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For Evan Longoria, losing teammates has to be getting old

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If the trade of Logan Forsythe by the Tampa Bay Rays was tough for you to see, imagine it through the eyes of Evan Longoria. He is  31, and his chances are fading away. His team keeps trading todays for tomorrows, and the payroll remains low, and the team’s place is in the cellar. And now, a trusted comrade is bound for Los Angeles, following the departure of so many others. David Price and Ben Zobrist and James Shields and Carl…

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Tampa Bay Rays trade Logan Forsythe for young Dodger pitcher

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The Tampa Bay Rays have traded one of their steadiest, most dependable players. For him, they got a hunk of potential. Good trade? Bad trade? For the Rays, sending second baseman Logan Forsythe (519 major-league hits) to the Dodgers for 24-year pitcher Jose De Leon was a trade the team had to make. The reasons? Last place. High salary. The constant need for lively arms. Forsythe, 30, was scheduled to make $5,750,000 this season. In De Leon, the Rays are…

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Rays lose another to Red Sox despite good start, rally

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The good start is but a memory. The comeback is just a detail. For the Tampa Bay Rays, the loss is just the latest one. The Rays dropped an 8-6 decision to the Boston Red Sox Thursday, allowing two runs in the bottom of the eighth to snap a 6-6 tie. The Rays are 20 games under .500 at 56-76 as they return home to face the Blue Jays. Tampa Bay took a 4-1 lead behind a two-run homer by…

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Rays knocks off powerful Texas as Drew Smiley pitches well

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For the Tampa Bay Rays, the streaks are all good these days. The team won its sixth game in seven outings Sunday. In five of the six games, they’ve scored at least eight runs. In all, they’ve outscored opponents 55-18 in those wins. Not only that, but they’ve now won two in a row against a first-place team. The Rays beat the Texas Rangers again Sunday, 8-4. “Great series, man,” said Rays’ manager Kevin Cash. “From the way it started…

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Rays combine pitching, hitting to dismantle Blue Jays

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The Tampa Bay Rays may have bottomed out, but there are nights when they hardly look like it. The Rays, who entered the game as the American League’s last-place team, took it out on the Toronto Blue Jays  in a 9-2 victory. The win, coupled with Minnesota’s loss to Houston, allowed the Rays to move back to next-to-last. Tampa Bay had one of its better nights. Starting pitcher Drew Smyly threw his fourth straight quality start for the win, giving…

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Rays take over last place with loss to Toronto Blue Jays

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Bad teams leave runners on base. Bad teams let games slip away. Bad teams continue to lose. Good teams? They get hits with two outs and two strikes. They pull games out. Good teams continue to win. And so the Tampa Bay Rays lost another game Monday, taking over last place in the American League with a 7-5 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays (coupled with Minnesota’s 3-1 victory over Houston). The Rays are now 45-66 on the season, ahead…

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Tampa Bay looks to Vultures, rats to lead their victory over Angels

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For the Tampa Bay Rays, the Vulture has struck again. The Rays won Saturday night, which pretty much means that relief pitcher Erasmo Ramirez won again, 4-2 over the Los Angeles Angels. For Ramirez, it was his sixth win of the 14 games the Rays have won this season. The Rays have begun to refer to Ramirez as “the Vulture” because of his penchant for being on the mound during the innings the team happens to score. “He needs to…

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