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Rays finally end their losing skid by beating Yankees

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Finally. Relief. The Tampa Bay Rays won a baseball game at last Sunday afternoon, finally getting enough hitting, enough scoring and enough pitching to return to the win column after losing seven straight ballgames. They beat the New York Yankees, 8-1, scoring the game’s first four and its last four. The Rays had been fairly creative in all their losing, dropping games on three-run homers and on botched bunt plays. They had won only one of their previous 10 games.…

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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’ offensive woes continue in loss to Cleveland Indians

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At any moment, a perfect game may break out against them. On any night, they stand a chance of being no-hit. Ah, the poor Tampa Bay Rays. The hitless wonders. It happened again in Tuesday night’s 6-2 loss to the Cleveland Indians. The Rays simply couldn’t mount enough offense to score anyone. For the third time in six games, the other team carried a perfect game into the sixth inning. The Rays fell to 2-6 on their current homestand, and…

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Evan Longoria returns with home run to lead Rays’ victory

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Well, welcome back, Evan Longoria. And welcome back to the Tampa Bay Rays’ style of winning. Both of them were familiar sites Wednesday night as the Rays beat the Los Angeles Angels of Anahem, 4-2, at Tropicana Field. For Longoria, he started for the first time in four games and hit his sixth home run of the year to snap a tie in the third inning. But for the Rays, the key element was the pitching formula that has carried…

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NFL stars are paid less than you might think

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So you envy the quarterback his money, huh? You think it would be fine to be paid like the wide receiver? Or the defensive end? Maybe the cornerback? Oh, those guys aren’t missing meals. But if you’re talking about the top paid athletes on the planet, there are other athletes worth envying. The point guard, maybe. Or the the outfielder. Or the goaltender. As it turns out, the NFL is only the fifth highest scoring sports league on the planet,…

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