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Rays set to discover if they are contenders … or pretenders

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The Tampa Bay Rays begin the second half of the season on Friday when they kick off a six-game road trip in the Pacific Time Zone. They hope to continue their momentum after winning 6 of their last 9 games heading into the all-star break, including taking three of four from the Boston Red Sox.

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Oddsmakers don’t like the Tampa Bay Rays’ chances in the upcoming season

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You might have thought the Tampa Bay Rays were better than last place in the American League East. You might have thought they were better than next-to-last in the AL. You might want to place a bet. The oddsmakers at Bovada currently have the Rays listed at 66-1, down from 33-1 six weeks ago. Bovada ranks the Chicago Cubs at 6-1, tied with the San Francisco Giants as favorites to win the baseball championship this coming year. The Boston Red…

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Will Brad Boxberger finally get his big chance in Cincinnati?

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If Brad Boxberger is called upon to make a relief appearance during tomorrow night’s Major League Baseball All-Star Game in Cincinnati, he will achieve a number of goals. First and foremost, every young professional player dreams of playing in a World Series and the All-Star Game. In addition to those goals, Boxberger imagined himself taking the mound at Great American Ballpark as a Cincinnati Red. The Fullerton, Calif., native and former USC Trojan was a first-round pick of the Reds…

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NY Times: The magic deserts struggling Rays after a run to the World Series

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After conjuring some ninth-inning magic to defeat the Yankees on Saturday, the Rays are only one game over .500, and quite relieved that a 6-1 run got them there. They have fluttered in fourth place in the American League East every day for almost a month, and have not been higher than third since the first week of the season. Even the manager who could do no wrong one season ago, Joe Maddon, last month had a lineup-card goof cost…

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