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Rays, Chris Archer, lose another game to Cleveland Indians

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Is it officially a slow start yet?

The Tampa Bay Rays are not hitting. Their starting pitchers are not winning. The defense is spotty. And the stars are not shining.

Chris Archer lost again to Cleveland, falling to 0-3 on the season. He is 0-6 in his last nine starts dating back to last August. For the third straight game, the Rays were one-hit for most of the outing before winding up with five hits but zero runs. The Rays’ starters fell to 0-6 on the season.

Archer gave up three runs, including a two-run homer to Marlon Byrd. Logan Morrison, now two-for-29 on the season, struck out three times and was booed. Morrison is one of four players hitting less than .200.

The Rays open a series with the Chicago White Sox tonight.

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

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