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Tampa Bay Rays whiff again in 7-5 defeat by the Boston Red Sox

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Once again, the Tampa Bay Rays are striking out on the road. Literally. The Rays lost their fifth game in their last six tries Sunday, falling 7-5 to the Boston Red Sox. The Rays have also struck out at least 11 times in five of those six games. It’s been a nagging problem for the Rays, who lead the major leagues in strikeouts with 139. This time, it was a particular challenge in the eighth inning, when Kevin Kiermaier singled…

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Red-hot Rays finish first home streak of the season at 5-2 with win over Blue Jays

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The Tampa Bay Rays have started the 2017 baseball season as if they were trying to make you reconsider. The Rays, last in the American League East a year ago, ran their record to a franchise-best 5-2 start to a season Sunday with a 7-2 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays. The Rays are currently in second place in the AL East, a half-game behind Baltimore. This time, the Rays competed hard enough that their angst showed a couple of…

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Rays beat Blue Jays in extra innings behind Mallex Smith’s big night

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For a moment, it appeared that the strategy had worked. It hadn’t. For a moment, it appeared that the Toronto Blue Jays could get out of the jam. They couldn’t. The Tampa Bay Rays won another close one Saturday night, edging the Blue Jays in 11 innings. And the catalyst to it all was a speedy outfielder who had a career night. Mallex Smith reached base five times, on two hits and three walks. He hit a double and scored…

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Yankees’ C.C. Sabathia tames Rays bats, brings Tampa Bay to earth

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Oh, yeah. There are the Tampa Bay Rays. Two days after the euphoria of a huge win on Opening Day, the Rays fell back somewhat to last year’s performance, losing a 5-0 game to the New York Yankees. This time, no one was talking about parades. No one suggested anyone run for office. The Rays had only five hits in the shutout, and four of those didn’t clear the infield. “Yes,” Rays’ manager Kevin Cash said when asked if he…

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Tampa Bay Rays clobber Yankees to win impressive opener

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Well, look who is on top of baseball? Why, it’s the Tampa Bay Rays. And who would have thought to look for them there? The Rays opened the 2017 season with a 7-3 victory over the New York Yankees Sunday. And while it’s early, it was an impressive way to start the season for the Rays. The Rays, 16 games behind the Yankees a year ago, jumped New York early and never slowed in the win. Tampa Bay scored three…

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Stu Sternberg says search for stadium sight is ‘progressing steadily’

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The scoreboard above him was blank. The standings, too. Soon, both would change. The new season was three hours in front of Stu Sternberg, the principal owner of the Tampa Bay Rays. Sternberg stood beside the first base dugout, looking at the new grass of his old facility in the moments before his team played the New York Yankees. He talked about the Opening Days of his youth, about the Rays, about the season to come. Yes, he talked about…

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Rays’ Chris Archer thinks his team will surprise some people

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Outside the clubhouse, there is new synthetic turf and old banners. There are questions and skeptics. Inside, there is hope and promise and optimism. Two days short of Opening Day, why wouldn’t there be? Chris Archer of the Tampa Bay Rays stands in front of his locker, and he expresses his belief in a team that many think is bound for the AL East Cellar. Archer believes. Someone has to, right? “I think we’re super-talented,” said Archer, who will start Sunday…

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