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Red-hot Rays finish first home streak of the season at 5-2 with win over Blue Jays

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The Tampa Bay Rays have started the 2017 baseball season as if they were trying to make you reconsider. The Rays, last in the American League East a year ago, ran their record to a franchise-best 5-2 start to a season Sunday with a 7-2 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays. The Rays are currently in second place in the AL East, a half-game behind Baltimore. This time, the Rays competed hard enough that their angst showed a couple of…

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Rays’ Alex Cobb finally makes return to major league baseball

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For 716 days, he was an outsider. For almost two years, he was a spectator. Friday night, Alex Cobb of the Tampa Bay Rays was a big-league pitcher again. Cobb, recovering from Tommy John surgery, threw five effective innings in Friday night’s 8-3 victory over Toronto. Cobb allowed only four hits and two runs in his five innings and struck out the side in the fifth. He retired his last 10 batters. “Well, I’m happy,” Cobb said. “It started off a…

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Blue Jays bomb the Rays in easy 7-0 shutout victory

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You can see it’s football’s preseason. Even the Tampa Bay Rays got beat by a touchdown Wednesday night. The Rays returned to the cellar against Toronto, losing 7-0 to the Blue Jays, who took over first place with the  victory. Tampa Bay managed only five hits against Toronto’s J.A. Happ, whose 16 victories lead the major leagues. Kevin Kiermaier had two of the hits and Richie Shaffer two more. Shaffer was immediately sent down to make room for newly acquired…

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Rays combine pitching, hitting to dismantle Blue Jays

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The Tampa Bay Rays may have bottomed out, but there are nights when they hardly look like it. The Rays, who entered the game as the American League’s last-place team, took it out on the Toronto Blue Jays  in a 9-2 victory. The win, coupled with Minnesota’s loss to Houston, allowed the Rays to move back to next-to-last. Tampa Bay had one of its better nights. Starting pitcher Drew Smyly threw his fourth straight quality start for the win, giving…

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Rays take over last place with loss to Toronto Blue Jays

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Bad teams leave runners on base. Bad teams let games slip away. Bad teams continue to lose. Good teams? They get hits with two outs and two strikes. They pull games out. Good teams continue to win. And so the Tampa Bay Rays lost another game Monday, taking over last place in the American League with a 7-5 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays (coupled with Minnesota’s 3-1 victory over Houston). The Rays are now 45-66 on the season, ahead…

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Rays complete sweep of the Blue Jays to even their record at 19-19

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They only scored six runs. They only had 10 hits. Alas, the poor Tampa Bay Rays. Their recent surge of offense is easing up. The Rays (19-19) had a normal big night Wednesday night, sweeping the Toronto Blue Jays with a 6-3 victory. Still, Tampa Bay completed one of its most lopsided series, scoring 31 runs and getting 44 hits in the three games. It was the second time in team history (the other was in August of 2007) that…

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For the second straight night, Rays clobber the Blue Jays

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Who are these guys? And can anyone make sure they stay? The Tampa Bay Rays, for the second straight night, hit the ball the way the big teams do in a 12-2 win over the Toronto Blue Jays. This time, they scored 12 runs on 17 hits. The night before, they had scored 13 runs on 17 hits. It was quite the showing when you consider how the Rays struggled to hit, and score, earlier in the season. For instance: Those 34…

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