay Rays’ pitchers report for training camp, it starts with a simple question. Who’s the ace? And if there isn’t one, who’s, say, the Jack of Clubs? The Rays want to believe they have a good staff, a staff that will keep them in the AL East race. For that to happen, however, a lot of guys are going to have to have a lot better seasons than they did last year. For instance: Chris Archer led…

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Rays’ Chris Archer manages to avoid his 20th defeat

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No, Chris Archer didn’t have a good season. Just a good finish. Archer, the Rays’ pitcher, avoided his 20th loss of the year Thursday night in a 5-3 victory over the Chicago White Sox. Archer would have been the first pitcher since 2003 (Detroit’s Mike Mayroth) to lose 20. Instead of becoming a trivia answer for years (who was the last pitcher to lose 20?), Archer instead will finish 9-19. He pitched 6 2/3 innings and allowed three earned runs. The…

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