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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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Blue Jays rally to defeat Rays 8-4

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Kendrys Morales had two late homers and drove in five runs, helping the Toronto Blue Jays rally from a three-run deficit to beat the Tampa Bay Rays 8-4 on Friday night. Morales hit a two-run shot during the seventh inning and completed his 18th career multihomer game with a three-run drive off Jumbo Diaz (0-2) in a five-run eighth that put Toronto ahead 8-4. Justin Smoak added a solo homer in the decisive eighth and finished with two RBIs for…

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Blue Jays win 2 in row for 1st time this year, top Rays 3-1

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An abbreviated outing by Aaron Sanchez left the Blue Jays bullpen with plenty of work to do. Toronto’s relievers handled the task in style. Russell Martin hit a go-ahead single during a three-run rally in the eighth inning and the Blue Jays posted back-to-back wins for the first time this season, beating the Tampa Bay Rays 3-1 Sunday. The Blue Jays started the day with a 7-17 record, the worst in the majors. A loss would’ve left them with the…

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Justin Smoak homers leading Blue Jays over Rays

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As they try to recover from a tough start, the stakes sure feel high to the Toronto Blue Jays. Justin Smoak had three hits, including a two-run homer, and the Blue Jays beat the Tampa Bay Rays 4-1 Saturday to end a three-game losing streak. Smoak went 3 for 3 and scored twice as Toronto improved to 7-17. “Every win, we need,” Smoak said. It was Smoak’s fifth multihit game of the season. He raised his average to .274. “We’re…

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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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