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Adrian Beltre hits two homers as Rangers beat Tampa Bay

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In the area of things that don’t surprise you, good teams give the Tampa Bay Rays, last in the AL East, fits. Take, for instance, Friday night’s 6-2 loss to the Texas Rangers. The Rays have an AL-worst record of 31-56. Worse news? The Rays will also play their next 35 games against teams with winning records. Tampa Bay broke up Cole Hamels‘ no-hitter when Corey Dickerson singled with two outs in the sixth (one of two hits he had).…

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Brad Miller hits his 25th homer as Rays sweep Padres

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Brad Miller seems intent on making Tropicana Field his home. Miller launched yet another home run, his 25th of the season, Wednesday afternoon and the Rays got shutout pitching from Chris Archer to win 2-0. It was the Rays’ fourth sweep of the season. Miller has three home runs in his last seven at-bats. Of his 25 homers, 19 have come at Tropicana Field. He has almost equaled his career total of 29 coming into the season. “I think I…

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Rays’ offensive is explosive again in big win over San Diego

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Suddenly, there is muscle in their bats. Suddenly, the ballpark cannot hold the Tampa Bay Rays. The Rays clobbered the San Diego Padres Tuesday night, hitting five home runs in an easy 15-1 victory over the San Diego Padres. It continued a torrid offense by the Rays. Tampa Bay has now scored 35 runs over their last three games, and they’ve scored 66 runs in their last seven victories. Since the all-star break, the Rays are 15-15, and have scored…

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Rays beat Padres behind a pitching gem by Drew Smyly

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The Tampa Bay Rays are finally getting the brand of pitching they thought they would get all along. For instance, consider Drew Smyly. Smyly threw seven innings of one-hit baseball at the San Diego Padres Monday night, his fifth straight quality start. In those five games, Smyly is 3-0 with a 2.25 ERA. “This game is full of streaks, hitting and pitching,” Smyly said. “You’ve just got to try to ride out the good streaks and try to limit the…

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Jake Odorizzi again shines as Tampa Bay wins one against New York

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The bottom of the American League East standings is hardly the place you would look for an ace. Nevertheless, Jake Odorizzi of the Tampa Bay Rays continues to shine. Odorizzi, 4-0 in his last six starts, took another victory Sunday in a 12-3 victory over the New York Yankees. Odorizzi has a 1.66 ERA since the break. The Rays led only 3-2 going into the fourth inning, but scored six runs that inning and four more in the seventh. In the…

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Yankees hit five home runs in easy victory over Rays

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It’s too soon to call them the new Murderer’s Row. For an afternoon, however, the new New York Yankees blasted the Tampa Bay Rays. The Yankees hit five home runs, the most anyone has hit against Tampa Bay all season, in an 8-4 mashing of the Rays, 46-69 on the season. The Rays are the only team in the AL East that has not won at least 60 games this year. New York got home runs from Tyler Austin and…

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Alex Rodriguez walks away from Yankees after win over Rays

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For a night, he was a conquering hero walking away in glory. For his career, he was a controversial figure who played in scandal. It is up to the historians now. Alex Rodriguez has walked away from the game, and the Yankees, and the headlines that plagued him throughout his career. Was he a great Yankee, as the numbers suggest? Was he a cheater, as his history suggests? Either way, we will have eternity to debate it. Rodriguez, 40, played…

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