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Angels drub Tampa Bay Rays after Steven Souza benched for not hustling

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It was a big enough gaffe for Tampa Bay’s Steven Souza to be pulled from the game. It was not big enough, evidently, for manager Kevin Cash to talk about after a 13-3 loss to the Los Angeles Angels. Cash pulled Souza from the game in the fourth inning, just after Souza had tripled and scored. Souza had been slow to get out of the batter’s box. “You know what, there are issues that happen in a team that we address…

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Has Tampa Bay’s Matt Moore made himself too valuable to trade away?

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For a while, Matt Moore was pitching well enough for another team to be interested in him. These days, Moore is pitching well enough to stay. Despite trade rumors, Moore pitched well again Monday, allowing the Tampa Bay Rays to win 4-2 over the Los Angeles Angels, 4-2. It was the sixth straight game Moore had pitched six innings or more. It evened his record at 5-5 and was the first time he has won back to back games (with…

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Home runs lead the Rays to a series sweep against Angels

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The Tampa Bay Rays have scored an inordinate amount of their runs via the long ball. On a day such as Sunday, who’s complaining? The Rays hit two more home runs against the Los Angeles Angels Sunday, powering their way to a 3-1 victory. It was the first series sweep of the season for the Rays, and it lifted them above .500 at 15-14 for the year. In all, it wasn’t a bad day for the Rays, who got the…

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Rays, Chris Archer, put it together in win against the Angels

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It wasn’t the best night for the Tampa Bay Rays not to be televised. Playing in Los Angeles against the Angels, late in the evening following the Lightning’s playoff victory, the Rays were blacked out in their 5-2 victory over the Los Angeles Angels. Chris Archer pitched six shutout innings to bring his record to 2-4. Corey Dickerson hit a three-run homer in the first. And Brad Miller, the light-hitting shortstop, went four-for-five to up his average to .216. The…

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Rays deal outfielder David DeJesus in a cost-saving move at deadline

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Hold the Gatorade. Half of the Splash Brothers are gone. Outfielder David DeJesus, rumored to be traded since spring training, was finally dealt by the Tampa Bay Rays Tuesday night. Days before the deadline, he was dealt to Anaheim for minor league pitcher Eduar Lopez in a cost-saving move that may open the door for the return of Grady Sizemore. DeJesus was eating in the clubhouse when coach Tim Foley approached the table. He thought “Uh-oh. Me gone.” DeJesus swore he…

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Rays look for help by trading for Angels’ Marc Krauss

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After being shut out twice in four days, the Tampa Bay Rays were looking for help. At this point, even a guy hitting .143 will do. The Rays aquired left-handed-hitting first baseman Marc Krauss from the Los Angels Angels of Anaheim Wednesday for minor league right-handed pitcher Kyle Winker. The Rays optioned Nick Frankin to Durham to make room for him. Krauss, 27, spent parts of three seasons with the Angels and Astros, hitting .194. He has played first baseball,…

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Angels beat up Rays’ bullpen before the reshuffling

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This time, the bullpen could not close the door. And, this time, the Tampa Bay Rays went down hard. One night after being shut down by the Rays’ relief pitchers, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim erupted for a 6-2 victory Thursday night. The Angels scored three in the seventh, highlighted by Mike Trout’s run-scoring double, and two in the ninth on a home run by Albert Pujols, to take the deciding game of the series. The homer by Pujols…

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