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Corey Dickerson’s late homer leads Rays over Indians

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Corey Dickerson finally delivered a big hit for the Tampa Bay Rays with men on base. Dickerson’s broke out of an 0-for-21 slump with a three-run homer in the eighth inning that carried the Rays to a 4-1 win over the Cleveland Indians on Thursday night. Tampa Bay had scored only four runs in its previous five games.

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Rays fans happy for Chris Archer, but his All-Star selection is puzzling

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The Tampa Bay Rays hoped they would have a second American League All-Star by Friday. As it turns out, Corey Dickerson will have one of his teammates with him Tuesday night in Miami, but not the one they might have expected. Logan Morrison came up short in the All-Star Final Vote, with Kansas City’s Mike Moustakas winning that spot. On Friday, MLB announced Chris Archer will be added to the pitching staff. Naming him to the team was the easy…

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Corey Dickerson named AL All-Star starter; Logan Morrison in Final Vote

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Tampa Bay Rays designated hitter Corey Dickerson has been voted into the American League starting lineup for this year’s All-Star Game. He will join baseball’s best in Miami on July 11. Dickerson trailed Seattle’s Nelson Cruz since balloting began a month ago, but came on strong to take a 60,000-vote lead when Major League Baseball announced the final update this week. Balloting closed on Thursday night, and the entire team was announced Sunday. Dickerson is having the best season of…

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Corey Dickerson lone Rays’ bright spot in All-Star balloting

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Corey Dickerson is having a monster season worthy of an all-star. Whether he is invited to make the short trip to Miami as part of the American League All-Star team is yet to be determined. In the first round of American League All-Star balloting released Wednesday, Dickerson is fourth among designated hitters. No other Rays player is among the top 5 in any position. Seattle’s Nelson Cruz leads designated hitters by a wide margin over second place Edwin Encarnacion of…

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Corey Dickerson, Alex Cobb power Rays to win over Indians

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For the first time in a year, the Tampa Bay Rays didn’t get run over on the road. Corey Dickerson hit a three-run homer — his third homer in two days — and Alex Cobb controlled Cleveland over seven inning as Tampa Bay busted out the bats in a 7-4 win over the Indians on Wednesday to complete the Rays’ most successful trip since last May. Dickerson connected in the second inning off Josh Tomlin (2-5) and Logan Morrison hit…

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Rays hit 5 homers in 6-4 win over Indians

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The Tampa Bay Rays went to the home run ball in Tuesday night’s 6-4 victory over the Cleveland Indians. Corey Dickerson hit two of Tampa Bay’s season-high five homers, including a 449-foot blast that landed in the trees beyond the center field wall in the fifth. “It was one of my top ones, to be able to hit it clean like that and to know it’s gone,” he said. “The ones to dead center always feel good. I thought it…

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With help from above, Cubs finally win a title

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The fleeting storm along Lake Erie couldn’t have come at a better time for the Chicago Cubs. It was as if the gods finally cut this snake-bit franchise a long overdue break. One hundred and eight years overdue. Shell-shocked after blowing a three-run lead with four outs to go in Game 7 of the World Series, the Cubs looked more like deer staring into headlights as they headed to extra innings against the Cleveland Indians. A series of head-scratching moves…

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