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Tampa Bay Rays outlast Toronto to capture a 10-8 comeback victory

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They won it. They lost it. Then they won it again. The Tampa Bay Rays won a wild one against the Toronto Blue Jays Friday night, winning 10-8 after losing a 6-2 lead. For the third time in five games, the Rays jumped on the opposing starter. Toronto’s Francisco Liriano lasted only one-third of an inning, giving up five earned runs and leaving with an ERA of 135.00. But the Blue Jays pecked away at the lead, and went ahead…

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Kendrys Morales’ grand slam leads Blue Jays over Rays, Blake Snell

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You can blame one swing of the bat. Or, if you look closer, you can blame the walks that came before it. Together, the two led to a four-run third inning that gave the Toronto Blue Jays to a 5-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays Thursday night. Blake Snell gave up a grand slam to Kendrys Morales in the third, but only after giving up two-out walks to Josh Donaldson and Jose Bautista. “Walks,” Snell said, shaking his head.…

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Lightning defeats Toronto to remain alive in playoff scramble

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Still, the Tampa Bay Lightning has a pulse. The Lightning, clinging to hope in the NHL Eastern Conference wild-card chase, beat the Toronto Maple Leafs Thursday night, 4-1. Toronto leads the Bolts and New York Islanders by three points. “It’s about just keeping it kind of in your hands,” Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. “You can’t sit here and look at what the Leafs are doing or what the Islanders are doing. You just look at what you’re doing. And…

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Rowdies clobber Toronto, 4-0, to stay unbeaten after two games

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Coach Stuart Campbell wants to make his stadium “a fortress.” Star player Joe Cole wants more than that. He wants an entire city behind the Tampa Bay Rowdies. It’s hard to blame the Rowdies for being ambitious after team walloped Toronto FC II Saturday night. The Rowdies won 4-0, scoring three times in the first half to remove any doubt as to the night’s outcome. The Rowdies drew 4,326 fans. “We were happy with the result and the performance from…

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Five things to watch for at the Tampa Bay Rowdies-Toronto soccer match

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Five things to ponder about Saturday night’s game between the Tampa Bay Rowdies and Toronto FC II: 1. Mirror images. Both teams won their opening games 1-0. The Rowdies beat Orlando City B, while Toronto beat Phoenix Rising. In a way, then, this early-season battle of the unbeatens could be the start of competition in the USL’s Eastern Division. 2. The finish: For the Rowdies, one of the oldest problems that continues to nag is the ability to finish its…

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Lightning clobbered by Toronto in its race toward the NHL playoffs

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Think of the ice at Amalie Arena as a giant windshield. Now think of the Tampa Bay Lightning as a bug. Splat. Got it? The Lightning, playing so well as of late, were clobbered at home in Thursday night’s game, losing 5-0 to the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Bolts, who had just passed the Leafs in the standings, now are playing chance once again. Lightning coach Jon Cooper said it was his team’s defense, which had been good lately, that…

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Tampa Bay Bolts also barter Brian Boyle as trades continue

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The Tampa Bay Lightning has traded away another fan favorite. The Bolts sent Brian Boyle to the Toronto Maple Leafs Monday afternoon for forward Byron Froese and a conditional second-round draft pick. The Lightning will get the higher of Toronto’s second-round picks. Froese, 25, has appeared in two games with the Maple Leafs this season, posting two shots on goal. The 6-foot, 205-pound forward has skated in 58 career NHL games, all with Toronto over the past two seasons, collecting…

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