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Rays return to the Trop, win solid outing against the Detroit Tigers

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Dome, sweet Dome. The Tampa Bay Rays enjoyed their return to Tropicana Field Tuesday night, beating the Detroit Tigers 5-1 in a solid victory. The Rays had spent the previous seven games on the road, losing six of them, before the victory Tuesday. How good was it? It was so good that shortstop Tim Beckham, one of the team’s punching bags by the fans, had a two-run homer and a single and played solid shortstop for the Rays. Catcher Derek…

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Rays’ Jake Odorizzi dazzles against Rangers in big victory

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Suddenly, it’s a Jake Odorizzi world. Suddenly, the Tampa Bay Rays have a chance when he’s on the mound. In seven starts since the all-star game, Odorizzi has improved his record to 5-0 with an AL-leadng ERA of 1.64. He has improved his record to 8-5. The Rays followed Odorizzi to their fifth win in their last six games Saturday night, an 8-2 blasting of the Texas Rangers. The Rays have outscored their opponents 47-14 during those six games. “Odo…

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Tim Beckham goes five-for-five as Rays win their second straight game

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So what’s so hard about this “baseball” stuff, anyway? The Tampa Bay Rays are suddenly a hot streak. Or, at least-their version of one. The Rays have won two in a row, scoring 11 runs in an 11-3 win over the Colorado Rockies. It was the second straight game in which the team scored double digits. It was the first time the Rays have won back to back games since a three-game winning streak from June 12-14. The Rays are back to within…

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Rays’ Jake Odorizzi finally gets some run support in victory

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As it turns out, the Tampa Bay Rays do like pitcher Jake Odorizzi after all. Finally, the Rays gave Odorizzi some support in an 8-0 victory over the Detroit Tigers, including four home runs over a stretch of eight batters. It had to feel different for Odorizzi. Before Wednesday night, Odorizzi had led the American League in the lowest run support, averaging only 3.16 runs per game. The Rays scored three runs in the fourth inning on a run-scoring double…

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Rays win big over Astros as Erasmo Ramirez takes 10th victory

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The Tampa Bay Rays continue to embrace Erasmo Ramirez, their find of the off-season. Ramirez ran his record to 10-4 in an easy 9-2 victory over the first-place Houston Astros Monday night. Ramirez has made 15 starts since May 14 and and has gone 10-3, third in the American League for victories over that span. He is 10-0 when receiving two runs or more of run support. The Rays are now 5-0 on the season when facing their former pitchers.…

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Rays win as sensation Curt Casali hits two more HRs

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For crushing Curt Casali, the markings of stardom were all around him. Who would have expected all of this from a guy who just got to the Tampa Bay Rays? There was the standing ovation after his ninth-inning strikeout, followed by his first-ever curtain call, a tip of a cap from a guy who barely knew what he was doing. There was his Gatorade bath, his second in two nights. There were all the texts from all of his friends,…

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Tim Beckham’s big hit sparks Rays in late comeback

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For a while, it appeared that Chris Archer was going to be able to suie the Rays for non-support once again. Through six innings, the Rays had zero runs on his behalf, and it looked very much as the Tampa Bay offense would be shut out for the fifth time this season. The Rays, however, rallied for three runs in the the bottom of the eighth inning to salvage the first game of a three-game series with Baltimore. John Jaso…

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