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Rays’ Kevin Keirmaier gunned down tying run to preserve Rays’ win

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Here’s a bad idea. The game is on the line, and you’re going to run on Kevin Kiermaier. Really? Kiermaier, second in the American League in throwing out opposing baserunners, did it again in the bottom of the ninth inning of Tampa Bay’s 5-4 victory over the Chicago White Sox. Kiermaier gunned down Alexei Ramirez, his short hop finding Curt Casali, who tagged over a somersaulting Rameriz. It was the 12th assist of the year for Kiermaier. If Ramirez had not…

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Rays’ Asdrubal Cabrera finally has a bat to match his glove

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Turns out, the Tampa Bay Rays had the Chicago White Sox right where they wanted them on Sunday afternoon. On the mound, Chris Sale was, well, sailing. He was shutting out the Rays, who had only one hit. He had struck out 11. He was in command. And the Rays? All they could offer was light-hitting shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera and his .203 average. What was there to fear? Well, there was this. Cabrera hit the ball out off the yard,…

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Rays’ Joey Butler making up for lost time at plate

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St. Petersburg He would be forgiven if he said he told them. You would understand if he said he always had a bat. You would nod if he said that the scouts who looked at him and determined that he was lacking were all wrong. Instead, Joey Butler just smiles. And keeps on swinging. He has spend an eternity in the minor leagues, playing on fields where no one watches, in games no one remembers, and for a long time,…

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