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After a welcome day off, Rays prepare to welcome Yankees to Tropicana Field

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The Tampa Bay Rays have been looking forward to Thursday. This day will be like no other that they have experienced since April 27. It is called on off-day. Thursday marks only their third day off since the season began, but it will be the first for them at home. The other two were in New York and traveling between Baltimore and Toronto. The span of 20-games-in-20 days started with 5 games in Toronto and Miami and finished with 6…

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Home Run Derby more exciting than All-Star Game

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The Major League Baseball All-Star Game isn’t what it used to be. It is still the best and most competitive all-star competitions among the major sports, but what made it great is now missing. When Johnny Bench, Willie Mays, Stan Musial, Reggie Jackson and other superstars took the field, some outstanding displays of offense would seem to come from at least one of the fan favorites. More often than not, the latter day game features multiple flame-throwing pitchers striking out…

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Longballs, pitching and the Cubs top the baseball playoff stories

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Now that the regular season is over, baseball heads to the playoffs. The Rays and 19 other teams will watch on television and focus on joining the party next fall. Fans of strong hitting will have more fun watching the American League. As the Rays know well, all five playoff teams are among the top six hitting clubs. Houston, Kansas City and Toronto are in the top five overall while the New York Yankees are in the middle of the pack and Texas…

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Matt Moore can learn a great deal from John Smoltz

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It is great to see Matt Moore back on the mound for the Rays. This hard-throwing left-hander has the talent to be a star in Major League Baseball, but he has a big challenge to be the Matt Moore he was before Tommy John surgery. He certainly has not been that pitcher during his first outings this season. No one can say for certain Moore had Hall of Fame stuff before his injury. It takes more than electric stuff to…

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Election season almost over in Major League Baseball

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The campaigns are over. The votes are in. All that remains is to declare the winners. While the big elections are next year, one involving sports has made big news. Welcome to the modern day selection process of Major League Baseball’s All-Star teams. Baseball fans play the major role in determining the rosters for the 85th All-Star Game at Cincinnati’s Great American Ballpark on July 12. Between May 1 and July 2, fans could cast votes to determine the 8…

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