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Rays’ offensive woes continue in loss to Cleveland Indians

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At any moment, a perfect game may break out against them. On any night, they stand a chance of being no-hit. Ah, the poor Tampa Bay Rays. The hitless wonders. It happened again in Tuesday night’s 6-2 loss to the Cleveland Indians. The Rays simply couldn’t mount enough offense to score anyone. For the third time in six games, the other team carried a perfect game into the sixth inning. The Rays fell to 2-6 on their current homestand, and…

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Rays’ unknown pitching staff helps the team rule AL East

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There are mysteries in life. Easter Island. The Sphinx. JFK. And how in the world are these Tampa Bay Rays on top of the American League East? A year ago, they were 16 games below .500. This year, they are nine above. They do not hit very well. No one has heard of their starting pitchers. The manager just got here. Nate Karns? Erasmo Ramirez? Mike Andriese? Alex Colome? That’s the rotation? That’s what’s keeping this team atop the American…

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Evan Longoria returns with home run to lead Rays’ victory

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Well, welcome back, Evan Longoria. And welcome back to the Tampa Bay Rays’ style of winning. Both of them were familiar sites Wednesday night as the Rays beat the Los Angeles Angels of Anahem, 4-2, at Tropicana Field. For Longoria, he started for the first time in four games and hit his sixth home run of the year to snap a tie in the third inning. But for the Rays, the key element was the pitching formula that has carried…

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Not many witnesses as Rays stop Yankees

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Maybe it’s because the New York Yankees suddenly draw (or do not) like just another team, the Tampa Bay Rays are treating them that way. The  Tampa Bay Rays drubbed the first-place Yankees Thursday night, cruising to a 6-2 lead before an unlikely hero named Erasmo Ramirez, who won for the first time in 13 ½ months. For Tampa Bay, it was a welcome sight after the team had lost both Alex Cobb and Drew Smyly from their pitching rotation…

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