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Rays’ Alex Cobb makes triumphant return against New York Yankees

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For Alex Cobb, it was only 957 days. It just felt longer. Cobb, the pitcher for the Tampa Bay Rays who struggled last September in his comeback, wowed Rays’ fans Wednesday night in a 4-1 victory over the New York Yankees. Cobb went 5 2/3 innings and allowed only one run and four hits in the victory. “I thought it was a battle,” Cobb said. “I was definitely the best I’ve been on the mound since the Tommy John (surgery).…

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Rays bash Minnesota 19-0 in Grapefruit League contest

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Are we sure it doesn’t count? Is there any way we can make it count? After all, fans have waited years for the Tampa Bay Rays to hit like this – 23 hits including five home runs. And the team hasn’t pitched like this very often – seven perfect innings and a shutout. It all added up to a 19-0 squashing of Minnesota is a grapefruit league victory Tuesday. Alex Cobb threw two perfect innings in the game. Curt Casali,…

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Does the Rays’ pitching staff have an ace, and if so, who is he?

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As the Tampa Bay Rays’ pitchers report for training camp, it starts with a simple question. Who’s the ace? And if there isn’t one, who’s, say, the Jack of Clubs? The Rays want to believe they have a good staff, a staff that will keep them in the AL East race. For that to happen, however, a lot of guys are going to have to have a lot better seasons than they did last year. For instance: Chris Archer led…

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Rays’ Alex Cobb finally makes return to major league baseball

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For 716 days, he was an outsider. For almost two years, he was a spectator. Friday night, Alex Cobb of the Tampa Bay Rays was a big-league pitcher again. Cobb, recovering from Tommy John surgery, threw five effective innings in Friday night’s 8-3 victory over Toronto. Cobb allowed only four hits and two runs in his five innings and struck out the side in the fifth. He retired his last 10 batters. “Well, I’m happy,” Cobb said. “It started off a…

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