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Rays go 10 innings to beat Red Sox on Kevin Kiermaier homer

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Drew Smyly of the Tampa Bay Rays had plenty to be smiling about on Tuesday night. Smyly pitched eight innings of one-hit baseball, shutting down the Boston Red Sox in a 3-0 win in 10 innings. Smyly had trouble in the third, giving up two walks and his only single to Jackie Bradley Jr. But the Rays got out of it with a force-out to home and a double play, keeping the shutout going. The Rays had only three hits themselves…

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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 get another strong starting job in a spring win over Orioles

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Starting pitching: check. Solid hitting performance: check. Big lead: check. The Tampa Bay Rays took a 9-1 lead, then coasted to a 10-6 victory over Baltimore on Saturday night. Drew Smyly pitched two innings and gave up no hits, the fourth straight impressive start for the Rays. Tampa Bay also had 17 hits, including three each by Kevin Kiermaier and Curt Casali. Baltimore fell to 0-6 on the spring.

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Rays’ Kevin Kiermaier wants to be an everyday starter for Rays

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Kevin Kiermaier returned home this week. He intends to stay. For Kiermaier, of course, home is center field. He wants to stay there, Kiermaier told reporters as he showed up for spring training. Kiermaier, the gold-glove winner for the Tampa Bay Rays, said he wants to play 155 games this year. For Kiermaier, that means he has to do a better job of hitting against lefthanders (he hit only .231 last year). “I know I can hit lefties,” he said.…

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Year in Review: This season, the Rays hope to avoid their late-season fate

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For much of the season, the Tampa Bay Rays were concerned with building a new home. Perhaps they should have been worried about how to get home instead. In their first season under Kevin Cash, the Rays were 14th in a 15-league American League as far as scoring runs in last year’s 80-82 season. And while injuries to the pitching staff were a main factor, the team’s offense, as always, turned out to be insufficient. The Rays were seventh in the…

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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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As off-season begins, Tampa Bay Rays know who their core players are

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Say this about the off-season. Evidently, the Tampa Bay Rays couldn’t wait to get started on it. The Rays’ off-season officially began Tuesday when general manager Matt Silverman and manager Kevin Cash sat in front of a room and answered questions about a season that died too soon and one that has yet to arrive. Both men sounded confident about the season to come despite their fourth-place finish. “We have our group in place,” Silverman said of a team that…

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