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Rays’ Chris Archer loses 19th game as Boston wins 2-1

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He pitched well. Really, he did. Just not well enough. Tampa Bay Rays’ pitcher Chris Archer lost his 19th game of the year – the most ever in a single-season for the franchise – in a 2-1 loss to the Boston Red Sox Friday night. It was the 11th straight loss by Archer to the Red Sox. Archer is the first 19-game loser since Kansas City’s Darrell May in 2004. Archer gave up a two-run home run to David Ortiz…

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Chris Archer dominant as Tampa Bay clobbers Houston Astros

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How good was Chris Archer of the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday afternoon? He was good enough, for instance, that he left George Springer of the Houston Astros grumbling on Tampa Bay’s 10-4 victory. On Archer’s final batter of the day, he struck out Springer after Springer had fouled off five pitches. Springer objected to Archer’s celebration, suggesting that Archer act as if he had struck out someone before, although Archer leads the American League in strikeouts (and losses). “I…

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Rays’ Chris Archer falls to 7-17 in latest Tampa Bay defeat

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Chris Archer keeps finding new and interesting ways to lose baseball games. Archer, the Tampa Bay Rays pitcher, lost for the 17th time this season (7-17) in a 2-1 decision against the Boston Red Sox. He lasted five innings and gave up only one earned run. For the Rays, this time, the game boiled down to two plays at third base. In the third inning, Steven Souza‘s attempt to throw out David Ortiz skipped by the bag, allowing a run to…

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Boston’s David Price shuts down former Rays’ teammates

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For much of the year, fans have debated whether David Price of the Boston Red Sox 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 his scoreless streak to 19 1/3 innings. Price didn’t allow a runner to reach second base and pitched to three batters over the limit. “We fell behind early,” said Rays…

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Brad Miller hits his 25th homer as Rays sweep Padres

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Brad Miller seems intent on making Tropicana Field his home. Miller launched yet another home run, his 25th of the season, Wednesday afternoon and the Rays got shutout pitching from Chris Archer to win 2-0. It was the Rays’ fourth sweep of the season. Miller has three home runs in his last seven at-bats. Of his 25 homers, 19 have come at Tropicana Field. He has almost equaled his career total of 29 coming into the season. “I think I…

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The Leo of archery? U.S. star Brady Ellison drawing comparisons to Leo DiCaprio

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U.S. Olympic archer Brady Ellison is not — repeat, is not — an Academy Award winner. Apparently, some people think he looks like one. The two-time Olympic silver medalist (including one from the team event during the opening weekend of these Rio Games) has been getting plenty of comparisons to Leonardo DiCaprio, mostly because some see facial resemblances. “I’ve had it told to me before, even when I was younger,” Ellison said. “I personally don’t see a huge resemblance, maybe…

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Rays stay out of cellar as Chris Archer pitches well against Twins

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Against the worst team in the American League, the best players for the Tampa Bay Rays finally were their players. As a result, the Rays avoided replacing the Minnesota Twins in the AL cellar. Tampa Bay won 7-3 over the Twins in a game with several heroes. There was pitcher Chris Archer, who threw six innings of three-hit, one-run baseball. Archer is still only 6-15 on the season, but he’s 2-2 in his last four games. There was third baseman…

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