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The Camden Effect: At 25, ballpark’s legacy is large in MLB

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A quarter-century later, Larry Lucchino can be self-deprecating about a vision that ushered in a new era of ballpark construction. “I tell everyone I’ve had one good, original idea in my 38 years in baseball,” said Lucchino, whose career as an executive has included stints with Baltimore, San Diego and Boston. “It was to build a traditional, old-fashioned ballpark with modern amenities, intimacy and irregularity.” It sounds so simple the way Lucchino describes it, and he insists the Orioles weren’t…

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A-Rod cost Yankees $317 million for 1 World Series title

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By the time Alex Rodriguez collects his last payment as a player from the Yankees next year, he will have received $317,368,852 from New York, according to a review of his contracts by The Associated Press. Luxury tax caused by his deal totaled an additional $132 million through this year, although the Yankees could have spent more money on other players had A-Rod not been on the roster. Was it worth it, given that the Yankees have won one World…

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Rays ready to try it again as baseball’s second half gets under way

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You know how some teams hate to see the season stop because things are going so well. This pitcher is hot; that hitter is on a streak? Well, this isn’t like that. You know how some teams can’t wait for the season’s second half of the season to start so they can take up where they left off? So they pack the house with fans eager to see their energy and their passion. This isn’t like that, either. Instead, the…

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Year in Review: This season, the Rays hope to avoid their late-season fate

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For much of the season, the Tampa Bay Rays were concerned with building a new home. Perhaps they should have been worried about how to get home instead. In their first season under Kevin Cash, the Rays were 14th in a 15-league American League as far as scoring runs in last year’s 80-82 season. And while injuries to the pitching staff were a main factor, the team’s offense, as always, turned out to be insufficient. The Rays were seventh in the…

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Kevin Kiermaier’s home run lifts the Rays in the 10th

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The Tampa Bay Rays have experienced a lot of triumph and a lot of heartache over the years. Wednesday night, they experienced both. There was the thrill of the evening, a 10th-inning home run by Kevin Kiermaier that led to a series-winning victory, 6-5 over the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. There was the agony of letting one slip away, as Brad Boxberger finally blew a save opportunity. There was the energy of a comeback from a 4-0 defeat. In…

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Despite injuries, Rays hold onto first in AL East

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There are days, when the bullpen is dazzling and the defense is on, when you look at them and nod. Those are the days of great declarations. Those are the days you look at the Tampa Bay Rays and nod. On such days, you think. “This! This is a first-place team!” Then are days such as Sunday, when hitting is cold and the pitching is frayed, when you look at them and shrug. Those are the days of great exasperation.…

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Gary Shelton: Little guys provide the spark as Rays come back against Sox

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Sometimes, it is the bugle-sounder who leads the charge. Sometimes, it is the guy you least suspect. Brandon Guyer? Jake Elmore? Steve Geltz? Just between you and me: Who? It was the faceless ones, the support players, who were the ringleaders as the Tampa Bay Rays broke a small losing streak Wednesday night, beating the Boston Red Sox 7-5 and proving that a team has to rely on all available parts to get to the finish line. Those were the…

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