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Rays announce start times, single-admission doubleheader

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Now, here’s a concept for you. How about twice the Rays for the price? On Saturday, June 10, the Tampa Bay Rays will play the Oakland A’s in a single-admission doubleheader. It will be Major League Baseball’s first scheduled doubleheader since July 16, 2011, when the A’s hosted the Los Angeles Angels, and only the second scheduled doubleheader in the last two decades. The Rays also announced their game times for the upcoming season, which opens on Sunday, April 2,…

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Rays trade pitcher Drew Smyly for Mallex Smith, prospects

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The Tampa Bay Rays, still trying to escape from the AL East cellar, have added some speed to their roster. The Rays traded pitcher Drew Smiley for young outfielder Mallex  Smith and prospects Carlos Vargas and Ryan Yarbrough. Smith will fit into a suddenly crowded outfield, which also will feature free agent Colby Rasmus, signed two days ago. Smith stole 16 bases for the Atlanta Braves last year. He has 299 steals in the minor leagues. Smith, 23, would help…

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Rays add Colby Rasmus to their outfield, need bullpen help

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The Tampa Bay Rays may have to tweak their starting rotation. Obviously, the bullpen needs work. As far as the regular lineup, however, the Rays have gotten better this off-season with the addition of Colby Rasmus and catcher Wilson Ramos. Whether they have done enough remains to be seen, but it’s a start toward fixing last year’s 68-94 record, the only non-winning team in the AL East. Rasmus has had four 20-home run seasons and is thought of as an excellent…

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Rays cast dissenting vote against CBA to protest their plight

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The need a little help. They didn’t feel they got it. Hence was Stu Sternberg’s lone dissenting vote as MLB owners ratified their new labor agreement by a vote of 29-1. The Rays have long felt that the gap between large-market and small-market teams was widening, and they viewed the new labor agreement as a chance to address their concerns. “I am thankful for the hard work, leadership, and spirit of compromise that were essential to this agreement coming together,”…

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Rays add all-star catcher Wilson Ramos to their roster

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The Tampa Bay Rays will have a new catcher in their lineup … eventually. The Rays formally announced the signing of Wilson Ramos, the former catcher of the Washington Nationals. The Rays signed him as a free agent for a two-year contract worth $12.5 million. Ramos can earn another $5.75 million through incentives. It may take some time for Tampa Bay to see what it has in Ramos. Ramos suffered a ACL in his right knee near the end of last…

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Despite finishing 25 games back, Matt Silverman sees bright spots

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They finished in last place in the AL East. They lost 94 times. They were the second-worst team in baseball. They hit 216 home runs, but 136 of them were solos. And still, Tampa Bay Rays general manager Matt Silverman talked about bright spots. In the Rays’ season-ending news conference Tuesday, Silverman talked about a team he expects to be better in 2017 despite the flaws of this season. “We’re incredibly disappointed,” Silverman said. “The season went south so early,…

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Hooray! Rays end the 2106 season by beating Rangers again

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It ended just fine. It was all those games that came before the end that were the problem. The Tampa Bay Rays closed out their season with a 6-4 extra innings win over the Texas Rangers and a two-game winning streak. But the Rays finished with a 68-94 record, good for the second-worst record in the majors league. It was the worst record Tampa Bay has had since 2007. The Rays, led by manager Kevin Cash, finished ahead of only…

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