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Rays sell out their 12th straight opening game against Yankees

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Attendance problems? Those are for the other 80 home games. For openers, the Tampa Bay Rays have plenty of fans. The Rays have sold out their 12th consecutive opener, selling out Sunday’s game against the New York Yankees at the Trop. Tickets are available for the remaining two games in the season-opening series against the Yankees on Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:10 p.m. and for the first weekend series of the season, April 6-9, versus the Toronto Blue Jays. The…

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Rays won’t get their first choice in search for a new stadium

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For Stuart Sternberg, finding a new stadium site for the Tampa Bay Rays hasn’t proven as easily as just identifying his preferred site. “We had some ideas on locations that just weren’t available, that I thought would have worked perfectly, but they’re off the table,” Sternberg said in Port Charlotte Thursday. “So we’re sort of moving down our list to Nos. 2, 3 and 4. It’s like starting pitchers, you have five of them and sometimes No. 4 is better…

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Baseball Prospectus sees the Tampa Bay Rays improving to second

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The Tampa Bay Rays may be facing a turnaround year. At least, that’s what the people at Baseball Prospectus believe. According the PECOTA rankings, the Rays should improve to be the second-ranked team in the AL East. They should tie the Texas Rangers for the wild-card spot with 84 wins. It was the kind of turnaround prediction that is sure to make manager Kevin Cash happy. That might sound a bit lofty when you compare it to last year’s 68-win…

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Two days after big victory, Rays struggle in big defeat

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Some days you drop the bomb, and some days, it’s dropped on you. Two days after the Tampa Bay Rays clobbered Minnesota, 19-0, the Rays lost their worst-ever game, a 19-2 verdict to the Boston Red Sox. The 17-run loss beat 15-run defeats in 1998 and 2012 to Minnesota. Jackie Bradley Jr. hit two home runs and drove in five for Boston. Pitcher Jose De Leon made his debut, allowing four runs on two hits and two walks. Hanley Ramirez…

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Rays bash Minnesota 19-0 in Grapefruit League contest

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Are we sure it doesn’t count? Is there any way we can make it count? After all, fans have waited years for the Tampa Bay Rays to hit like this – 23 hits including five home runs. And the team hasn’t pitched like this very often – seven perfect innings and a shutout. It all added up to a 19-0 squashing of Minnesota is a grapefruit league victory Tuesday. Alex Cobb threw two perfect innings in the game. Curt Casali,…

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Does the Rays’ pitching staff have an ace, and if so, who is he?

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As the Tampa Bay Rays’ pitchers report for training camp, it starts with a simple question. Who’s the ace? And if there isn’t one, who’s, say, the Jack of Clubs? The Rays want to believe they have a good staff, a staff that will keep them in the AL East race. For that to happen, however, a lot of guys are going to have to have a lot better seasons than they did last year. For instance: Chris Archer led…

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Rays optimistic of a good season as spring training begins

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It’s spring, and the Rays see answers instead of questions. Surgically repaired pitcher Alex Cobb? He’s an asset. Catcher Wilson Ramos? He’s going to help, even if he can’t get behind the plate for a while yet. Shortstop Matt Duffy, who was hurt when the Rays traded for him? Rays’ manager Kevin Cash is looking forward to seeing him add to the offense and defense. And so it goes. It’s the time of year when skies are partly sunny instead…

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