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Rays capture strange victory over Tigers on misplayed grounder

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Sometimes, baseball makes no sense. None at all. Sometimes, it is a bizarre, unexplainable game filled with strange bounces. Take the Tampa Bay Rays’ 8-7 victory over the Detroit Tigers Wednesday. It was a confusing mess of a game in which everything you thought you knew was no longer true. For instance, the Tigers launched a comeback when gold glover Kevin Kiermaier missed a fly ball, leading to a three-run triple. For instance, the Rays came back from that when…

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Red-hot Rays finish first home streak of the season at 5-2 with win over Blue Jays

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The Tampa Bay Rays have started the 2017 baseball season as if they were trying to make you reconsider. The Rays, last in the American League East a year ago, ran their record to a franchise-best 5-2 start to a season Sunday with a 7-2 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays. The Rays are currently in second place in the AL East, a half-game behind Baltimore. This time, the Rays competed hard enough that their angst showed a couple of…

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Tampa Bay Rays extend center fielder Kevin Kiermaier’s contract

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Kevin Kiermaier was always one of the most popular Tampa Bay Rays. Now, he’ll be popular with his banker, too. Kiermaker, the Rays’ center fielder, signed a six-year, $53.5 million extension that will keep him in Tampa Bay through 2023. The agreement with Kiermaier marks the fourth time that Stuart Sternberg’s ownership group has guaranteed at least six years in a contract with a Rays player. Right-handed pitcher Chris Archer signed for a guaranteed six years (plus two club options)…

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Rays beat Padres behind a pitching gem by Drew Smyly

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The Tampa Bay Rays are finally getting the brand of pitching they thought they would get all along. For instance, consider Drew Smyly. Smyly threw seven innings of one-hit baseball at the San Diego Padres Monday night, his fifth straight quality start. In those five games, Smyly is 3-0 with a 2.25 ERA. “This game is full of streaks, hitting and pitching,” Smyly said. “You’ve just got to try to ride out the good streaks and try to limit the…

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Rays lose Kevin Kiermaier to broken hand against Tigers

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The hand that brought a gold glove and a platinum glove to Kevin Kiermaier will spend the next few weeks in a cast. Kiermaier, the Tampa Bay Rays’ star center fielder, broke two metacarpal bones in his left (glove) hand Sunday. For the Rays, it was a deeper loss than the 5-4 game to the Detroit Tigers. Kiermaier is among the most popular players, a high-energy, defensively gifted outfielders. He broke the hand while diving on a shallow fly ball…

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Rays beat Tigers behind bases-loaded triple by Kevin Kiermaier

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The offense of the Tampa Bay Rays continued its hots week Thursday night in a victory in Detroit. This time, the Rays scored seven runs on eight hits to highlight a 7-5 win over the Tigers. Steven Souza Jr. and Steve Pearce each had home runs for the Rays, but the biggest hit was a bases-loaded triple by Kevin Kiermaier in the sixth. With the win, the Rays improve to 20-19 on the season. The Rays led 3-0 after one…

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Rays’ get past Baltimore behind two-run homer by Kevin Kiermaier

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Kevin Kiermaier wasn’t pleased with the night he was having it, and changed it. Jake Odorizzi wasn’t pleased with the night he was having, and he survived it. And the Tampa Bay Rays’ offense probably wasn’t real thrilled with their evening either, but overcame it. Despite all the miscues, the Rays moved to .500 (10-10) with a 3-1 victory over the Baltimore Orioles. It wasn’t the smoothest effort by the Rays, but it was effective. Start with Odorizzi, who battled…

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