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Infielders take to the mound as Rays are clobbered

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Some race in the American League East, isn’t it?

The first-place Tampa Bay Rays lost 16-4 on Tuesday night. The second place New York Yankees lost 12-2. For both teams, it was a struggle on the mound.

How bad was it. It was so bad that the Washington National’s Wilson Ramos hit a home run off first baseman Jake Elmore. Then he hit a home run off second baseman Nick Franklin. It is easy to guess he wanted a crack at the third baseman next.

 In all, the Nationals hammered out 23 hits and scored 16 runs in an easy victory over the Tampa Bay Rays Tuesday night. Washington scored six runs in the second, four in the fifth, three in the seventh and two in the ninth in the easy win. Eight different players had as many two hits for Washington, including five by Danny Espinosa.

So who had the better stuff? Elmore or Franklin.

“Ask Ramos,” said manager Kevin Cash.

Rene Rivera made the score a tad closer with a three-run homer in the ninth. Tampa Bay starter Alex Colome struggled, throwing 43 pitches in the second inning.

The teams play again tonight, with the games moving to Washington. For Tampa Bay, Mike Andriese will oppose Jordan Zimmerman.

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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