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Rays blow 9th inning lead, win in 10th

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David Freese misplayed a groundball at third base, allowing Steven Souza Jr. to score in the 10th inning and giving the Tampa Bay Rays a 4-2 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday night. With Souza at first base and no outs, Wilson Ramos hit a hard grounder off Felipe Rivero (3-2) that Freese missed while trying to backhand. Adeiny Hechavarria added a sacrifice fly in the inning, giving him two RBIs in his first game since being traded from…

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Kevin Cash, other managers apprehensive about WBC

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Major League Baseball managers and front offices are less than thrilled with the semi-annual World Baseball Classic (WBC), but they understand the attempt to promote the game across the globe. The two problems major league teams confront is the disruption of spring training and injuries. The disruption can last for a few days or for two weeks, depending on how long a player’s team lasts in the tournament. The WBC begins Monday in certain venues around the world. First round…

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Play ball! 3 games on opening day, with Royals-Mets rematch

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Andrew McCutchen vs. Adam Wainwright in the first inning, Josh Donaldson and the bangin’ Toronto Blue Jays teeing off later, then a World Series rematch in Kansas City. Neat way to begin opening day. The forecast at PNC Park calls for temperatures in the upper 30s on Sunday afternoon when McCutchen and the Pittsburgh Pirates host the first game of the 2016 season, facing the St. Louis Cardinals. No worries, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. They played an exhibition game…

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