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Rays lose their sixth of the last seven games after big error

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The Tampa Bay Rays can’t wait to get home. The Rays limped through the final game of their homestand, losing six of the seven games to ruin a good start. The Rays lost to the Boston Red Sox 4-2 Saturday with a familiar pattern: A good start, loose defense, a lost chance at a comeback and too many strikeouts. Tampa Bay started out the season 5-2, but in six of the seven games since, the Rays have had at least…

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Rays fall to Yankees; lose back-to-back games for the first time this season

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The Tampa Bay Rays are suffering their first losing streak of the season. The Rays fell to 5-4 and to third place in the AL East, losing an 8-4 decision to the New York Yankees. In back-to-back games, the Rays have given up 16 runs. The Rays were particularly sloppy Wednesday, blowing a 3-0 lead, committing two errors and having two runners thrown out trying to stretch singles into doubles. Rays’ starter Blake Snell went only 4 2/3 innings, allowing…

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Rays’ losing streak approaching the level of historic futility

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In 2002, the Rays lost more games in a row than the current team. They ended up losing 106 games. In 2004, the Rays lost more games in a row. They ended up losing 91. Now, with 11 straight losses, you have to wonder just how bad these Rays will finish. The Tampa Bay Rays’ losing streak has taken on historic proportions. The Rays fell 13 ½ games off the AL East lead Sunday, being swept for the first time…

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Rays lose another as their streak falls to nine games in a row

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The undefeated pitcher didn’t make it out of the fifth. The winless pitcher threw a four-hitter. And, for the Tampa Bay Rays, the losing goes on. The Rays dropped a 5-0 game to the Baltimore Orioles in the first game of a day-night doubleheader Saturday afternoon, stretching their losing streak to nine straight games with no sign of relief. If the Rays had a shot at finally beating a first place team, it figured to be Saturday. Rays’ starting pitcher…

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Tampa Bay Rays plummet even further in loss to Minnesota Twins

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If you were wondering just how bad this losing streak will get for the Tampa Bay Rays, Thursday night might have provided a few clues. The Rays fell, 6-4, to the lowly Minnesota Twins, a loss that was the team’s fifth straight and its 11th in 13 games. The Rays fell eight games under .500. Yeah, that was the same Twins who hav the worst record in the American League, the worst era and the fewest runs scored. Still, the…

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Lightning losing streak reaches four as team gets off to rugged start

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Jon Cooper said it. Steven Stamkos said it. Everyone said it. For the Tampa Bay Lightning, this year was going to be tougher. But this tough? Already? Any tougher, and there would be barbed wire on the ice. The Lightning (5-5-2) dropped its fourth straight game – in which it has scored only two goals – on Saturday night to the Boston Bruins, 3-1. The Bolts have only two victories in their last year games, and now go on a…

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Rays hammered by Royals as losing streak grows even longer

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And now, for some good news for the Tampa Bay Rays. Planes leave Kansas City every hour. There are trains that leave town, and busses, and rental cars. There is walking. Just some way, any way, you have to let the Rays out of this town of terror before they get bludgeoned again. For Tampa Bay, this has not been a friendly town. The Rays, in a nightmare of a skid, suffered its worst series of the year against the…

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