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Rays hit three more homers, but score too few against Mariners

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The Tampa Bay Rays keep hitting the ball a long way. They also keep having very little to show for it. Take Tuesday night, when Tampa Bay got three home runs in its game against Seattle … which accounted for three runs. The Mariners, on the other hand, hit two out and scored five runs off it in a 6-4 victory. It’s been that way all year. The Rays came into the game hitting .225, their worst to this point of the season by…

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Baltimore avoids sweep on homer by former Rays minor league Joey Rickard

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Who says that big hitters don’t make their way through the Tampa Bay Rays’ farm system. It’s just that when they do, too many times they end up elsewhere. For instance, consider the case of Baltimore’s Joey Rickard, who was claimed by the Orioles in December’s Rule 5 draft. It was Rickard who took Matt Moore deep for a three-run homer in the fifth inning, enabling the Orioles to win a 3-1 game. “Last year when I got to play…

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Rays’ rookie Richie Shaffer celebrates home run by himself

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After the first hit of career, Tampa Bay Rays’ infielder Richie Shaffer celebrated … alone. In one of the more amusing scenes of the season, Shaffer had just returned to the dugout after hitting a home run in the seventh inning of an 11-3 victory over the White Sox. As he descended the steps, however, he saw that his teammates were doing the old “silent treatment” on him and, instead of congratulating him, were in a huddle in the middle…

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