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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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Rays trade Matt Moore to Giants for three players including Matt Duffy

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The Tampa Bay Rays have an opening in their rotation. The Rays moved starting pitcher Matt Moore and his large contract to San Francisco, getting three players in return. Coming to Tampa Bay will be infielder Matt Duffy and minor league shortstop Lucius Fox. The Rays get Duffy, a lifetime .281 hitter (hitting .253 this season). Except for that, they kept to their blueprint and tried to improve their farm system. Also, the Rays sent outfielder/first baseman Steve Pierce back to Baltimore, where he played in previous seasons,…

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What can the Tampa Bay Rays do about pitcher Chris Archer’s struggles?

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They gave Drew Smyly a day off. They sent Matt Andriese to the bullpen. They sent Dana Eveland to the minors. Ah, but what should the Tampa Bay Rays do with Chris Archer? Archer, an all-star a year ago, continued his terrible start to his season, and to his games, in a 6-1 loss the Cleveland Wednesday night. It was the Rays’ seventh straight loss, the longest of the season, and it left them eight games under .500. Archer’s horrible…

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Cleveland sends spiraling Tampa Bay Rays to longest losing streak of season

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Uh-oh. The reeling Tampa Bay Rays were clobbered again Tuesday night, losing a 6-0 game to Cleveland that took the Rays to depths they have not seen this season. It was the sixth straight defeat for the Rays, a season-high, and it left the team seven games under .500. For the third consecutive night, the Rays were competitive until late. This time, a three-run eighth inning by the Cleveland Indians did Tampa Bay in. The Rays had only three hits…

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Rays, Chris Archer, lose another game to Cleveland Indians

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Is it officially a slow start yet? The Tampa Bay Rays are not hitting. Their starting pitchers are not winning. The defense is spotty. And the stars are not shining. Chris Archer lost again to Cleveland, falling to 0-3 on the season. He is 0-6 in his last nine starts dating back to last August. For the third straight game, the Rays were one-hit for most of the outing before winding up with five hits but zero runs. The Rays’…

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Rays’ Logan Forsythe goes deep as Tampa Bay wins series opener

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The Tampa Bay Rays saved it for the end. Held to one hit for most of the night by Cleveland Indians pitcher Corey Kluber, the Rays rallied in the seventh and eighth for four hits and four runs to win the opening game of their series, 5-1, Tuesday night at Tropicana Field. Kluber was rolling. He had a one-hit shutout through seven before the Rays’ bats came alive. In the seventh, Corey Dickerson doubled, and Desmond Jennings followed with a…

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Rays lose again despite an offensive ‘explosion’

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Perhaps it is a good thing the Tampa Bay Rays were not on television Thursday. These days, the Rays are just too hard to watch. The Rays were swept in their four-game series against the Cleveland Indians, and their ccurrent streak fell to only 2-9, and the Rays took firm control of fourth place in the AL East. This time, the Rays lost in the 10th inning on a home run by Mike Aviles. Yeah, it has looked ugly lately.…

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