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Rays can’t ruffle Indians rookie Cody Anderson in loss

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Someone warn Cody Anderson.

Eventually, major league hitters will be tougher than the Tampa Bay Rays‘ lineup.

The Rays struggled offensively again Monday night, again being shut down by Cleveland Indians’ 24-year-old rookie Anderson, who firted with a perfect game into the seventh. In all, Tampa Bay wound up with only three hits — only two off Anderson — in the defeat.

The Rays have been shut out twice during the streak, and scored Monday night only when Grady Sizemore hit a home run. Aside from that, it was a sloppy night for Tampa Bay, one where catcher Rene Rivera dropped a popup transferring the ball to his throwing hand, and one in which pitcher Ronald Belisario threw a ball to the backstop while trying to intentionally walk a batter. Rivera was also doubled off second base in the ninth inning on a line drive.

“Our offense will get out of this funk,” said manager Kevin Cash.

For the Rays, Nathan Karns admittedly did not have his best stuff, but he still left the game trailing only 3-1.

The Rays’ pitching did get some good news. Matt Moore will return to the rotation for Thursday afternoon’s game, and Jake Odorizzi will return the following Wednesday.

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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