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Rays need more shutdown innings in their last loss to the Boston Red Sox

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If there is anything that the worst streak in the history of the Tampa Bay Rays franchise has shown us, it’s that they know how to fall behind. Take Friday night’s loss (what else?) to the Boston Red Sox. The Rays fell behind in the first inning. They caught up. They fell behind again. They caught up again. They fell behind again. Why? Because that’s what losing teams do. The Rays lost their 20th game in 23 outings Friday night,…

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Punchless offense leads Rays to yet another defeat against Los Angeles Angels

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The longer the Tampa Bay Rays hang around, the more likely it is that something bad is going to happen to them. Take Thursday afternoon, for instance. Rookie Blake Snell threw five shutout innings and allowed only three hits, the same as the Los Angeles Angels’ Hector Santiago. But over the final four innings, the Angels pulled out a 5-1 victory with the last three runs coming off the bullpen. The Rays struck out 13 times and had only five hits. Snell fell to 1-4 on…

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Angels drub Tampa Bay Rays after Steven Souza benched for not hustling

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It was a big enough gaffe for Tampa Bay’s Steven Souza to be pulled from the game. It was not big enough, evidently, for manager Kevin Cash to talk about after a 13-3 loss to the Los Angeles Angels. Cash pulled Souza from the game in the fourth inning, just after Souza had tripled and scored. Souza had been slow to get out of the batter’s box. “You know what, there are issues that happen in a team that we address…

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Tigers win again as Tampa Bay loses their 15th game in 17 decisions

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Every day feels the same. Every song sounds the same. Every loss feels the same. That’s what it’s like for the Tampa Bay Rays, a team stuck in Grounghog Day. The Rays – surprise, surprise – lost another game Saturday afternoon, their 15th loss in their last 17 games. It dropped the team to 14 games under .500, a two-year low. This time, it was only 3-2, and the battered bullpen didn’t give up a run. Still, the Rays lost…

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Tampa Bay Rays collapse, blow five-run lead in loss to explosive Detroit Tigers

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The game was a stroll on the beach. It was an afternoon in the park. A float down the river. A Sunday afternoon drive. And then the sky fell. The Tampa Bay Rays blew a staggering lead Thursday night, giving up a five-run lead and losing a 10-7 game to the Detroit Tigers. The Tigers had only four hits going into the ninth, but for some reason, manager Kevin Cash entrusted the lead to young Ryan Garton. The Tigers beat…

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Mariners treat rookie pitcher Blake Snell rudely by beating Rays

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Everyone agrees on his future. The Tampa Bay Rays’ Blake Snell, the consensus goes, will be a very big deal in major league baseball. But after Thursday, it’s fair to ask. Is it Snell time yet? Snell, in his home debut, got out only 10 outs before being chased from the game. He gave up five runs (only one earned), eight hits and three walks. Snell gave up three runs in his first inning as the Seattle Mariners avoided a sweep.…

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Tampa Bay Rays lose to Marlins despite three more hits by Logan Morrison

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Hey, didn’t you used to be Logan Morrison? You know, the guy who was hitting .119 after 28 games? The guy who didn’t have a home run? The guy who didn’t have an RBI? These days, it’s a different Morrison who plays for the Rays. He’s hit .556 over his last eight games, and he’s brought his season average up to .225. He has seven RBI in his last seven games. Alas, three more hits by Morrison could not lift…

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