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Tampa Bay bats quiet again as Rays offer little support to Chris Archer

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James Shields had days like this. David Price went through a few, too. And now, Chris Archer. This is what being an ace pitcher for the Tampa Bay Rays is all about. It is making one mistake, and having it beat you. It is watching zeroes go up when your team is at bat. It is a losing streak with little support. This time, it was 4-0, Toronto Blue Jays. Archer failed to win his 10th game for the fourth…

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As second half starts, can the Rays catch New York in AL East?

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The starting pitching has been shredded by injury. The hitting has been held ineffective by a lack of ability. They have shown the questionable talent of going into a prolonged slump. The general manager is new. The manager is new. Most of the players just got here. Ask yourself then: As the Tampa Bay Rays prepare to begin the second half of their schedule, do they have what it takes to catch the New York Yankees? Here at the break,…

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Rays’ Chris Archer pitches, gives up solo home run in All-Star game

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Chris Archer of the Tampa Bay Rays was part of the American League’s winning effort in Tuesday night’s All-Star game. Archer pitched an inning and a third and gave up a home run to Pittsburgh’s Andrew McCutcheon. He struck out one. There had been hope among the Rays that Archer would get the start, but he was the fourth pitcher used by the American League, coming after old teammate David Price and before Wade Davis, another ex-teammate, who got the…

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Rays’ Chris Archer not named as AL All-Star Starter

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After seeing him up close, Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost evidently wasn’t sufficiently impressed with Tampa Bay Rays ace Chris Archer. At least he wasn’t impressed enough to name as the starter for the upcoming All-Star game. Instead, Yost named Dallas Keuchel of the Houston Astros as his starter on Monday. Keuchel is 11-4 on the season with a 2.23 ERA. Archer had a chance to debut, starting last week against Yost’s team. But Archer had one of his worst starts,…

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Even Chris Archer can’t stop the Rays’ downward spiral

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Et tu, Ace? All of the things that have gone wrong for the Tampa Bay Rays in their recent slide culminated in this. Chris Archer, in his audition to be the all-star starter, bombed. In six innings Wednesday night, he gave up 12 hits and nine – count them, nine – earned runs in a 9-7 loss to the Kansas City Royals. Archer had given up only four runs total in his previous seven road starts. The Rays are now…

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AL All-Stars include Chris Archer, Brad Boxberger

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The Tampa Bay Rays didn’t have any everyday players named to the American League All-Star game, but they could have something to say about who starts and who finishes it. The Rays had two pitchers named to the All-Star game Monday, one who was thought to be a sure thing and the other who said he felt “shock” that he was named. Starter Chris Archer (9-5) and reliever Brad Boxberger (20 saves) were named to the team Monday. It has…

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Rays blow two big leads as their losing streak continues

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Even when the Tampa Bay Rays hit these days, they lose. The Rays blew two big leads (one of three runs in regulation and one of two  in extra innings) Friday night to lose their sixth game, this one 7-5 to the New York Yankees, which undid a lot of deficit with home run balls. The Rays have now lost eight of their last 10 games. A three-run homer by Mark Teixeira in the eighth and another by Brian McCann…

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