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Rays’ rookie Richie Shaffer homers to lead victory over the Mets

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Tampa Bay, say hello to Richie Shaffer. Shaffer, the Rays’ publicized young infielder, went three-for-three, scored three runs and had the game-winning home run for the Rays, as they won their series with a 4-3 victory over the New York Mets. Shaffer, playing designated hitter in his first game at Tropicana Field, led off the seventh inning with his tie-breaking homer. For the second straight game, the Rays fell behind 3-0 early. This time, it was when Rays’ starter Chris…

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Rays demote Matt Moore after he was shellacked by Red Sox

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The Rays have pulled Matt Moore from the rotation. The only question: What took them so long? The Rays demoted Moore on Saturday night, just after he struggled again in an 11-7 loss to the Boston Red Sox, a loss that dropped the Rays to three games under .500 for the first time all year. The Rays have won only 11 of their last 34 games. Wtih the Rays, everyone has fond memories of what Moore used to be. However,…

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Tampa Bay Rays complete a forgettable month of bad baseball

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Nine years. More than a thousand games. And now, they’re back. Miserable again. The Tampa Bay Rays completed their worst month in years Friday night in Boston, dropping a 5-7 decision to the Red Sox that left them with a 9-16 record for the month of July, the worst record in the major leagues. To find a worse complete month for Tampa Bay, you have to go back all the way to 2007, the first season of Joe Maddon and…

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Tim Beckham’s big hit sparks Rays in late comeback

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For a while, it appeared that Chris Archer was going to be able to suie the Rays for non-support once again. Through six innings, the Rays had zero runs on his behalf, and it looked very much as the Tampa Bay offense would be shut out for the fifth time this season. The Rays, however, rallied for three runs in the the bottom of the eighth inning to salvage the first game of a three-game series with Baltimore. John Jaso…

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Rays finish first half by sweeping the Astros behind bullpen

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Who says a team has to hit the baseball to win? The Tampa Bay Rays closed out the first half of their season Sunday afternoon by sweeping the Houston Astros with a 4-3 victory. That left the Rays one game over .500 after 91 games, three games behind the New York Yankees in the American League East. The truth be told, the Rays didn’t exactly bludgeon the Astros in the series. They won with four hits, seven hits and five…

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Even Chris Archer can’t stop the Rays’ downward spiral

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Et tu, Ace? All of the things that have gone wrong for the Tampa Bay Rays in their recent slide culminated in this. Chris Archer, in his audition to be the all-star starter, bombed. In six innings Wednesday night, he gave up 12 hits and nine – count them, nine – earned runs in a 9-7 loss to the Kansas City Royals. Archer had given up only four runs total in his previous seven road starts. The Rays are now…

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Rays lose 7-1 as Kansas City completes a sweep of its doubleheader

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Fifteen minutes ago, it seems, it was a Tampa Bay Ray world. It was June 21, and they were 10 games above .500, on top of the AL East, and it seemed the Rays had it all figured out. Then the bottom fell out, and the Rays have lost 13 of their last 16, and the record is back to .500, and the team has fallen to fourth of five teams in the division. And suddenly, Tampa Bay looks like…

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