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This time, it is Kevin Kiermaier’s bat that sparks Rays to victory

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You admire him for his arm. You have seen Kevin Kiermaier throw the danger off of the base paths, and you have nodded at the performance. He has a fine arm, an arm that opposing baserunners should fear. And for the Tampa Bay Rays, that is a strong enough weapon. And you have cheered him for his glove. You have seen Kiermaier chase down would-be doubles and steal them from the air, and you have cheered the sight. He has…

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Rays’ Kevin Keirmaier gunned down tying run to preserve Rays’ win

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Here’s a bad idea. The game is on the line, and you’re going to run on Kevin Kiermaier. Really? Kiermaier, second in the American League in throwing out opposing baserunners, did it again in the bottom of the ninth inning of Tampa Bay’s 5-4 victory over the Chicago White Sox. Kiermaier gunned down Alexei Ramirez, his short hop finding Curt Casali, who tagged over a somersaulting Rameriz. It was the 12th assist of the year for Kiermaier. If Ramirez had not…

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Rays blow two big leads as their losing streak continues

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Even when the Tampa Bay Rays hit these days, they lose. The Rays blew two big leads (one of three runs in regulation and one of two  in extra innings) Friday night to lose their sixth game, this one 7-5 to the New York Yankees, which undid a lot of deficit with home run balls. The Rays have now lost eight of their last 10 games. A three-run homer by Mark Teixeira in the eighth and another by Brian McCann…

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Rays get runners on but can’t get them home against Jays

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No wonder the Tampa Bay Rays had trouble knocking in runs Monday night, what with umpires taking their bats and all. The Rays left 14 runners stranded on base in an 8-5 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays, leaving them loaded in the second and eighth inning and seeing an early 3-1 lead evaporate. Toronto broke open a 3-3 game with four runs in the sixth inning. For the Rays, one of the strangest plays of the night came when…

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Rays waste pitching gem by Alex Colome in loss to Indians

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There are days when a pitcher deserves better luck. Alex Colome knows all about that. Colome threw a perfect game into the sixth inning, but the Tampa Bay Rays lost a 1-0 decision to the Cleveland Indians Sunday afternoon in Cleveland. Colome gave up only an infield single to Michael Bourn in his seven innings. Kevin Jepson took the loss for Tampa Bay, giving up a bases-loaded sacrifice fly to David Murphy. Roberto Perez scored the winning run, sliding in…

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Mariners’ Felix Hernandez shuts down Tampa Bay again

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Sometimes, the other guys can pitch a little, too. The Tampa Bay Rays’ offense was completely shut down by King Felix Hernandez (9-2) of the Seattle Mariners in a 2-1 loss Saturday night that broke the Rays’ four-game winning streak. Hernandez allowed only two hits in seven innings and only three for the game. Seattle, which has been in a horrible slump offensively, didn’t need many runs to beat the Rays. They got the winner on a home run by…

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Kevin Kiermaier’s home run lifts the Rays in the 10th

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The Tampa Bay Rays have experienced a lot of triumph and a lot of heartache over the years. Wednesday night, they experienced both. There was the thrill of the evening, a 10th-inning home run by Kevin Kiermaier that led to a series-winning victory, 6-5 over the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. There was the agony of letting one slip away, as Brad Boxberger finally blew a save opportunity. There was the energy of a comeback from a 4-0 defeat. In…

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