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Rays’ losing streak approaching the level of historic futility

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In 2002, the Rays lost more games in a row than the current team. They ended up losing 106 games. In 2004, the Rays lost more games in a row. They ended up losing 91. Now, with 11 straight losses, you have to wonder just how bad these Rays will finish. The Tampa Bay Rays’ losing streak has taken on historic proportions. The Rays fell 13 ½ games off the AL East lead Sunday, being swept for the first time…

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Marlins blast Tampa Bay Rays in final game of Citrus Series

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This time, the Tampa Bay Rays were the bug. The Miami Marlins were the windshield. The Rays were clobbered by the Marlins Sunday after, losing 9-1 in their most lopsided defeat of the year. It was Tampa Bay’s fifth loss in six games, a stretch I which they’ve beeen outscored 37-22. The Rays were 20-19 at one point, but they have fallen to 21-24. “We just got outplayed today,” said manager Kevin Cash. “We got outpitched. We got outhit. They…

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Rays lose Kevin Kiermaier to broken hand against Tigers

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The hand that brought a gold glove and a platinum glove to Kevin Kiermaier will spend the next few weeks in a cast. Kiermaier, the Tampa Bay Rays’ star center fielder, broke two metacarpal bones in his left (glove) hand Sunday. For the Rays, it was a deeper loss than the 5-4 game to the Detroit Tigers. Kiermaier is among the most popular players, a high-energy, defensively gifted outfielders. He broke the hand while diving on a shallow fly ball…

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Rays hit three more homers, but score too few against Mariners

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The Tampa Bay Rays keep hitting the ball a long way. They also keep having very little to show for it. Take Tuesday night, when Tampa Bay got three home runs in its game against Seattle … which accounted for three runs. The Mariners, on the other hand, hit two out and scored five runs off it in a 6-4 victory. It’s been that way all year. The Rays came into the game hitting .225, their worst to this point of the season by…

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Rays strand eight more runners in loss to Toronto Blue Jays

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The Tampa Bay Rays have been stranded. Pretty much, that sums up the team’s 6-1 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays Friday night.  The Rays drove in only one of nine runners in scoring position, and they’ve driven in only one of 26 on the homestand. “We’re going to get going offensively. We just didn’t,” manager Kevin Cash said. “Hopefully, we’ll turn it around. We know we’re better than what we’ve done the last couple of nights offensively. The guys…

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Tampa Bay offense explodes in big victory over the Yankees

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This time, it was the Tampa Bay Rays who turned into the Bronx Bombers. The Rays salvaged one game of their three-game set with the New York Yankees, powering five home runs to pace an 8-1 victory over the Yankees. The Rays scored five times with two out in the top of the first on two homers, three doubles and a single. Steven Souza Jr., on his 27th birthday, hit two home runs to lead the way. Corey Dickerson, Steve…

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Rays go 10 innings to beat Red Sox on Kevin Kiermaier homer

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Drew Smyly of the Tampa Bay Rays had plenty to be smiling about on Tuesday night. Smyly pitched eight innings of one-hit baseball, shutting down the Boston Red Sox in a 3-0 win in 10 innings. Smyly had trouble in the third, giving up two walks and his only single to Jackie Bradley Jr. But the Rays got out of it with a force-out to home and a double play, keeping the shutout going. The Rays had only three hits themselves…

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