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Rays shut down Reds 8-3

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This dash to third base was a bit different for Mallex Smith. The Tampa Bay left fielder rushed in to tag out speedy Billy Hamilton after a lengthy rundown, highlighting the Rays‘ 8-3 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday. “When you get the fast guy like that, you’ve got to bring our fast guy and run him down,” Rays right fielder Steven Souza Jr. Hamilton stole his major league-leading 31st base in the fourth inning. But he later got…

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Michael Lorenzen: one of the best sports stories of the year

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Outside of Fullerton, Calif. and Cincinnati, Ohio, few people are familiar with the name of Michael Lorenzen. That should change beginning on Saturday and throughout the coming days. Lorenzen is a relief pitcher for the Reds with a mid-to-high 90s fastball. After opening the season on the disabled list, he has now appeared in 30 games with a 2.17 earned run average and struck out 31 batters in 29 innings. Pitchers succeed at the plate from time to time and…

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