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Alex Colome saves the day for the Tampa Bay Rays once again

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The job description is simple, really. Alex Colome is a Rescue Ranger. Colome, the Tampa Bay Rays’ closer, turned out the lights again Monday night, slamming the door on the Arizona Diamondbacks in a 6-4 victory. It was the 16th straight save for Colome, which tied the club record for consecutive saves to start a season (Rafael Soriano and Al Reyes). It was his fourth straight save, which has him fourth in the league. It was also the fourth save…

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Tampa Bay Rays are swept by Kansas City as team’s slide continues

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The slide continued for the Tampa Bay Rays Wednesday night in Kansas City. The Rays were swept by the Kansas City Royals, losing 6-3. It was the team’s 10th loss in their last 12 games. Chris Archer struggled again, giving up four runs in the first two innings. The Rays came back to within 4-3, but a pair of sacrifice flies closed it out for the Royals, who lead the American League Central. Tampa Bay, in last place in the…

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Rays Chris Archer feels like self again, but loses to Yankees on homers

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The results were bad once again. For Chris Archer, however, the performance was good. Archer of the Tampa Bay Rays lost for the sixth time in nine decisions Friday night, falling 4-1 to the New York Yankees. But he threw eight innings, his longest stint of the year, and allowed only one earned run. He gave up four hits and struck out seven. It was enough for manager Kevin Cash to suggest that Archer took a step forward in the…

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Rays’ Chris Archer struggles once again in lopsided loss to Detroit

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The mystery of Whatever Happened to Chris Archer continued Sunday afternoon. Archer, an all-star last year, gave up six runs in three innings and fell to 3-5 on the season. Archer gave up eight hits and six earned runs while collecting only nine outs. His ERA for the season is now 5.15. “It gets a little surprising at times because we know how good his stuff is,” said Rays’ manager Kevin Cash. “He’s in a stretch where things aren’t going…

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For the second straight night, Rays clobber the Blue Jays

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Who are these guys? And can anyone make sure they stay? The Tampa Bay Rays, for the second straight night, hit the ball the way the big teams do in a 12-2 win over the Toronto Blue Jays. This time, they scored 12 runs on 17 hits. The night before, they had scored 13 runs on 17 hits. It was quite the showing when you consider how the Rays struggled to hit, and score, earlier in the season. For instance: Those 34…

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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’ Chris Archer finds his form again in shutout over Orioles

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The hair. You recognized the hair, growing and twisting with all the life of his pitch selection. The striped stirrups. You recognized those, too. But most of all, you recognized the performance of Chris Archer, last year’s all-star, this year’s also-ran, as he shut down the Baltimore Orioles Monday night. Archer was terrific, throwing a three-hit shutout with 10 strikeouts in the win over the Orioles. In particular, it was his change-up that led the way for the Rays (9-10).…

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