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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 finally break losing streak with victory over Minnesota

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It didn’t matter that the opponent is the worst team in the American League. It doesn’t matter that that win came late. It didn’t matter that the Tampa Bay Rays squeezed it out late. What matters is that the Rays won. Finally. The Rays beat the Minnesota Twins, 4-2, to snap a five-game losing streak. The Rays had lost 10 of 12 games coming in, and had settled into last place in the AL West. Tampa Bay got just enough…

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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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Rays’ Matt Moore reminds fans of who he used to be

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Once, this was the way Matt Moore used to look. The profile is the same. The motion is the same. And the results were what they used to be. Yep, this is the guy you remember, all right. Moore was his old self Thursday night. Once again, he was the guy who won 17 games. The guy who was an all-star. The guy who looked like he would be a very good thing on the mound for the Tampa Bay…

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Tampa Bay Rays finally come from behind to win in nine

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Oh, so this is what a ninth-inning comeback feels like. The Tampa Bay Rays, who had been 0-49 on the season when trailing after eight innings, finally came from behind to win one in the final frame Saturday night in a 5-4 win over Oakland. The Rays had come from behind 25 times this year, more than one-third of all their wins, but never in the final chapter. The Rays scored two runs on a double by the red-hot Asdrubal…

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Rays’ unknown pitching staff helps the team rule AL East

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There are mysteries in life. Easter Island. The Sphinx. JFK. And how in the world are these Tampa Bay Rays on top of the American League East? A year ago, they were 16 games below .500. This year, they are nine above. They do not hit very well. No one has heard of their starting pitchers. The manager just got here. Nate Karns? Erasmo Ramirez? Mike Andriese? Alex Colome? That’s the rotation? That’s what’s keeping this team atop the American…

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Rays waste pitching gem by Alex Colome in loss to Indians

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There are days when a pitcher deserves better luck. Alex Colome knows all about that. Colome threw a perfect game into the sixth inning, but the Tampa Bay Rays lost a 1-0 decision to the Cleveland Indians Sunday afternoon in Cleveland. Colome gave up only an infield single to Michael Bourn in his seven innings. Kevin Jepson took the loss for Tampa Bay, giving up a bases-loaded sacrifice fly to David Murphy. Roberto Perez scored the winning run, sliding in…

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