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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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Tampa Bay Rays whiff again in 7-5 defeat by the Boston Red Sox

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Once again, the Tampa Bay Rays are striking out on the road. Literally. The Rays lost their fifth game in their last six tries Sunday, falling 7-5 to the Boston Red Sox. The Rays have also struck out at least 11 times in five of those six games. It’s been a nagging problem for the Rays, who lead the major leagues in strikeouts with 139. This time, it was a particular challenge in the eighth inning, when Kevin Kiermaier singled…

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Tampa Bay Rays clobber Yankees to win impressive opener

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Well, look who is on top of baseball? Why, it’s the Tampa Bay Rays. And who would have thought to look for them there? The Rays opened the 2017 season with a 7-3 victory over the New York Yankees Sunday. And while it’s early, it was an impressive way to start the season for the Rays. The Rays, 16 games behind the Yankees a year ago, jumped New York early and never slowed in the win. Tampa Bay scored three…

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For Evan Longoria, losing teammates has to be getting old

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If the trade of Logan Forsythe by the Tampa Bay Rays was tough for you to see, imagine it through the eyes of Evan Longoria. He is  31, and his chances are fading away. His team keeps trading todays for tomorrows, and the payroll remains low, and the team’s place is in the cellar. And now, a trusted comrade is bound for Los Angeles, following the departure of so many others. David Price and Ben Zobrist and James Shields and Carl…

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Rays capture a rare walk-off victory by beating Boston in 11

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Say this for the Tampa Bay Rays. They still know how to celebrate. Look at them frolic. Look at Logan Morrison on the back of hero Luke Maile. Look at the team bound around home plate. Look at the Rays celebrate their third walkoff victory of the year, a 4-3 victory over the Boston Red Sox. The Rays are now 4-57 in games in which they have trailed after seven innings. It was the bottom of the 11th inning, two…

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Boston’s David Price shuts down former Rays’ teammates

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For much of the year, fans have debated whether David Price of the Boston Red Sox was the worth his paycheck. After Tuesday night, they may give him a raise. Price tamed his former Tampa Bay Rays teammates, throwing eight innings of two-hit, shutout baseball. It was Price’s second straight win over the Rays, and stretched his scoreless streak to 19 1/3 innings. Price didn’t allow a runner to reach second base and pitched to three batters over the limit. “We fell behind early,” said Rays…

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Rays’ offensive is explosive again in big win over San Diego

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Suddenly, there is muscle in their bats. Suddenly, the ballpark cannot hold the Tampa Bay Rays. The Rays clobbered the San Diego Padres Tuesday night, hitting five home runs in an easy 15-1 victory over the San Diego Padres. It continued a torrid offense by the Rays. Tampa Bay has now scored 35 runs over their last three games, and they’ve scored 66 runs in their last seven victories. Since the all-star break, the Rays are 15-15, and have scored…

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