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Rays beat Blue Jays in extra innings behind Mallex Smith’s big night

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For a moment, it appeared that the strategy had worked. It hadn’t. For a moment, it appeared that the Toronto Blue Jays could get out of the jam. They couldn’t. The Tampa Bay Rays won another close one Saturday night, edging the Blue Jays in 11 innings. And the catalyst to it all was a speedy outfielder who had a career night. Mallex Smith reached base five times, on two hits and three walks. He hit a double and scored…

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Single by Rays’ Curt Casali leads team to first walkoff victory of year

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The unlikiest of heros led the Tampa Bay Rays to their first walk-off victory of the season Saturday night. Curt Casali, hitting .146, singled in Brad Miller, hitting .185, and the Rays pulled their record to 10-11 on the season with a  4-3 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays. The Rays, who won only three walk-offs a year ago, trailed 3-2 into the seventh before Logan Forsythe hit a home run to tie the game. Forsythe is now hitting .341…

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Steven Souza Jr. leads Rays to series split with Blue Jays

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The impact that the Tampa Bay Rays wanted when they brought Steven Souza Jr. to the franchise a year ago looked, well, something like what fans saw Wednesday afternoon. Souza claimed the afternoon for his own, guiding the Rays to their second straight win of the season. Souza had four hits, including two home runs and a double, to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-3. Souza also drove in four. For the fourth game in a row, Toronto took a…

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Rulebook helps Tampa Bay Rays get their first victory of year

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The Tampa Bay Rays finally won a game Wednesday night, but it happened in one of the oddest ways possible. All hail the rule book. The Rays won 3-2 when Toronto Blue Jay Jose Bautista was called out for an illegal slide in the ninth inning Wednesday. He reached out with his left hand and made contact with second baseman Logan Forsythe, who had thrown wildly to first and, for a moment, seemed to let in Ryan Goins with the tying…

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Jays start off fast, Marcus Stroman starts off strong against Rays

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For starters, this was no way for the Tampa Bay Rays to behave. For starters, this was all about the Toronto Blue Jays, a team a lot of people are picking to win the American League East. The Jays hit every proper button early and got off to a quick lead over the Rays and then coasted to a 5-3 victory. How is this for a start? The Jays scored two runs before the Rays ever came to bat. Pitcher…

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Tampa Bay Rays don’t excite the gamblers in the baseball universe

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The Tampa Bay Rays are 10 times as unlikely to win the World Series as the Toronto Blue Jays. According to betting odds published by Bovada, the red-hot Blue Jays are suddenly the betting favorite in baseball to win the World Series. They get 4-1 odds, barely better than the 5-1 that the Kansas City Royals get. The Dodgers and Cardinals are both 8-1 and the Mets 9-1. The Rays? Well, they’re a 40-1 longshot, tied with Baltimore for 13th…

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Rays get runners on but can’t get them home against Jays

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No wonder the Tampa Bay Rays had trouble knocking in runs Monday night, what with umpires taking their bats and all. The Rays left 14 runners stranded on base in an 8-5 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays, leaving them loaded in the second and eighth inning and seeing an early 3-1 lead evaporate. Toronto broke open a 3-3 game with four runs in the sixth inning. For the Rays, one of the strangest plays of the night came when…

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