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Rays’ reliever Brad Boxberger injured again in loss to Royals

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Brad Boxberger was back. And then he was gone again.

For Boxberger, the comeback lasted 16 pitches. He retired two batters. He gave up a home run and a single.

And that was it.

Boxberger, the reliever of the Tampa Bay Rays,  strained something in his left side Tuesday night, adding even more of a pall in a 10-5 loss to the Kansas City Royals. The Royals had 18 hits in the game, including at least one by 10 position players. Lorenzo Cain and Kendrys Morales each hit two run homers.

The Rays also hit the ball well. They had 13 hits, including three each by Evan Longoria, Brad Miller and Steven Souza. Logan Morrison and Corey Dickerson had two hits each. But the Rays were three-for-17 with runners in scoring position.

“We couldn’t find that big hit,” said Rays’ manager Kevin Cash.

The Rays’ Drew Smyly threw only four innings, giving up eight earned runs. He got 12 outs but gave up 12 hits.

Tampa Bay has now lost nine out of eleven games and fell six games below .500. They start Chris Archer today in an effort to avoid a sweep.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit garysheltonsports@gmail.com.

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