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Rays lose pitcher Jake Odorizzi to hamstring injury in loss to Red Sox

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The Tampa Bay Rays managed to scrape together a pretty good pitching game Saturday. The hitting? Not so much. The Rays dropped a 2-1 loss to the Boston Red Sox, falling back to even on the season. The Rays were forced to piece together the efforts of five pitchers after starter Jake Odorizzi left in the second inning with a tight hamstring. Boston’s Chris Sale, meanwhile, was dominant. He struck out 12 in seven innings and allowed only three hits…

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Tampa Bay Rays lose yet again to Tigers despite solid start by Chris Archer

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Even when they get unusually good starting pitching, the day ends in the usual disappointment for the Tampa Bay Rays. Despite getting one of Chris Archer’s finest starts – 5 2/3 of three-hit, shutout baseball – the Rays’ bullpen faltered again in a 5-1 loss to the Detroit Tigers. It concluded the first half of the season at 33-48. The Rays have won only two of their last 18 games. Tampa Bay has given up at least five runs in…

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Tigers beat up on on Tampa Bay, bullpen once again in easy victory

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Things are going so badly for the Tampa Bay Rays’ bullpen these days that they turned to an infielder Friday night. The Rays, being bashed by the Detroit Tigers, let infielder Taylor Motter finished the game up. And at least Motter kept the baseball inside the park, as opposed to other Rays’ pitchers who gave up a pair of three-run homers to Victor Martinez. The Tigers, who scored eight runs in the ninth on Thursday night, scored 10 on 14…

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Bullpen struggles as Rays lose again to Toronto Blue Jays

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The bullpen was mortal. The defense wasn’t there. And the baseball was on the wrong side of the fence. It all added up to disaster for the Tampa Bay Rays, who let a four-run outburst to help the Toronto Blue Jays escape with a 5-1 victory Sunday afternoon. The Rays, tied 1-1 going into the ninth, came apart at the bullpen. Xavier Cedeno gave up a double to Darwin Barney, then walked Michael Sanders. That brought on Alex Colome, who…

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Bullpen has kept the Tampa Bay Rays afloat early in the season

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In the beginning of the season, a large question mark hovered over the bullpen of the Tampa Bay Rays. More and more, it looks like an exclamation point. Through 21 games, the bullpen for the Tampa Bay Rays has been excellent. Consider their seven wins. Consider their five saves. Consider the life in the arms. This was supposed to be a weak position, remember? Jake McGee was traded, and Brad Boxberger was hurt, and no one was quite sure how…

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Rays send Erasmo Ramirez to bullpen, plan 4-man rotation

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He is always smiling, always happy. For Erasmo Ramirez, every day is a good one. Even this one, when he is headed to the bullpen of the Tampa Bay Rays. The Rays have announced they will open their season with a four-man rotation, made possible because of an abundance of off-days (eight in the first seven weeks). Ramirez, 11-6 a year ago in 27 starts, will help to fill the void left by Brad Boxberger‘s injury. “He’s going to the…

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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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