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Rays’ Chris Archer struggles once again in lopsided loss to Detroit

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The mystery of Whatever Happened to Chris Archer continued Sunday afternoon. Archer, an all-star last year, gave up six runs in three innings and fell to 3-5 on the season. Archer gave up eight hits and six earned runs while collecting only nine outs. His ERA for the season is now 5.15. “It gets a little surprising at times because we know how good his stuff is,” said Rays’ manager Kevin Cash. “He’s in a stretch where things aren’t going…

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Tampa Bay Rays lose first of homestand against homer-happy Oakland

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The Tampa Bay Rays got to come home Friday night. Unfortunately, their baserunners didn’t get to. The Rays dropped the first game of a three-game homestand to the Oakland A’s, 6-3. Oakland hit four home runs in the game, which lowered the Rays’ record to 15-18. Oakland scored four times before the Rays ever came to bat, most of them scoring on a home run by Danny Valencia,who hit two out. They were his second and third homers of the…

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Blue Jays homer their way to second straight 5-3 victory over Rays

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When does a slow start become a troubling one? When do stranded baserunners come back to haunt a team? Both questions may soon have to be answered by the Tampa Bay Rays, who lost a 5-3 game to Toronto for the second straight night on Monday night. Tampa Bay left nine runners on base, and they were only 1-for-12 with runners in scoring position. “I thought Drew was good,” manager Kevin Cash said. “He just got beat up by the…

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Montreal blanks Tampa Bay Lightning in disappointing content

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As the playoffs approach, the Tampa Bay Lightning look less and less ready for them. The Bolts lost a 3-0 game to a Montreal team that has long since been eliminated from the post-season. But the Lightning, too, looks wobbly. Tampa Bay got off only three shots in the third period, and had a power play when it didn’t get any. Tampa Bay has one more game at home, a Saturday night effort against New Jersey, before finishing the season…

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Magic falls late to Toronto as Raptors shoot 45 free throws

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The Orlando Magic didn’t have enough at the end to upset the Toronto Raptors Sunday afternoon. The Magic scored only 18 in the fourth period, and free throws by the Raptors made the difference in a 105-100 loss by Orlando. Orlando lost a 6-point lead in the final minutes as it hit only three of 13 shots down the stretch. Orlando led by one point after three periods, but could not hang on despite 21 points by Victor Oladipo and…

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Rays’ Chris Archer not aggressive enough in 2nd defeat

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If Chris Archer is preparing for a lack of support, he’s in midseason form already. Archer’s spring training record fell to 0-2 Monday after a 5-0 loss to the Atlanta Braves. Archer gave up only two runs, and one of those was unearned, in absorbing the loss. “The past two games I’ve started a little slow in the first inning,” Archer said. “I think I’ve been a little too passive. I’m not a passive pitcher. I have to be extremely…

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Rays open spring training schedule with 6-2 loss to Washington

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For the Tampa Bay Rays, spring training sprang on Wednesday afternoon. Now, all that remains is to dissect the results. Yes, the Rays lost, 6-2 to Washington. But in the spring, games are about performances, right? And so there were things to take from the game, as well. For instance: Starting pitcher Jake Odorizzi was perfect in one inning of work. He struck out one. The Rays led 2-1 after five innings and five pitchers. They fell behind only when…

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