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Cleveland’s Carlos Carrasco controls Rays, beats Drew Smyly

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Once again, Carlos Carrasco had his way with the Tampa Bay Rays. Carrasco mastered the Rays, throwing eight innings of four-hit baseball to lead the Cleveland Indians past the Rays 4-1 on Wednesday night. Carrasco, who missed a no-hitter by one out last year, is 3-0 with a 1.48 ERA in four starts for the Indians against Tampa Bay. One night earlier, Corey Kluber had owned the Rays for most of the night before the team came back. This time,…

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Tampa Bay’s Drew Smyly shuts down Red Sox to go 3-1 in spring

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Drew Smyly capped off a good spring training Wednesday, throwing four shutout innings as the Rays moved to 12-11. Smyly struck out seven, walked one and allowed no hits in running his record to 3-1 with the victory. Mikie Mahtook hit a two-run homer and Brad Miller hit a solo shot and a double as the Rays built a 4-0 lead. Enny Romero gave up three runs in the seventh. Romero gave up three of the four hits allowed by…

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Minnesota bashes Tampa Bay Rays in spring training game

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For a day, Drew Smyly had little to smile about. Smyly gave up five earned runs in six innings of work Friday as the Tampa Bay Rays lost 6-2 to the Minnesota Twins. Minnesota’s Ervin Santana worked six innings and gave up only three hits, walking one. For Tampa Bay, outfielder Brandon Guyer had two hits, one of them a home run, to bolster his argument to make the team. Guyer is hitting .500 with five home runs. Minnesota’s Trevor…

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Rays’ Drew Smyly pitches well, but Rays’ bullpen loses game

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The Tampa Bay Rays let another one get away Tuesday afternoon. The Rays gave up four runs in the eighth inning and lost a 5-2 decision to Philadelphia Monday afternoon. It was the fourth loss in five games to a National League team. Rays’ starter Drew Smyly, however, was effective in his 4.2 innings, allowing only three hits and one run. Kevin Kiermaier hit a home run. “I’m feeling great right now,” Smyly said. “Confident, very comfortable. Just trying to…

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Rays get another strong starting job in a spring win over Orioles

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Starting pitching: check. Solid hitting performance: check. Big lead: check. The Tampa Bay Rays took a 9-1 lead, then coasted to a 10-6 victory over Baltimore on Saturday night. Drew Smyly pitched two innings and gave up no hits, the fourth straight impressive start for the Rays. Tampa Bay also had 17 hits, including three each by Kevin Kiermaier and Curt Casali. Baltimore fell to 0-6 on the spring.

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Rays’ Kiermaier adds another defensive gem in win

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Kevin Kiermaier isn’t going to let the baseball season end without offering a few more highlights. Kiermaier made another amazing catch in a season that has featured a greatest hits collection of them. On Wednesday night, Kiermaier started back on a drive hit by Derek Dietrich, turned and slammed into the fence as he caught the ball. Going into the game, Kiermaier had 37 defensive runs saved, 15 more than Toronto’s Kevin Pillar, who was second with 22. His Wins Above…

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Red Sox win, hold Rays to three hits in 13 innings

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The Tampa Bay Rays are moving in the wrong direction. Supposedly interested in the American League’s second wild-card berth, the Rays instead seem to be chasing last place in AL East. The Rays lost a 2-0 decision to the Boston Red Sox Sunday in 13 innings, their 11th consecutive extra inning defeat. The Rays, now within a game of Boston and the AL East cellar, managed only three hits in 13 innings against the Red Sox. Boston, on the other…

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