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Rays beat Twins 5-2; Chris Archer fans 11

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Chris Archer struck out 11 while pitching into the eighth inning and the Tampa Bay Rays hit three home runs in a 5-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Friday night. Archer (4-3) gave up two runs and five hits in 7 2/3 innings and reached double digits in strikeouts for the fourth time in five May starts. Logan Morrison, Kevin Kiermaier and Steven Souza Jr. all went deep, and Alex Colome got four outs for his 13th save, winning…

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Rays’ bats come alive in 11-2 rout of Red Sox

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The Tampa Bay Rays spent their longest game in team history playing in wind, rain and chilly temperatures in Fenway Park. It certainly felt a lot better coming away with a win. Steven Souza Jr. hit a three-run homer, Jesus Sucre drove in three runs and the Rays beat the Boston Red Sox 11-2 on Sunday. The Rays beat the Red Sox for the second time in three games – and just the sixth time in the last 20 meetings…

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Futures Game offers glimmer of hope for Rays

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As the Tampa Bay Rays free-fall into the All-Star break, a four-day break can only help. When you’ve lost 21 of 24 any person or team would look for something to make the pain stop. Some morsel of optimism is needed and today’s first All-Star event in San Diego provides such a snack. The MLB All-Stars Futures Game pits a collection of prospects from the U.S. against other prospects from around the world. Alex Colome is the only Ray on…

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MLB average salary $4.4M after 4.4 percent rise

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Baseball’s average salary rose 4.4 percent to $4.38 million on opening day, according to a study of contract terms by The Associated Press, and the Los Angeles Dodgers topped spending for the third straight season. The Chicago Cubs boosted payroll by $51 million, adding Jason Heyward, John Lackey and Ben Zobrist in an effort to win their first title since 1908. After beating the Cubs in the NL Championship Series and losing to Kansas City in the World Series, the New…

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Play ball! 3 games on opening day, with Royals-Mets rematch

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Andrew McCutchen vs. Adam Wainwright in the first inning, Josh Donaldson and the bangin’ Toronto Blue Jays teeing off later, then a World Series rematch in Kansas City. Neat way to begin opening day. The forecast at PNC Park calls for temperatures in the upper 30s on Sunday afternoon when McCutchen and the Pittsburgh Pirates host the first game of the 2016 season, facing the St. Louis Cardinals. No worries, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. They played an exhibition game…

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Baseball’s Wal-Mart now open for business

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On Wednesday, pitchers and catchers begin reporting to spring training camps. The Rays are among the last to begin, their players not arriving in Port Charlotte until Feb. 21. Baseball is in the pre-spring training period where clubs often intensify their efforts to sign free agents and fill out rosters. Signings might consist of middle relief pitchers, a fourth or fifth starter, or perhaps an infielder or outfielder who adds depth to their bench. The blockbuster signings are already completed…

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The parallel universe of David Price and Clayton Kershaw

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David Price and Clayton Kershaw have a lot in common. Starting with the basics, they are both left-handed pitchers who throw hard and have led their respective leagues in strikeouts at least once. Both have won Cy Young Awards in their relatively brief major league careers. Price was honored by the American League in 2012 after a spectacular 20-5 season with the Rays. Kershaw is a three-time winner in the National League and was voted the league’s Most Valuable Player…

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