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5 Rays pitchers combine to shut out Blue Jays

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The Tampa Bay Rays were saved by a replay reversal, plus a pair of reversals by star center fielder Kevin Kiermaier. Alex Cobb and four relievers combined on a six-hitter and Kiermaier made two spectacular catches Thursday as the Rays beat the Toronto Blue Jays 2-0. Both of Kiermaier's plays came in the fifth inning. The two-time Gold Glover made an all-out sprint to catch Steve Pearce's drive with two runners on base, tumbling onto the warning track in right-center.…

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Tim Beckham homers twice; Rays beat Marlins 5-1

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Tim Beckham homered twice in a game for the second time in eight days, driving in four runs to lead the Tampa Bay Rays over the Miami Marlins 5-1 on Thursday night. Matt Andriese (2-1) scattered five hits, walked three and struck out eight over seven innings to match his longest outing this season. Dee Gordon hit a run-scoring single off Chih-Wei Hu in the ninth before Alex Colome got the final out for his eighth save. The Rays won…

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Marlins deal the first of many this weekend

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The Miami Marlins got the final weekend of non-waiver trading underway on Friday. In desperate need of starting pitching for a run at the playoffs, Miami landed starting pitchers Andrew Cashner and Colin Rea from the San Diego Padres just two days before the trade deadline. Miami made the deal without giving up any of its core lineup, but gave up pitchers Jarred Cosart and Carter Capps and two minor league players. The Marlins are hoping the two can join…

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Surprising Marlins seek reinforcements for stretch run

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As the trading deadline nears, Florida’s other major league team may become a buyer instead of a seller. The Florida Marlins are in the somewhat surprising position of qualifying for the post season. Who would have thought Miami would be ahead of the New York Mets? The Mets, with its strong-armed starting pitching staff was expected to follow up last year’s World Series appearance with another strong run. It has not worked out that way. Injuries to team leader David…

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