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Tampa Bay’s Chris Archer struggles again in loss to Red Sox

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The problem isn’t physical, the Tampa Bay Rays say. The problem isn’t mechanical. For Chris Archer, the problem is that opposing batters keep mashing his pitches into the outfield. Archer fell to 0-4 on the season Wednesday night against the Boston Red Sox, giving up three runs in the first and five in the first two innings in a 7-3 defeat. He threw only 4 2/3 innings but gave up eight hits, six earned runs and three walks. He faced…

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Rays, Chris Archer, lose another game to Cleveland Indians

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Is it officially a slow start yet? The Tampa Bay Rays are not hitting. Their starting pitchers are not winning. The defense is spotty. And the stars are not shining. Chris Archer lost again to Cleveland, falling to 0-3 on the season. He is 0-6 in his last nine starts dating back to last August. For the third straight game, the Rays were one-hit for most of the outing before winding up with five hits but zero runs. The Rays’…

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Rays’ Chris Archer gives up four home runs in loss to Orioles

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If he’s going to continue to be thought of as the team’s ace,  Chris Archer of the Tampa Bay Rays has some work to do. Archer lost his second game of the year, giving up four home runs to the Baltimore Orioles in a game the Rays lost 6-1. Going back to last season, Archer has not won in eight starts. Over that stretch, Archer is 0-5 with an ERA above 6.00 during that stretch. The Rays are 2-6 in those…

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Jays start off fast, Marcus Stroman starts off strong against Rays

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For starters, this was no way for the Tampa Bay Rays to behave. For starters, this was all about the Toronto Blue Jays, a team a lot of people are picking to win the American League East. The Jays hit every proper button early and got off to a quick lead over the Rays and then coasted to a 5-3 victory. How is this for a start? The Jays scored two runs before the Rays ever came to bat. Pitcher…

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Rays announce sellout for their opening game against Jays

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For a day, Tropicana Field will be the place to be. For the 11th straight season, the Trop will sell out on opening day, a statistic in sharp contrast to one of the worst-attended teams in Major League Baseball. It is the fourth earliest the team has announced a sellout. Last year, the Tampa Bay Rays drew 31,042, one of two games (out of 82) the team has sold out. Chris Archer will pitch for the Rays.

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Chris Archer gets work after Rays-Orioles game is rained out

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And some days it rains. The Tampa Bay Rays were off to a good start Saturday. Starting pitcher Chris Archer had retired the first two batters of the Baltimore Orioles. And then it rained. Archer spent the rest of the day under cover, simulating a game by throwing to Curt Casali with Steven Souzi standing in as the hitter. Archer felt good about Saturday’s results. “The effort and the intensity was the exact same,” Archer said. “And I made sure…

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Rays’ Chris Archer not aggressive enough in 2nd defeat

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If Chris Archer is preparing for a lack of support, he’s in midseason form already. Archer’s spring training record fell to 0-2 Monday after a 5-0 loss to the Atlanta Braves. Archer gave up only two runs, and one of those was unearned, in absorbing the loss. “The past two games I’ve started a little slow in the first inning,” Archer said. “I think I’ve been a little too passive. I’m not a passive pitcher. I have to be extremely…

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