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Rays optimistic of a good season as spring training begins

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It’s spring, and the Rays see answers instead of questions. Surgically repaired pitcher Alex Cobb? He’s an asset. Catcher Wilson Ramos? He’s going to help, even if he can’t get behind the plate for a while yet. Shortstop Matt Duffy, who was hurt when the Rays traded for him? Rays’ manager Kevin Cash is looking forward to seeing him add to the offense and defense. And so it goes. It’s the time of year when skies are partly sunny instead…

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Rays announce start times, single-admission doubleheader

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Now, here’s a concept for you. How about twice the Rays for the price? On Saturday, June 10, the Tampa Bay Rays will play the Oakland A’s in a single-admission doubleheader. It will be Major League Baseball’s first scheduled doubleheader since July 16, 2011, when the A’s hosted the Los Angeles Angels, and only the second scheduled doubleheader in the last two decades. The Rays also announced their game times for the upcoming season, which opens on Sunday, April 2,…

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Despite finishing 25 games back, Matt Silverman sees bright spots

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They finished in last place in the AL East. They lost 94 times. They were the second-worst team in baseball. They hit 216 home runs, but 136 of them were solos. And still, Tampa Bay Rays general manager Matt Silverman talked about bright spots. In the Rays’ season-ending news conference Tuesday, Silverman talked about a team he expects to be better in 2017 despite the flaws of this season. “We’re incredibly disappointed,” Silverman said. “The season went south so early,…

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Hooray! Rays end the 2106 season by beating Rangers again

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It ended just fine. It was all those games that came before the end that were the problem. The Tampa Bay Rays closed out their season with a 6-4 extra innings win over the Texas Rangers and a two-game winning streak. But the Rays finished with a 68-94 record, good for the second-worst record in the majors league. It was the worst record Tampa Bay has had since 2007. The Rays, led by manager Kevin Cash, finished ahead of only…

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Rays close out first half with another loss, this time to former teammate David Price

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It seems as if the Rays have been losing forever. They have not. It was a less than a month ago that Tampa Bay was 31-32 and thinking about the race in the AL East. That was before 22 losses in their last 25 games sent them plunging through the division standings and solidly into last place, 20 games below .500 and searching for direction. The Rays lost another one Sunday in their last game before the major league all-star…

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This time, Rays’ Kevin Cash goes to Alex Colome for the win

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One day earlier, Tampa Bay Rays’ manager Kevin Cash refused to try Alex Colome for two innings. Tuesday, he thought it was a pretty good idea. Colome closed out the Florida Marlins in a 4-3 victory as the Rays finished their road trip with a 5-3 record. Colome allowed only one hit over his two innings to earn his 12th save. The previous day, however, Cash had chosen to stick with Erasmo Ramirez for his third straight inning, and it…

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Steal of home by Jacoby Ellsbury sinks Rays in New York

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For a while, it appeared that the Tampa Bay Rays had a shot at the New York Yankees Thursday night. Jacoby Ellsbury stole it away. Ellsbury steal of home on a 3-2 pitch with two outs in the bottom of the fifth inning tied the game, and the Yankees went on to win a 6-3 decision in the first game of their three-game series. It was the Yankees’ first straight steal of home since 2001 and the first-ever against the…

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