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Rays make it home, finally, and win a spring game over Minnesota

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As far as the regular season goes, minor league catcher Mayo Acosta is ready. Acosta is not being counted on by the Rays this season, but he drove in three runs in Tampa Bay’s 5-2 comeback victory over the Minnesota Twins Wednesday. Most of the Rays had the day off because of their Cuba trip, and a flight delay that didn’t see them land in the U.S. until 5 a.m. But Erasmo Ramirez entered and pitched six innings, allowing one…

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Rays’ split squads win one, lose one in spring training play

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The good was there for the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday. In a split-squad victory, the Rays beat the Boston Red Sox 13-5. The Rays jumped ahead early with a six-run inning and coasted as Erasmus Ramirez earned the win. Ah, but the bad was there, too. In a split-squad defeat, the Rays lost to the Toronto Blue Jays 6-1. The Rays fell behind early by giving up a four-run third and never caught up as Taylor Guerreri took the…

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Rays’ Erasmo Ramirez has tough outing against Detroit

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John Mayberry Jr. hit a solo home run in the seventh inning Tuesday, leading the Detroit Tigers to a 6-5 spring training win over the Tampa Bay Rays. Mayberry’s homer snapped a 5-5 tie. The Rays had jumped to a 3-0 lead on a homer by Kyle Roller, but Detroit came right back and scored five off of starter Erasmo Ramirez. Tim Beckam, Nick Franklin and Roller all had two hits for the Rays. Chris Archer starts today’s game against Toronto…

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Tampa Bay beats Red Sox behind Evan Longoria’s big night

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Evan Longoria seems to be on his way to a strong finish for the Tampa Bay Rays. Longoria had three hits, including his 20th home run of the year, Thursday night to take the Tampa Bay Rays to its third straight victory, a 4-2 decision over the Boston Red Sox. Longoria now has at least 20 home runs in seven of eight seasons. In the history of the game, the only third basemen to hit at least 20 in their…

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Rays near last place after being beaten by Baltimore Orloles

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With six losses in their last eight games, the Tampa Bay Rays find themselves a half-step away from last place in the American League East. The Rays moved to within a half-game of the cellar-dwelling Boston Red Sox following a 2-1 defeat at the hands of the Baltimore Orioles. Tampa Bay is now six games under .500 at 71-77. The Rays scored in the first inning to tie the game at one, but they didn’t cross the plate again. They…

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Yankees come from behind as Brad Boxberger blows another game

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For the optimists, there was Erasmo Ramirez, flirting with history. For the pessimists, there was Brad Boxberger, letting another one slip away. For the realists, there is the ever-daunting problem of trying to get back into the AL wild card race while falling. The Rays are now five games under .500, their lowest point of the season. The New York Yankees put them there Monday night with a 4-1 voctory on a ninth inning comeback. With the Rays one out away from…

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Tampa Bay Rays finally come from behind to win in nine

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Oh, so this is what a ninth-inning comeback feels like. The Tampa Bay Rays, who had been 0-49 on the season when trailing after eight innings, finally came from behind to win one in the final frame Saturday night in a 5-4 win over Oakland. The Rays had come from behind 25 times this year, more than one-third of all their wins, but never in the final chapter. The Rays scored two runs on a double by the red-hot Asdrubal…

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