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Punchless offense leads Rays to yet another defeat against Los Angeles Angels

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The longer the Tampa Bay Rays hang around, the more likely it is that something bad is going to happen to them. Take Thursday afternoon, for instance. Rookie Blake Snell threw five shutout innings and allowed only three hits, the same as the Los Angeles Angels’ Hector Santiago. But over the final four innings, the Angels pulled out a 5-1 victory with the last three runs coming off the bullpen. The Rays struck out 13 times and had only five hits. Snell fell to 1-4 on…

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Evan Longoria returns with home run to lead Rays’ victory

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Well, welcome back, Evan Longoria. And welcome back to the Tampa Bay Rays’ style of winning. Both of them were familiar sites Wednesday night as the Rays beat the Los Angeles Angels of Anahem, 4-2, at Tropicana Field. For Longoria, he started for the first time in four games and hit his sixth home run of the year to snap a tie in the third inning. But for the Rays, the key element was the pitching formula that has carried…

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