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Rays eliminated from postseason with loss to Yanks

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Aaron Hicks robbed Wilson Ramos of a first-inning grand slam in the outfielder’s return from the disabled list, and the playoff-bound New York Yankees beat the Tampa Bay Rays 6-1 Tuesday night to clinch home-field advantage if they end up in the AL wild-card game next week. Tampa Bay’s first three batters reached against rookie Jordan Montgomery (9-7), and Hicks leaped at the 385-foot sign in right-center to get his glove above the wall. He squeezed the webbing tight, preventing the…

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Adeiny Hechavarria leads Rays over Yankees

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Displaced but not daunted, the Tampa Bay Rays hung tough in their temporary home. Adeiny Hechavarria hit a tiebreaking homer off Sonny Gray in the bottom of the eighth inning and the Rays, hosting a series relocated to Citi Field because of Hurricane Irma, beat the New York Yankees 2-1 on Tuesday night.

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Rays salvage series finale with 5-3 win over Yankees

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Corey Dickerson hit a go-ahead, two-run single in a three-run third, and the Tampa Bay Rays‘ bullpen allowed one hit over five scoreless innings in a 5-3 win over the New York Yankees on Sunday that salvaged the finale of a four-game series. Sergio Romo, Dan Jennings, Steve Cishek and Tommy Hunter pitched hitless relief after rookie Jacob Faria started just four of 20 batters with strikes and got only 12 outs on his 24th birthday.

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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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Yanks avoid sweep with 3-2 win over Rays

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Yankees manager Joe Girardi couldn’t help but smile when talking about 5-foot-11 Brett Gardner going deep again and 6-foot-7 Aaron Judge making an unbelievable diving catch. Gardner hit his eighth home run, one more than this 2016 total, and CC Sabathia won consecutive starts for the first time in nearly a year to help New York beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-2 Sunday and avoid a three-game sweep. Didi Gregorius had an RBI single in the second for the second…

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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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Leading off: 3 MLB playoff spots open, 1 day left on schedule

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A GIANT DAY San Francisco holds a one-game lead over St. Louis for the last NL playoff spot going into the final day of the regular season. Matt Moore starts at home for the Giants vs. the Dodgers, and a win gives them the second NL wild-card slot. In St. Louis, Adam Wainwright and the Cardinals need to beat Pittsburgh and hope for a Giants loss to force a one-game tiebreaker. COULD BE CHAOS Baltimore, Toronto, and Detroit all have…

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