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Rays have a rare offensive explosion to bash Toronto Blue Jays

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Those were the Tampa Bay Rays? The guys with a season-high 13 runs? The guys with a season-high 17 hits? The guys winning by a huge margin? Yeah, those were the Rays, all right, blowing out the Toronto Blue Jays 13-2 on Monday night. All 11 position players had a hit for Tampa Bay, and four of them had home runs. The Rays improved their record to 17-19 for the season. The Rays jumped on Toronto early, scoring two in…

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Once again, could this be the year for Desmond Jennings?

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For most players, excellent springs are nice to have. But they aren’t essential. You get a few at-bats. You field a few fly balls. You work on your timing. You fine-tune your conditioning. But for most, it really doesn’t matter if you hit .210 or .340. It’s practice, for goodness sakes. It’s a dress rehearsal. For Desmond Jennings of the Tampa Bay Rays, however, spring is essential. Jennings, the left-fielder for the Rays, has always been a bundle of potential…

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Rays’ Desmond Jennings hopes he can stay healthy in 2016

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Stop us if you’ve heard this one before. Desmond Jennings is ready to play. He’s optimistic about the season. He thinks this will be the year that everything comes together. Won’t it? Jennings, 29, played in only 28 games last year. But general manager Matt Silverman has said that anytime Jennings is on the field, he has a chance to be the best player there. So once again, the Rays are caught between hope and expectations. “Every year, I come…

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Rays think they can figure in playoffs if they stay healthy

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Here at the beginning, the Tampa Bay Rays feel confident they will be there at the end. General manager Matt Silverman and manager Kevin Cash agreed Thursday that, going into the season, the Rays’ goal is to reach the post-season. An improved lineup and a solid set of starting pitchers have more strengths than the bullpen has questions. “I feel like we’re a better club,” Silverman said. “You look year after year, at the talent on the club. With the…

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Rays’ Brad Boxberger struggles in 9th, but manages his 30th save

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For Brad Boxberger, one hand was enough. Finally. Boxberger, the Tampa Bay Rays’ closer who has fallen on hard times lately, garnered his 30th save with a little difficulty Friday night. He gave up a run, a wild pitch and three hits, and he had the tying and winning runs in scoring position with one out. Still, he had a strikeout and a flyout to work his way out of trouble in a 2-1 victory over Oakland. For Boxberger, who…

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Rays beat Houston 1-0 behind Chris Archer’s dazzling performance

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Every now and then, a player takes a game as his own. Every now and then, the other players on the field are only supporting characters. For Chris Archer of the Tampa Bay Rays, Thursday’s game against the Houston Astros was such a night. Archer was as impressive as in any game this season, throwing a one-hit shutout against the Astros and striking out 11 batters. It was the Rays’ first complete game in the last 154, and Archer’s first…

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Rays lose one late as Rangers manage to get to reliever Jake McGee

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This time, there was no comeback. This time, there was no close-out. This time, the Tampa Bay Rays lost. The Rays had a four-game winning streak snapped in a 5-3 loss to the Texas Rangers Friday night, a rare game in that they didn’t come from behind to win, as they have done 24 times, and they didn’t have their bullpen star late in the game, as in most of their victories. Hard-throwing pitcher Jake McGee entered with a 3-3…

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