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Rays’ Brad Boxberger walks home winning run in bottom of 10th inning

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The Tampa Bay Rays fumbled away one of their more memorable comebacks Wednesday afternoon. The Rays fell behind 5-0 in the first inning, then fought their way back to a tie to force extra innings against the Chicago White Sox. However, a walk by Brad Boxberger to Avisail Garcia brought the winning run home in the bottom of the 10th. Adam Eaton had singled to start the inning, then stole second and took third when the throw bounced off shortstop…

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Rays’ Kevin Keirmaier gunned down tying run to preserve Rays’ win

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Here’s a bad idea. The game is on the line, and you’re going to run on Kevin Kiermaier. Really? Kiermaier, second in the American League in throwing out opposing baserunners, did it again in the bottom of the ninth inning of Tampa Bay’s 5-4 victory over the Chicago White Sox. Kiermaier gunned down Alexei Ramirez, his short hop finding Curt Casali, who tagged over a somersaulting Rameriz. It was the 12th assist of the year for Kiermaier. If Ramirez had not…

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Rays have a keeper of a game as Curt Casali homers twice, Nathan Karns stars

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Starting pitching? Check. A little offense? Check. Good work out of the bullpen? Check. Gee, you think, why can’t the Tampa Bay Rays be this good all of the time? The Rays had their way with the Detroit Tigers in a 5-2 victory Monday night. It was one of those pick-your-stars games. Starting pitcher Nathan Karns gave up one run and three hits over six innings. Catcher Curt Casali, pushing for more playing time, hit two home runs. Third baseman…

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As second half starts, can the Rays catch New York in AL East?

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The starting pitching has been shredded by injury. The hitting has been held ineffective by a lack of ability. They have shown the questionable talent of going into a prolonged slump. The general manager is new. The manager is new. Most of the players just got here. Ask yourself then: As the Tampa Bay Rays prepare to begin the second half of their schedule, do they have what it takes to catch the New York Yankees? Here at the break,…

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Rays’ Chris Archer pitches, gives up solo home run in All-Star game

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Chris Archer of the Tampa Bay Rays was part of the American League’s winning effort in Tuesday night’s All-Star game. Archer pitched an inning and a third and gave up a home run to Pittsburgh’s Andrew McCutcheon. He struck out one. There had been hope among the Rays that Archer would get the start, but he was the fourth pitcher used by the American League, coming after old teammate David Price and before Wade Davis, another ex-teammate, who got the…

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Rays finish first half by sweeping the Astros behind bullpen

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Who says a team has to hit the baseball to win? The Tampa Bay Rays closed out the first half of their season Sunday afternoon by sweeping the Houston Astros with a 4-3 victory. That left the Rays one game over .500 after 91 games, three games behind the New York Yankees in the American League East. The truth be told, the Rays didn’t exactly bludgeon the Astros in the series. They won with four hits, seven hits and five…

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Rays’ pitching leads them to 3-1 victory over the Houston Astros

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They didn’t hit it often. They didn’t score until late. But the Tampa Bay Rays eased their wounds Friday night, getting a 3-1 victory over the Houston Astros as they began their final road trip before the all-star game. Tampa Bay had only four hits, and it didn’t score until the seventh inning. But on a night when the Rays ended 18 games of torture – a 3-15 record – it was enough. Erasmo Ramirez ran his record to 8-3,…

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