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Rays lose their sixth of the last seven games after big error

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The Tampa Bay Rays can’t wait to get home. The Rays limped through the final game of their homestand, losing six of the seven games to ruin a good start. The Rays lost to the Boston Red Sox 4-2 Saturday with a familiar pattern: A good start, loose defense, a lost chance at a comeback and too many strikeouts. Tampa Bay started out the season 5-2, but in six of the seven games since, the Rays have had at least…

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Rays lose pitcher Jake Odorizzi to hamstring injury in loss to Red Sox

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The Tampa Bay Rays managed to scrape together a pretty good pitching game Saturday. The hitting? Not so much. The Rays dropped a 2-1 loss to the Boston Red Sox, falling back to even on the season. The Rays were forced to piece together the efforts of five pitchers after starter Jake Odorizzi left in the second inning with a tight hamstring. Boston’s Chris Sale, meanwhile, was dominant. He struck out 12 in seven innings and allowed only three hits…

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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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Lighting on verge of elimination from playoffs after loss to Bruins

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The Tampa Bay Lightning hasn’t been eliminated yet. But it may be time to dim the lights. The Lighting were clobbered 4-0 by Boston Thursday night in a last-chance effort to stay in the NHL wild-card race, and as a result, they are hanging on by their fingernails. Both Ottawa and Toronto could clinch playoff spots with just a bit of success, leaving the Lightning on the outside. Tampa Bay got only four shots in the first period, and the…

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Lightning struggles again in disappointing loss to Boston

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This is the way it’s going for the Tampa Bay Lightning: Badly. This is the way it’s going: The Bolts finally get a game with three goals … and goaltender Ben Bishop gives up four. This is the way it’s going: The Lightning finally gets a breakaway in the third period of Thursday night’s game…and Tyler Johnson passes the puck backward instead of taking a shot. This is the way it’s going: Tampa Bay defenseman Anton Stralman is hit from…

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Boston Bruins blow out slumping Tampa Bay Lightning

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Suddenly, the Tampa Bay Lightning is in a slump. Tampa Bay lost its second consecutive game Sunday afternoon, and its third in its last four games, with a 4-1 bashing at the hands of the Boston Bruins. “Our guys gamed it out,” said coach Jon Cooper. “Really, it was just a nothing game, we were having a good road game and then it basically was blown assignments. That’s the tough part. We lose the center on the first (goal). We…

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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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