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Rays’ Steven Souza hits his first homer since July 4 in victory

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Steven Souza Jr. gave the Rays something to think about for next year. Kevin Kiermaier gave the Rays something to think about for next year. As for Asdrubal Cabrera, he’s trying to make sure the Rays consider that this might not be his last year. Together, the three of them combined for 10 hits Wednesday night in a 6-2 victory over the Boston Red Sox. Souza had the first four-hit game of his career, and Kiermaier and Cabrera each had…

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Kevin Kiermaier’s hit leads to rare comeback win by Rays

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The Tampa Bay Rays came from behind after the eighth inning. The Rays don’t do that. The Rays won on a walkoff hit. They don’t do that, either. Perhaps that’s why Sunday was a bit of fun for the Rays, who rallied for two runs in the ninth inning to beat the Baltimore Orioles 7-6. The Rays are now 2-62 when trailing after eight innings, and they have now won their second walkoff victory of the season. Baltimore had seemingly…

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Rays’ Kevin Kiermaier makes amazing catch to lead victory

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It was one out. Only one out. Heck, the Rays still had to get 26 afterward. So much impact could a caught fly ball have to do with things? Except everything. Kevin Kiermaier made his defensive play of the season, and maybe the defensive play of the season, Monday night to highlight a 6-3 victory over the Baltimore Orioles. On the opening at-bat of the evening, Manny Machado hit a potential home run to centerfield. But Kiermaier timed it perfectly,…

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Kevin Kiermaier hits homer as Rays finally beat Royals

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The Rays finally beat Kansas City, a win that left them feeling, well, like royalty. After six straight defeats to the Royals, and being outscored 42-21, the Rays finally salvaged their final game of the year with a 3-2 win over  Kansas City, which allowed them to  come back to within two games of .500. The Rays got a tie-breaking home run from Kevin Kiermaier, who had a strong homestand, and another from Brandon Guyer in the win. Brad Boxberger…

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Rays see what a playoff team looks like in Royals

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Perhaps the Rays should stop talking about this wild-card race. After all, it is moving away from them so fast they can barely see it. The Rays dropped a 6-3 decision to the Kansas City Royals Saturday night, its fifth loss in its last six games. It dropped Tampa Bay to three games under .500. Don’t worry, however. If the Rays want to see what a playoff team looks like, they can merely glance at the Royals, who give up…

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Twins club Tampa Bay as the Rays return home for wild-card race

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The Tampa Bay Rays tried to stay in the AL wild-card race Tuesday night when they returned home to Tropicana Field. It didn’t go so well. The Rays were trounced, 11-7, by the Minnesota Twins, giving up a three-run, a two-run and a solo homer along the way. Minnesota scored 10 times in the first five innings and ran away with the game. The Rays fell 3 ½ games back in their chase for the second AL wild card, and…

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Rangers sweep Rays as Drew Smyly struggles in his return

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The Tampa Bay Rays are in a quandry with their starting rotation. Do they slow down to allow their starters to catch up, or do they press toward the playoffs? Increasingly, that seems to be the choice for the Rays, who grew weary of waiting for Matt Moore earlier and now might face a similar decision with Drew Smyly, who doesn’t appear to be what they were when they were injured. Smyly started Sunday for the first time in 102…

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