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Alex Colome saves the day for the Tampa Bay Rays once again

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The job description is simple, really. Alex Colome is a Rescue Ranger. Colome, the Tampa Bay Rays’ closer, turned out the lights again Monday night, slamming the door on the Arizona Diamondbacks in a 6-4 victory. It was the 16th straight save for Colome, which tied the club record for consecutive saves to start a season (Rafael Soriano and Al Reyes). It was his fourth straight save, which has him fourth in the league. It was also the fourth save…

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Rays lose closer Brad Boxberger for eight weeks after injury

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At the start, the problem for the Tampa Bay Rays may be closing. The Rays have lost all-star closer Brad Boxberger, whose 41 saves led the American League in 2015. Boxberger had surgery to repair an abdominal muscle injury and will miss eight weeks. That would keep Boxberger sidelined for the season’s first month. The Rays had depended heavily upon Boxberger. They traded away Jake McGee, their other reliever with extensive closing history. Instead, manager Kevin Cash said, the team…

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