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Rays win reunion with Joe Maddon, beat Cubs 6-5

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Tim Beckham homered, and the Tampa Bay Rays won their reunion with Joe Maddon, beating the Chicago Cubs 6-5 on Tuesday. Beckham’s two-run drive highlighted a five-run fourth against Jon Lester (5-5). Alex Colome gave up two runs in the ninth, but the Rays won their first meeting against Maddon since he left to manage Chicago following the 2014 season. Colome threw 38 pitches in the ninth but came away with his 22nd save in 26 chances. He gave up a leadoff single to pinch-hitter Albert Almora Jr. and walked Jon…

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With help from above, Cubs finally win a title

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The fleeting storm along Lake Erie couldn’t have come at a better time for the Chicago Cubs. It was as if the gods finally cut this snake-bit franchise a long overdue break. One hundred and eight years overdue. Shell-shocked after blowing a three-run lead with four outs to go in Game 7 of the World Series, the Cubs looked more like deer staring into headlights as they headed to extra innings against the Cleveland Indians. A series of head-scratching moves…

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Mitch Perry Report for 10.12.16 – Is there still no crying in baseball?

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It’s painful today for me, folks. I stayed up past midnight this morning to see the Chicago Cubs come from behind with four runs in the top of the ninth inning to defeat the San Francisco Giants, 6-5, and advance to the National League Championship Series this weekend, where they’ll play either Washington D.C. or Los Angeles. When I was a kid in the 1970’s, baseball was my favorite sport, just like it was America’s. But over the course of…

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The long fall of All-Star MVP Carl Crawford

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The 2009 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was a landmark event for the Tampa Bay Rays. When the game began on July 14, no fewer than 12 men sitting in the American League dugout were wearing Rays’ uniforms. Five of those were players while the other seven included Manager Joe Maddon and his entire six-man coaching staff. Maddon was the manager – the first and only from Tampa Bay – because the Rays were defending American League Champions. None of…

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The good and bad of all-star fan voting

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Baseball has entered the annual day after the all-star selection snub fest. Which deserving player or players will not be going to the All-Star Game? Which ones have absolutely no business being there? The Rays’ Alex Colome has the numbers to back up his selection. He has certainly done all that is asked of him by saving all 19 of his opportunities with a 1.71 earned average. Evan Longoria deserved some consideration with his 18 home runs and 48 runs…

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7 questions heading into the World Series

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The World Series may not be what it used to be, but don’t tell that to the fans of the New York Mets and Kansas City Royals. Because of the spread of baseball around the world, the winner is no longer called “World Champion,” but Champions of Baseball will be perfectly fine with either team. On Tuesday night, the Mets and Royals open the World Series in Kansas City. The winner will still raise the Commissioner’s Trophy, which looks the…

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Rays look beyond 2015 for success

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Barring epic collapses by multiple teams, the Tampa Bay Rays will not be going to the post season. The loss of front-line talent and injuries kept them from making a serious run. They had some ups and downs, but received a steady hand from first-year manager Kevin Cash. Some help appears to be on the way. According to MLB.com, the Rays have five of the top 100 prospects in professional baseball. There is likely even more talent to be developed. Willy…

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