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Of all the Rays, who picked J.P. Arencibia to be a star?

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On a night like this, when the stars align and the Rays play as if they are one of the best baseball teams in the American League, you can pick your stars. Do you want J.P. Arencibia, the kid from nowhere, fresh up from the minor leagues? Arencibia, a career .207 hitter, drove in six runs on a three-for-four night. Or do you want pitcher Drew Smyly, the guy coming back from injury, who struck out 10 and allowed only…

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Rays’ Brad Boxberger struggles in 9th, but manages his 30th save

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For Brad Boxberger, one hand was enough. Finally. Boxberger, the Tampa Bay Rays’ closer who has fallen on hard times lately, garnered his 30th save with a little difficulty Friday night. He gave up a run, a wild pitch and three hits, and he had the tying and winning runs in scoring position with one out. Still, he had a strikeout and a flyout to work his way out of trouble in a 2-1 victory over Oakland. For Boxberger, who…

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Rangers sweep Rays as Drew Smyly struggles in his return

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The Tampa Bay Rays are in a quandry with their starting rotation. Do they slow down to allow their starters to catch up, or do they press toward the playoffs? Increasingly, that seems to be the choice for the Rays, who grew weary of waiting for Matt Moore earlier and now might face a similar decision with Drew Smyly, who doesn’t appear to be what they were when they were injured. Smyly started Sunday for the first time in 102…

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Rays hope to get pitcher Drew Smyly back in the rotation soon

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For the Tampa Bay Rays, there are more reasons to keep smiling. Not only is the team on a winning streak and an offensive resurgence, one of their pitchers might return. Drew Smyly, out for most of the season with a torn labrum, could come back Sunday. Smyly, one of the better pieces the Rays received in last summer’s David Price trade, had a 2.70 ERA in three starts this year. In all, he has a 1.96 since coming over…

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Did Tigers get more for David Price than Rays did?

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This year, he was worth a high-ranking pitching prospect. Last year, he was worth a high-ranking pitching prospect. This year, he was the throw in price of a couple of minor league pitchers. Last year, he was worth the throw-in of a light-hitting infielder. So here’s a question: Did the Tigers get more for dealing David Price to the Blue Jays that the Tampa Bay Rays did for dealing him to the Tigers? One year later, it seems comparable. The…

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Rays get a little healthier, and the results show it

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Suddenly, the Tampa Bay Rays are starting to look the way they are supposed to look. Again. Suddenly, they are starting to play to way they are supposed to play. Again. Why, it’s April, and just like that, the Rays are starting to look like the Rays. Again. Slowly, steadily, things are starting to look up for the Rays, who won 12-3 over the Toronto Blue Jays. Injured players are coming back, and the hitting is coming around, and the…

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