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Royals get to Rays’ all-star Brad Boxberger for walk-off win

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Twenty-four hours after being named to the all-star team, reliever Brad Boxberger of the Tampa Bay Rays looked like anything but. Boxberger had a rough time of it in the bottom of the ninth inning Tuesday, giving up a grand slam homer to 29-year-old rookie Paulo Orlando of the Kansas City Royals as the Rays’ gave up their third walk-off defeat of this road trip. Boxberger had given up singles to Eric Hosmer and Alex Rios and a walk to Omar Infante…

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AL All-Stars include Chris Archer, Brad Boxberger

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The Tampa Bay Rays didn’t have any everyday players named to the American League All-Star game, but they could have something to say about who starts and who finishes it. The Rays had two pitchers named to the All-Star game Monday, one who was thought to be a sure thing and the other who said he felt “shock” that he was named. Starter Chris Archer (9-5) and reliever Brad Boxberger (20 saves) were named to the team Monday. It has…

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Tampa Bay throws one away as its losing streak continues

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During their recent slump, the hitting of the Tampa Bay Rays has been questioned. The pitching has been questioned. And now, the defense. Before long, the entire blueprint of the Rays will be questioned. The Rays lost, again. This time, it was 3-2, and this time, it was the gloves that let the team down. Brad Boxberger’s error in the bottom of the ninth allowed the winning run home, costing Tampa Bay another heartbreaker to the New York Yankees. Tampa…

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Rays lose another one late despite Chris Archer

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This time, not even one of their finest pitching performances could save the Tampa Bay Rays. The Rays lost their fifth straight game Wednesday, dropping a 3-0 decision to the Seattle Mariners despite a masterful pitching performance by Chris Archer. Archer threw eight innings of shutout baseball, allowing only two hits and striking out 12. Seattle’s Felix Hernandez, however, got the victory. For the second straight game, relief pitcher Brad Boxberger gave up a home run in the late innings.…

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Rays lose their fourth straight, AL East lead

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As bad as the AL East may be, someone else is ruling it these days. The Tampa Bay Rays lost command of the division Tuesday night as they dropped their fourth consecutive game. This one was a 7-6 loss to the Seattle Mariners in 10 innings. Leading Seattle was Kyle Seager, who hit two home runs and drove in six. He had a grand slam in the eighth against Jake McGee, last year’s best reliever for the Rays. He homered…

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David DeJesus shows the Rays he’s worth keeping

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For an extra piece, David DeJesus is proving to be fairly appreciated. DeJesus, who has heard whispers about being traded since spring training, led the Tampa Bay Rays to a victory Thursday night that gave them control of first place in the American League East. DeJesus hit a home run and a run-scoring double in a 3-0 victory over the Oakland As Thursday night. The way the Rays’ pitching has been going as of late, that was plenty. Alex Colome…

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