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Erasmo Ramirez gives the Tampa Bay Rays a reason to keep smiling

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Most of the time, Erasmo Ramirez is smiling. Sometimes, he makes other people smile, too. Ramirez was terrific in his first start of the year Thursday, taming the Detroit Tigers in an 8-1 victory that completed a series sweep, their first since San Diego in mid-August of last season. Ramirez allowed only two hits – and one earned run – in the five innings he pitched. Chase Whitley went the three innings afterward and allowed only one hit, and Tommy…

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Twins come from behind against Erasmo Ramirez of Tampa Bay

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Remember when Erasmo Ramirez was claiming almost every win for the Tampa Bay Rays. If so, you have a fairly good memory. Since Ramirez’ 6-1 beginning (through May 7), he has gone only 1-8. The latest loss came Friday night, when Ramirez gave up three runs in 2 2/3 innings, and the Rays led a late lead slip away to the Minnesota Twins. The Twins closed to within a half-game of the Rays in the battle for last place in…

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Indians victimize slumping Erasmo Ramirez as Rays lose another game

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There for a while, Erasmo Ramirez couldn’t help but win baseball games. If the Rays won, it was more often than not Ramirez who got the victory. He won six of his first seven games, and he had a 1.13 ERA. It was a Ramirez world. Since then, however, Ramirez has struggled. He had a 4.81 ERA in his next 17 appearances. Then came a forgettable Monday night in a 7-4 loss to the Cleveland Indians. Ramirez entered the game…

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Rays’ manager Kevin Cash sticks with Erasmo Ramirez too long

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After six wins, after a successful move to the bullpen, it is understandable if Rays’ manager Kevin Cash thinks a lot of pitcher Erasmo Ramirez. Maybe, he thinks too much of him. Cash stuck with Ramirez late in Monday night’s game, and it came back to hurt the Rays in a 7-6 defeat. The loss drops the Rays to 20-22 on the season. Ramirez was successful in pitching through the sixth and seventh as the Rays took a 6-5 lead.…

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Rays come back against David Price to win wild game in Boston

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Talk about a deep hole. Here the Tampa Bay Rays were, trailing 5-1 with ace pitcher David Price on the mound. Yet, the Rays dug themselves out, scoring six times in the fourth and three more in the top of the ninth to take a 12-8 win over the Boston Red Sox to take their series. Both teams are now 7-8 on the season. Erasmo Ramirez of the Rays went to 4-0 with the win in relief, giving him more…

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Rays turn to Erasmo Ramirez for first starter’s victory of year

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Okay. Who had Erasmo Ramirez in the pool? Ramirez, who wasn’t even in the starting rotation of the Tampa Bay Rays until Saturday, became the first starter to win a game for the team. Backed by three home runs, the Rays broke out for seven runs in a 7-2 victory over the White Sox. Tampa Bay had been shut out in its previous two games and had only one run in its last three. It was the lowest-scoring team in…

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Rays send Erasmo Ramirez to bullpen, plan 4-man rotation

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He is always smiling, always happy. For Erasmo Ramirez, every day is a good one. Even this one, when he is headed to the bullpen of the Tampa Bay Rays. The Rays have announced they will open their season with a four-man rotation, made possible because of an abundance of off-days (eight in the first seven weeks). Ramirez, 11-6 a year ago in 27 starts, will help to fill the void left by Brad Boxberger‘s injury. “He’s going to the…

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