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For the second straight night, Rays clobber the Blue Jays

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Who are these guys?

And can anyone make sure they stay?

The Tampa Bay Rays, for the second straight night, hit the ball the way the big teams do in a 12-2 win over the Toronto Blue Jays. This time, they scored 12 runs on 17 hits. The night before, they had scored 13 runs on 17 hits. It was quite the showing when you consider how the Rays struggled to hit, and score, earlier in the season.

For instance: Those 34 hits the team has collected over the last two nights? They had 32 in their first home stand of the season against Toronto. They had 30 in a six-game stretch from Game Five to Game 10.

Eight players had hits for the Rays, including three by Brad Miller and Kevin KiermaierLogan Morrison also had two hits, including his first two RBIs of the season. Evan LongoriaSteve Pearce and Corey Dickerson all had two.

Chris Archer (3-4) gave up two runs in a rough first, but he threw five shutout innings afterward. Marcus Stroman lost his first of the year for Toronto. The previous night, the Rays had beaten undefeated pitcher A.J. Happ.

The Rays came within one game of .500 at 18-19. The Rays go for the sweep tonight with Jake Odorizzi pitching against R.A. Dickey.

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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