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Trade deadline day: Tim Beckham headed to Orioles in last-minute deal

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The Baltimore Orioles bolstered their injury-depleted infield by acquiring Tim Beckham from the Tampa Bay Rays for a minor league pitcher just before the trading deadline expired. Beckham is batting .259 in 87 games with the Rays. He’s played second base, third and shortstop.

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Late HR lifts Jays over Rays, 7-6

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Russell Martin hit a tiebreaking home run in the bottom of the eighth inning to lift the Toronto Blue Jays to a 7-6 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday night. Kendrys Morales homered among his two hits and drove in four runs for the Blue Jays, who won after giving up a three-run lead in the top of the eighth. Trailing 6-3, the Rays tied it on Logan Morrison‘s 19th homer, a two-run shot off reliever Joe Smith…

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5 Blue Jays pitchers hold Rays to 3 hits in 2-1 win

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Joe Biagini and four relievers combined on a three-hitter, Darwin Barney hit a tiebreaking homer in the eighth inning and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Tampa Bay Rays 2-1 on Sunday. The Blue Jays took two of three from the Rays to win a road series for the first time this season (1-4-1). It also was just the fifth time in 31 tries since 2007 that Toronto won a series at Tropicana Field (5-23-3). Biagini allowed an unearned run,…

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Justin Smoak homers leading Blue Jays over Rays

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As they try to recover from a tough start, the stakes sure feel high to the Toronto Blue Jays. Justin Smoak had three hits, including a two-run homer, and the Blue Jays beat the Tampa Bay Rays 4-1 Saturday to end a three-game losing streak. Smoak went 3 for 3 and scored twice as Toronto improved to 7-17. “Every win, we need,” Smoak said. It was Smoak’s fifth multihit game of the season. He raised his average to .274. “We’re…

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Carlos Beltran, Jonathan Lucroy, Jay Bruce among 18 traded by deadline

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Jonathan Lucroy got a deal he liked, Carlos Beltran joined him in Texas and Jay Bruce and Rich Hill also moved Monday during an 18-swap frenzy at the trade deadline. Matt Moore, Francisco Liriano and Joe Smith found new homes, too, as playoff contenders stocked up for the stretch. “That’s what we play for. Those are the moments we want to be in,” Moore said after NL West-leading San Francisco got the lefty from last-place Tampa Bay. “For someone to…

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Is Kathleen Ford’s new TV spot some sort of Halloween spoof?

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When I first saw Kathleen Ford at a podium in front of a green-screened American flag, I thought this had to be a Halloween spoof. Evidently, this commercial really was put out by her campaign. Not as bad as that fake commercial for Joe Smith, but this ad certainly is the worst television commercial produced by one of the mayoral campaigns. And I don’t think anyone EVER wants Kathleen Ford imagining anything for them!

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Preview of St. Pete City Council races: Steve Kornell and Angela Rouson square off, Danner lays low and Kennedy could be in trouble

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On the undercard of this November’s municipal elections are five races for the St. Petersburg City Council that range in intensity from the very exciting to the very boring. Here’s how they break down: District 2: Exciting – Incumbent Jim Kennedy is in trouble. How much trouble? I’m not sure. But, having met his opponent Steve Corsetti, I know Kennedy has a race on his hands. Corsetti is the kind of plain-spoken candidate that, for better or worse, appeals to…

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