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Rays start the second half the same as the first, by losing another game

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Yeah, they’re still the Tampa Bay Rays. The Rays resumed their season Friday night, and they resumed their dismal play. This time, the Rays lost 4-3 to the Baltimore Orioles, their 18th straight loss to a first-place team. John Schoop’s eighth-inning home run broke a 3-3 tie to lead to the loss. For the Rays, it was the 23rd loss in 26 games, and it lowered the team’s record to 34-55 on the season. Tampa Bay had a 3-1 lead…

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Tampa Bay Rays lose yet again to Tigers despite solid start by Chris Archer

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Even when they get unusually good starting pitching, the day ends in the usual disappointment for the Tampa Bay Rays. Despite getting one of Chris Archer’s finest starts – 5 2/3 of three-hit, shutout baseball – the Rays’ bullpen faltered again in a 5-1 loss to the Detroit Tigers. It concluded the first half of the season at 33-48. The Rays have won only two of their last 18 games. Tampa Bay has given up at least five runs in…

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Rays return to their losing ways as Chris Archer falls to Boston Red Sox

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Well, that didn’t last very long. The Tampa Bay Rays, who snapped an 11-game losing streak Monday night, were right back at it on Tuesday. This time, they lost an 8-2 game to the Boston Red Sox, giving them 12 losses in 13 games. During that streak, the Rays’ pitching has given up 87 runs, or 6.7 per game. In particular, the bullpen has been awful. The Rays bullpen has a major-league-worst 9.00 ERA (36 earned runs in 36 innings…

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What can the Tampa Bay Rays do about pitcher Chris Archer’s struggles?

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They gave Drew Smyly a day off. They sent Matt Andriese to the bullpen. They sent Dana Eveland to the minors. Ah, but what should the Tampa Bay Rays do with Chris Archer? Archer, an all-star a year ago, continued his terrible start to his season, and to his games, in a 6-1 loss the Cleveland Wednesday night. It was the Rays’ seventh straight loss, the longest of the season, and it left them eight games under .500. Archer’s horrible…

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Rays’ Chris Archer falls to 4-9 as Giants triumph on Pride Night

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As a gesture, it was a fine one. As a healing moment, it worked. As a celebration, it made sense. But as a baseball game, there was not much for the Tampa Bay Rays to take pride in Friday night. The Rays were clobbered, 5-1, by the San Francisco Giants and Jeff Samardzija. Offensively? The Rays managed only four hits, and they scored when Samardzija was one strike away from a shutout. Pitching? Chris Archer gave up two more first-inning…

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Rays’ Chris Archer, Good Sports, donate equipment to Little League

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Off the mound, he’s undefeated. Tampa Bay Rays’ pitcher Chris Archer continues to be one of sports’ good guys. Archer teamed with national nonprofit Good Sports Thursday to provide the Northwst Little League in Tampa with $11,000 worth of new baseball equipment for the season. The donation includes, bats, catchers’ equipment, batting helmets and training equipment for baseball and softball teams. The donation is part of a partnership between the Rays and Good Sports in support of local youth in…

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Astros hand Tampa Bay’s Chris Archer his eighth loss of the season

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Chris Archer was good. But not good enough. Steve Pearce had three hits. But the rest of the team had only three. The Tampa Bay Rays made a run at the end. But they fell short. And so it went for the Rays Saturday night. They fell, 4-3, to the Houston Astros in a game that wasn’t quite good enough. Tampa Bay fell to four games under .500 with the loss. “He was outstanding,” Rays’ manager Kevin Cash said. “He…

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