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5 Rays pitchers combine to shut out Blue Jays

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The Tampa Bay Rays were saved by a replay reversal, plus a pair of reversals by star center fielder Kevin Kiermaier. Alex Cobb and four relievers combined on a six-hitter and Kiermaier made two spectacular catches Thursday as the Rays beat the Toronto Blue Jays 2-0. Both of Kiermaier's plays came in the fifth inning. The two-time Gold Glover made an all-out sprint to catch Steve Pearce's drive with two runners on base, tumbling onto the warning track in right-center.…

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As trade deadline approaches, Rays already made a good move

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The Major League Baseball trading deadline ends in 10 days. During the recent past, the Tampa Bay Rays have not been in contention to be a deadline buyer for a player that would get them over the top and into the post season. Being a Tampa Bay buyer and a buyer for teams like the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees are two distinctly different things. With their financial situation, the Rays pursue transactions at the Flea Market, while…

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Rays shut down Reds 8-3

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This dash to third base was a bit different for Mallex Smith. The Tampa Bay left fielder rushed in to tag out speedy Billy Hamilton after a lengthy rundown, highlighting the Rays‘ 8-3 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday. “When you get the fast guy like that, you’ve got to bring our fast guy and run him down,” Rays right fielder Steven Souza Jr. Hamilton stole his major league-leading 31st base in the fourth inning. But he later got…

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Rays’ centerfielder Kevin Keirmaier just getting started

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There is the large oil painting arranged by his teammates. There is the Gold Glove. There is the Platinum Glove. All around Kevin Kiermaier, there are the memories of 2015, a year when so many good things happened to him. Someday, perhaps, Kiermaier will reflect. For now, however, there is more to be done. Kiermaier, the centerfielder for the Rays, is just getting started. He swears he will not rest. He insists he is not satisfied. “There’s a lot left…

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Rays’ Kevin Kiermaier wins the American League Gold Glove award

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Isn’t the ambition of every Outlaw to make off with the gold? If so, consider Kevin Kiermaier a success. Kiermaier, the popular outfielder of the Tampa Bay Rays who is nicknamed “The Outlaw”, left with the gold glove for center fielders on Tuesday night, a designation you will have no problem convincing his pitchers of. Kiermaier saved 42 runs, almost triple the Rays’ record. He led the position by throwing out 15 runners. Kiermaier came up the hard way. He…

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