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Carlos Carrasco takes no-hit try into 7th as Indians blank Rays

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Carlos Carrasco took another no-hit try into the late innings at Tropicana Field, losing his bid on a two-out single in the seventh by Logan Morrison but leading the Cleveland Indians over the Tampa Bay Rays 5-0 Friday night. In July 2015, Carrasco came within one strike of a no-hitter at Tampa Bay before Joey Butler lined a two-out single in the ninth over leaping second baseman Jason Kipnis.

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Corey Dickerson lone Rays’ bright spot in All-Star balloting

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Corey Dickerson is having a monster season worthy of an all-star. Whether he is invited to make the short trip to Miami as part of the American League All-Star team is yet to be determined. In the first round of American League All-Star balloting released Wednesday, Dickerson is fourth among designated hitters. No other Rays player is among the top 5 in any position. Seattle’s Nelson Cruz leads designated hitters by a wide margin over second place Edwin Encarnacion of…

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Corey Dickerson, Alex Cobb power Rays to win over Indians

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For the first time in a year, the Tampa Bay Rays didn’t get run over on the road. Corey Dickerson hit a three-run homer — his third homer in two days — and Alex Cobb controlled Cleveland over seven inning as Tampa Bay busted out the bats in a 7-4 win over the Indians on Wednesday to complete the Rays’ most successful trip since last May. Dickerson connected in the second inning off Josh Tomlin (2-5) and Logan Morrison hit…

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Rays hit 5 homers in 6-4 win over Indians

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The Tampa Bay Rays went to the home run ball in Tuesday night’s 6-4 victory over the Cleveland Indians. Corey Dickerson hit two of Tampa Bay’s season-high five homers, including a 449-foot blast that landed in the trees beyond the center field wall in the fifth. “It was one of my top ones, to be able to hit it clean like that and to know it’s gone,” he said. “The ones to dead center always feel good. I thought it…

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Baseball has good chance to draw big playoff ratings

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Major League Baseball should be happy. The table is set for stronger post season television ratings. The playoffs got off to a great start Tuesday night when the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Baltimore Orioles in the win-or-go-home Wild Card Game, 5-2 in 11 innings. Better yet, it was a walk-off home run by the Blue Jays’ Edwin Encarnacion that sent his team to Arlington to face the Texas Rangers on Thursday night. But exciting games have not been the…

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MLB players police unwritten rules for acceptable conduct

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Hall of Famer Joe Morgan knows that for more than a century, baseball players have policed themselves. Like it or not. Seven months after Jose Bautista‘s famous bat flip against Texas in the AL playoffs, he got hit by the Rangers and responded with a hard takeout slide that led to a brawl Sunday. “If you were willing to show the other team up and to do that, then you’ve got to be willing to take what goes with it,”…

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Longballs, pitching and the Cubs top the baseball playoff stories

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Now that the regular season is over, baseball heads to the playoffs. The Rays and 19 other teams will watch on television and focus on joining the party next fall. Fans of strong hitting will have more fun watching the American League. As the Rays know well, all five playoff teams are among the top six hitting clubs. Houston, Kansas City and Toronto are in the top five overall while the New York Yankees are in the middle of the pack and Texas…

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