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It’s no surprise that the Tampa Bay Rays are struggling at the All-Star break

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The major league All-Star game will proceed without the Tampa Bay Rays. Without any arguments for their players, either. Oh, relief pitcher Alex Colome made it to the game with 19 saves this season. And Evan Longoria, hitting .289 with 19 homers, was eliminated in the voting for the final slot. Hey, you could even get a debate going in the name of second-baseman Logan Forsythe, who is hitting .285. But, really, after that, all arguments are closed.  No one…

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He’s up for the final roster slot, but does Evan Longoria fit in with AL All-Stars?

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He could pose in the team picture without blushing. Evan Longoria would fit in just fine, of course. He has a .278 average and 18 homers and 45 RBI. He has made three other all-star games. People would look at the other stars, and then at him, and no one would blink. But does Longoria deserve to be an all-star. He is not one yet. The Rays’ third baseman is one of five players trying to win the final spot…

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Rays’ relief pitcher Alex Colome an all-star; Evan Longoria in voting for final slot

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Turns out, the AL All-Stars may need some relief, too. The All-Stars turned to Rays’ closer Alex Colome Tuesday as the Rays’ selection to the game. Colome has 19 saves in 19 opportunities and a 1.76 ERA. “First of all, we’re very excited about Alex,” said Rays’ manager Kevin Cash. “I think that’s awesome. Very much earned for Alex, a guy that has come through the system and has really taken to his role. As far as for Evan, I think…

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Carl Crawford omitted as Fox picks Rays ‘Franchise 4’

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No Wade Boggs. No Fred McGriff. Especially, no Carl Crawford. When Fox-TV announced its “Franchise Four” list Tuesday night, they didn’t spend a lot of time looking through the history of the Tampa Bay Rays, or the Devil of the franchise that came before them. The best Rays of the Rays have come in the last decade, and Fox concentrated on those years. The picks: Former pitcher James Shields, former pitcher David Price, former second-baseman Ben Zobrist and current third…

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Are the Kansas City Royals really filled with All-Stars?

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When the stars come out, the constellation they will make will probably resemble…Kansas City? Forget, for a moment, that going into Monday night’s game, the Tampa Bay Rays have actually won more games than the Royals. Yet, if you look at the leaders for the American League all-stars, what you’re going to see is a whole lot of Kansas City. Currently, the Royals lead the voting in eight different positions, including second baseman Omar Infante, who is hitting a robust…

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