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Knee injury will sideline Rays’ relief pitcher Jake McGee for 6-8 weeks

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The Tampa Bay Rays, struggling to stay alive in the AL East playoff race, has suffered another blow. Relief pitcher Jake McGee has been diagnosed as having a torn meniscus in his left knee and will miss 6-8 weeks. McGee had made 36 apperarances for the Rays and had 2.57 ERA with six saves. The injury comes at a bad time with Brad Boxberger, the Rays’ other late-inning specialist, in a nosedive. Boxberger has a 3.19 ERA and 29 saves,…

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Rays lose another game in extra innings, Brad Boxberger blows save

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If the Rays fail to make the playoffs, there will be a lot of reasons. Chief among those may be the team’s inability to play in extra innings. The Rays lost their second extra inning game in two nights to Houston. The Rays, now two games under .500 on the season, lost a 3-2 game to the Houston Astros in 13 innings Wednesday — lowering the team’s record to 2-10 in extra innings this season. Carlos Correa knocked in the…

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Rays lose another one in extra innings as Brad Boxberger falters

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The Tampa Bay Rays are not big fans of working overtime. The Rays’ record in extra innings fell to 2-9 Tuesday night when Houston’s Marwin Gonzalez hit a home run on a full count in the bottom of the 10th inning to lead the Astros to a 3-2 victory. It was Boxberger’s fourth loss since July 22 and his ninth of the season, a record for a Rays’ reliever. Tampa Bay held a 2-1 into the eighth on Curt Casali’s ninth…

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Rays come from behind one more time to defeat the Atlanta Braves

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For the Tampa Bay Rays, it is not how a game begins. It is how it ends. The Rays, escape artists that they are, are starting to develop a gift for the comeback. Despite a rough start, falling behind by three runs and playing poorly, the Rays came from three runs down once again. It was the third game in the last four where they have rallied despite a three-run deficit, and their overall 24th comeback of the year. This…

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Rays’ Grady Sizemore leads comeback victory over New York Mets

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It started terribly. For the first time in a while, however, it finished the way it was supposed to for the Tampa Bay Rays. The Rays rallied from a 3-0 deficit before they ever came to bat and pulled out a 5-4 victory over the New York Mets on Saturday. This time, things went according to plan, as the bullpen combo of Jake McGee and Brad Boxberger (and Steve Geltz and Xavier Cedeno) shut out the Mets for an inning…

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Tampa Bay bullpen falters again in late-inning loss to Mets

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When a team’s biggest strength becomes a weakness, it means trouble. The bullpen of the Tampa Bay Rays, the best thing about the team this season, faltered for the second straight game Friday night, losing a 4-3 game when both Jake McGee and Brad Boxberger gave up runs, a rarity. Boxberger took the loss, giving up three hits, an error and a wild pitch in the ninth inning. He also gave up two runs. Had Boxberger shut down New York,…

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Should the Rays have walked the bases loaded for Brad Boxberger?

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It’s an ugly dilemma. But what should the Tampa Bay Rays have done in an awful situation. All-Star reliever Brad Boxberger was on the mound. The winning run was at third. No one was out. The Rays chose to walk Jose Abreu and Melky Cabrera to try to set up a double play. It didn’t work. After reaching a 1-1 count, Boxberger walked Avisail Garcia on three pitchers to force home the winning run. Rays’ manager Kevin Cash said he…

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