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Rays’ Chris Archer loses franchise-tying 18th game of the season

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There wasn’t anything particularly new to the way Chris Archer of the Tampa Bay Rays lost his 18th game of the year Saturday afternoon. He didn’t give up a lot of hits. Only four. He didn’t give up a lot of runs. Only three in seven innings. He did give up home run balls. Two of them. In the end, Archer still was the losing pitcher in a 5-1 loss to the New York Yankees Saturday. It was Archer’s franchise-tying 18th defeat (tying…

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Rays give up back-to-back homers in ninth to lose to Astros

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For a last-place team, most nights end in disappointment. Still, there are the routine losses, and the wipeouts. There are boring losses. There are losses by the rotation and the batting order. Then, there are games like this, where the defeat reminds you of the standings. The Tampa Bay Rays dropped a 5-4 game to the Houston Astros Friday night as closer Alex Colome, the team’s all-star this year, gave up back-to-back homers in the bottom of the ninth to…

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Yankees hit five home runs in easy victory over Rays

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It’s too soon to call them the new Murderer’s Row. For an afternoon, however, the new New York Yankees blasted the Tampa Bay Rays. The Yankees hit five home runs, the most anyone has hit against Tampa Bay all season, in an 8-4 mashing of the Rays, 46-69 on the season. The Rays are the only team in the AL East that has not won at least 60 games this year. New York got home runs from Tyler Austin and…

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Home runs lead the Rays to a series sweep against Angels

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The Tampa Bay Rays have scored an inordinate amount of their runs via the long ball. On a day such as Sunday, who’s complaining? The Rays hit two more home runs against the Los Angeles Angels Sunday, powering their way to a 3-1 victory. It was the first series sweep of the season for the Rays, and it lifted them above .500 at 15-14 for the year. In all, it wasn’t a bad day for the Rays, who got the…

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Rays’ hitters come to life in victory over Los Angeles Dodgers

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It starts when you notice a toe twitch. Then there is a low moan. Then comes the faint heartbeat. My goodness, the offense of the Tampa Bay Rays is alive! That offense, dormant most of the season, finally flipped the switch Wednesday night against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Rays hit four home runs and two doubles and went on to an 8-5 victory. The Rays are now 12-14 on the season. The Rays got a home run from Brandon…

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Rays’ Steven Souza Jr. headed back to disabled list with broken hand

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The Tampa Bay Rays can’t catch a break. Except for the wrong kind, that is. Outfielder Steven Souza Jr., who leads the team in home runs with 15 despite not hitting one in a month, will go on the disabled list with a broken hand. He was hit by a pitch by Boston pitcher Joe Kelly in the fifth inning. The Rays had just gotten Souza back into the lineup after he received a lacerated finger after being hit by…

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