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A’s Danny Valencia cranks three homers to beat Rays

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There are nights you blown out. There are nights that slip away on a late error. They are nights when an umpire’s call goes the wrong way or a ball bounces strangely or a fly ball is lost in the sun. Then there are days such as Sunday, when the Tampa Bay Rays lost an especially painful game to the Oakland A’s. Danny Valencia hit three home runs to lead the A’s to a 7-6 comeback win over the Rays,…

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Rays’ Matt Andriese throws a gem at Oakland to even series

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You might have expected a pitching performance like this from the Tampa Bay Rays all along. You might have expected the stuff. You might have expected the two-hitter. You might have expected the shutout. But would you ever expect it from Matt Andriese? Andriese was masterful Saturday now, throwing a two-hit shutout against the Oakland A’s. Only Matt McBride and Danny Valencia got singles against Andriese, who struck out five. It was the first career shutout for Andriese and an…

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Tampa Bay Rays lose first of homestand against homer-happy Oakland

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The Tampa Bay Rays got to come home Friday night. Unfortunately, their baserunners didn’t get to. The Rays dropped the first game of a three-game homestand to the Oakland A’s, 6-3. Oakland hit four home runs in the game, which lowered the Rays’ record to 15-18. Oakland scored four times before the Rays ever came to bat, most of them scoring on a home run by Danny Valencia,who hit two out. They were his second and third homers of the…

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Rays’ Steve Geltz suffers nightmare seventh inning in loss to Oakland

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The trip out of Oakland was long and monotonous. On the other hand, so was the seventh inning for the Tampa Bay Rays. The Rays had one of their ugliest innings in years Sunday afternoon, giving up seven runs to the heretofore dormant Oakland A’s in an 8-2 loss. The defeat prevented the Rays from a sweep of the series and of returning home with a 5-5 record in the 10-game road swing. Tampa Bay led 2-1 going into the…

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Rays’ Brad Boxberger struggles in 9th, but manages his 30th save

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For Brad Boxberger, one hand was enough. Finally. Boxberger, the Tampa Bay Rays’ closer who has fallen on hard times lately, garnered his 30th save with a little difficulty Friday night. He gave up a run, a wild pitch and three hits, and he had the tying and winning runs in scoring position with one out. Still, he had a strikeout and a flyout to work his way out of trouble in a 2-1 victory over Oakland. For Boxberger, who…

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Despite injuries, Rays hold onto first in AL East

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There are days, when the bullpen is dazzling and the defense is on, when you look at them and nod. Those are the days of great declarations. Those are the days you look at the Tampa Bay Rays and nod. On such days, you think. “This! This is a first-place team!” Then are days such as Sunday, when hitting is cold and the pitching is frayed, when you look at them and shrug. Those are the days of great exasperation.…

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