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Jacob Faria leads Rays to 8-1 rout of Blue Jays

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Rookie Jacob Faria dazzled again and Logan Morrison hit his 18th home run of the season to help the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Toronto Blue Jays 8-1 on Tuesday night. Six days after his big-league debut, Faria (2-0) became the third Rays pitcher all-time to win his first two career games, joining Jeremy Hellickson and Joe Kennedy. The victory was Tampa Bay’s sixth in its last seven games. The 23-year-old right-hander held the Blue Jays to six hits in…

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Rays, A’s split rare doubleheader

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The game was already long and there would be another one. Evan Longoria wanted to get it over. “We didn’t need more extra innings in a game like today,” Longoria said after his RBI single in the 10th inning lifted the Tampa Bay Rays over the Oakland Athletics 6-5 Saturday. “It’s been quite a while since I’ve gotten a walk-off hit. It felt good.” The Rays’ fourth straight win came in the opener of the majors’ first regularly scheduled doubleheader…

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Corey Dickerson lone Rays’ bright spot in All-Star balloting

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Corey Dickerson is having a monster season worthy of an all-star. Whether he is invited to make the short trip to Miami as part of the American League All-Star team is yet to be determined. In the first round of American League All-Star balloting released Wednesday, Dickerson is fourth among designated hitters. No other Rays player is among the top 5 in any position. Seattle’s Nelson Cruz leads designated hitters by a wide margin over second place Edwin Encarnacion of…

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Rays blank Angels 4-0

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Matt Andriese allowed six hits over eight innings, Colby Rasmus drove in four runs and the Tampa Bay Rays salvaged a split of a four-game series with Los Angeles by beating the Angels 4-0 on Thursday. Andriese (5-1) improved to 4-0 over his last five starts, holding the Angels to 1 for 11 with runners in scoring position. Los Angeles threatened in five innings against the right-hander. Rasmus had a pair of key two-out hits with the bases loaded: a…

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Stephen Souza, Jr. homers twice in Rays’ 5-2 win over Angels

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Steven Souza Jr. homered twice to rally the Tampa Bay Rays to a 5-2 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday night. Colby Rasmus also went deep for the Rays and Erasmo Ramirez pitched six strong innings in his third start of the season. Albert Pujols hit his 597th career home run, a two run shot in the first for the Angels. It was his sixth of the season. Ramirez (3-0) gave up four hits and walked one while…

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Homers, hit batters, ejections define Rays’ win over Yanks

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Corey Dickerson homered twice and the Tampa Bay Rays won their season-high fourth in a row, beating the New York Yankees 9-5 Saturday in a game that included three hit batters, three ejections and one animated argument. Yankees rookie Aaron Judge hit his 15th home run, most in the majors. He also doubled and has a career-best eight-game hitting streak. New York manager Joe Girardi used his hands to cover the plate with dirt after being tossed by umpire Scott…

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Rays edge Yankees behind Evan Longoria’s 4 hits

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Evan Longoria got four hits, including a tiebreaking single in the eighth inning that sent the Tampa Bay Rays over the New York Yankees 5-4 on Friday night. Longoria began the game in an 0-for-12 rut, but has often done well against the Yankees, totaling 102 RBI in 156 games. His go-ahead hit came with two outs after Tyler Clippard (0-2) walked two and struck out a pair. Danny Farquhar (2-1) induced an inning-ending double play from Aaron Judge in…

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