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Indians victimize slumping Erasmo Ramirez as Rays lose another game

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There for a while, Erasmo Ramirez couldn’t help but win baseball games. If the Rays won, it was more often than not Ramirez who got the victory. He won six of his first seven games, and he had a 1.13 ERA. It was a Ramirez world. Since then, however, Ramirez has struggled. He had a 4.81 ERA in his next 17 appearances. Then came a forgettable Monday night in a 7-4 loss to the Cleveland Indians. Ramirez entered the game…

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King Felix Hernandez tames the Rays hitters once again

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If Felix Hernandez is the King, then what regal nickname should be bestowed on shortstop Ketel Marte? While Hernandez was as regal as always, it was Marte who delivered the knockout shot against the Tampa Bay Rays in a 5-3 victory. The Seattle Mariners‘ Marte had four hits on the night, including the winning three-run homer in the sixth. Tampa Bay, as a team, had only four hits. Two of them were home runs by Corey Dickerson and Evan Longoria,…

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Rays’ Chris Archer gives up four home runs in loss to Orioles

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If he’s going to continue to be thought of as the team’s ace,  Chris Archer of the Tampa Bay Rays has some work to do. Archer lost his second game of the year, giving up four home runs to the Baltimore Orioles in a game the Rays lost 6-1. Going back to last season, Archer has not won in eight starts. Over that stretch, Archer is 0-5 with an ERA above 6.00 during that stretch. The Rays are 2-6 in those…

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Suddenly powerful Rays give Chris Archer sufficient support

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For a chance, Chris Archer had plenty of run support. So much so that he should have saved some. The offense of the Tampa Bay Rays, dormant for much of the season, broke out with a season-high four home runs in an 11-3 victory over the White Sox. Archer, who had been getting only 2.45 runs of support per game, won for the first time since June 23. He had lost his last four decisions. It was the third straight…

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Low-scoring Rays seek a jolt of power from Richie Shaffer

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The Tampa Bay Rays are looking for power. Now, they think that prospect Richie Shaffer may be able to provide it. The Rays, last in the American League in scoring, have promoted Shaffer, a power-hitting first baseman, to the big club. Shaffer has 23 home runs at Durham and Montgomery this season. He had 19 a year ago. He is only hitting .262, and he only hit .222 last season, so Shaffer might not quite be ready. But given the…

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