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Brad Miller’s 3-run home run lifts Rays past Kansas City

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Brad Miller found his new position Thursday afternoon. It’s called “crossing the plate.” Miller, whose shortstop position will be lost to newly acquired Matt Duffy, nonetheless continued his hot hitting. His three-run homer in the eighth inning pulled out a 3-2 victory for the Tampa Bay Rays over Kansas City. Miller now has four homers in his last six games, including a career-high 19 for the year. His home run came on a 1-1 pitch with Logan Forsythe (who had singled) and Kevin Kiermaier (who had walked). The Rays…

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Tampa Bay’s Jake Odorizzi tames Royals in Rays’ big 12-0 victory

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Maybe Jake Odorizzi will never give up another run. Certainly, Odorizzi is pitching that way for the Tampa Bay Rays. His last three straights – 20 2/3 innings – have been scoreless. He’s given up a total of 13 hits. Wednesday night, Odorizzi threw a two-hit shutout in six innings, and the Rays won a 12-0 game over a Kansas City team that had had its way with Tampa Bay this season. The Royals had won 12 of 13 games.…

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Tampa Bay Rays strand a ballgame on base in loss to Kansas City Royals

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It isn’t hard to figure out why the Tampa Bay Rays aren’t winning. It’s because of all those men stranded on base. The Rays lost again on Tuesday night, falling 3-2 to Kansas City. Tampa Bay went only one for 14 with runners on base, an old habit. The Rays are 8-9 since the all-star break, and they’re hitting only .141 with nine hits in 64 at bats in the losses. In the wins, they’re hitting .403 with 25 hits…

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Kansas City’s Danny Duffy throws a one-hitter at Rays, strikes out 16

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Evidently, the Tampa Bay Rays traded away their offense Monday afternoon. So what if it was only Steve Pearce and Brandon Guyer who were traded from the lineup. Against the Kansas City Royals, however, it was if the two took the bats with them. The Rays managed only one eighth-inning double against Danny Duffy, who threw a one-hit shutout and struck out 16. He was six outs away from no-hitting the Rays for the sixth time. “Duffy had everything going,…

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Tampa Bay Rays are swept by Kansas City as team’s slide continues

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The slide continued for the Tampa Bay Rays Wednesday night in Kansas City. The Rays were swept by the Kansas City Royals, losing 6-3. It was the team’s 10th loss in their last 12 games. Chris Archer struggled again, giving up four runs in the first two innings. The Rays came back to within 4-3, but a pair of sacrifice flies closed it out for the Royals, who lead the American League Central. Tampa Bay, in last place in the…

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Rays’ reliever Brad Boxberger injured again in loss to Royals

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Brad Boxberger was back. And then he was gone again. For Boxberger, the comeback lasted 16 pitches. He retired two batters. He gave up a home run and a single. And that was it. Boxberger, the reliever of the Tampa Bay Rays,  strained something in his left side Tuesday night, adding even more of a pall in a 10-5 loss to the Kansas City Royals. The Royals had 18 hits in the game, including at least one by 10 position…

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Rays get another good start, but lose another game to Kansas City

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The Tampa Bay Rays are pitching better. It isn’t helping. The Rays had their fourth straight quality start Monday night, but the Kansas City Royals blew the game open with a four-run eighth inning in a 6-2 victory. The Rays lost their eighth game in their last 10 and fell to five games below .500 for the first time this season. The Rays are in the cellar in the American League East. Matt Andriese went seven innings, the fourth straight…

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