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Corey Dickerson drives in the winning run in Rays’ comeback victory

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For Corey Dickerson, a single was enough. Dickerson, who hit his 12th homer of the year and his second triple earlier in the game, delivered a two-out single in the bottom of the seventh inning to knock in the winning run in a come-from-behind victory over the Seattle Mariners Wednesday night. Dickerson, who has extra base hits on 60 percent of his hits this year, drove in Logan Morrison with the winning run. “You know, I really just tried to…

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Corey Dickerson leads Rays to a victory over Arizona Diamondbacks

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Tampa Bay outfielder Corey Dickerson may be the next Rays’ hitter to break out of a slow start. Dickerson hit two home runs and had three hits Wednesday to lead the Rays to a 6-3 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks. Dickerson entered the game hitting .189, but turned the game into a personal highlight reel. Desmond Jennings also had a home run for Tampa Bay. Closer Alex Colome had his 17th straight save for the Rays, getting out of a bases-loaded…

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Tampa Bay’s Chris Archer struggles again in loss to Red Sox

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The problem isn’t physical, the Tampa Bay Rays say. The problem isn’t mechanical. For Chris Archer, the problem is that opposing batters keep mashing his pitches into the outfield. Archer fell to 0-4 on the season Wednesday night against the Boston Red Sox, giving up three runs in the first and five in the first two innings in a 7-3 defeat. He threw only 4 2/3 innings but gave up eight hits, six earned runs and three walks. He faced…

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Rays start slowly again, drop a 5-3 decision to Baltimore

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Once again, the Tampa Bay Rays dug a hole too deep to climb out of Sunday. Tampa Bay lost a 5-3 game to the Baltimore Orioles after giving up four runs in the second inning, including a two-run home run by Manny Machado. Machado went four-for-four with two singles, a doubled, scored twice and knocked two runs in. The Rays got back to within 4-3 and loaded the bases in the eighth, but Hank Conger struck out on a pitch…

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Rays’ Corey Dickerson hits a long one in spring training victory

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Corey Dickerson came a little closer to being embraced by Tampa Bay Rays’ fans Friday. In fact, he came 569 feet closer. Dickerson, acquired from Colorado in the off-season, drove a 3-2 pitch far over the right field wall in the second inning, led the way to a 10-3 victory. “He shortened up a little bit [swinging at that pitch],” manager Kevin Cash said. “I don’t think we’ll ever see the typical shortened-up swing, but if you looked at the…

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Rays think they can figure in playoffs if they stay healthy

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Here at the beginning, the Tampa Bay Rays feel confident they will be there at the end. General manager Matt Silverman and manager Kevin Cash agreed Thursday that, going into the season, the Rays’ goal is to reach the post-season. An improved lineup and a solid set of starting pitchers have more strengths than the bullpen has questions. “I feel like we’re a better club,” Silverman said. “You look year after year, at the talent on the club. With the…

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Could the offense of the Rays be better with Corey Dickerson?

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In years past, you wondered if their bats were big enough. There was an impotence to the offense of the Tampa Bay Rays. They were never going to score enough runs, and good pitching was always going to let them down. The last two months of last season were an aberration. Often, you simply couldn’t count on the Rays scoring enough. Could that be changing with this off-season? Maybe. The Rays have brought in Corey Dickerson, a career .299 hitter,…

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