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Rays drop series finale in Oakland; Steve Souza, Jr. injured

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Sonny Gray struck out six pitching into the seventh in what might have been his final home start in Oakland if the club tries to deal him before the trade deadline, and the Athletics rallied in the fifth inning to beat the Tampa Bay Rays 7-2 on Wednesday. Matt Joyce hit a towering homer to the right-field seats in the eighth for Oakland. Rajai Davis doubled home Oakland’s first run in the fifth then Joyce followed with a tying sacrifice fly before Davis scurried home…

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Rays rally in 9th to beat Athletics

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Tampa Bay hasn’t been so close to first place this late in the season since 2013, and Rays manager Kevin Cash wants his players to soak it up and enjoy every minute of it. The roar that emerged from the clubhouse following Tampa Bay’s ninth-inning comeback was proof that the Rays are doing just that.

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Mallex Smith has 3 hits; Rays beat A’s 5-4

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Mallex Smith had three hits and used his speed to set up the go-ahead run and the Tampa Bay Rays took three of four from the Oakland Athletics with a 5-4 victory Sunday. Smith had a bunt single leading off the seventh and went to third after reliever Daniel Coulombe (0-1) was charged with an error for an errant throw to first that ended up in the right-field corner. Tampa Bay went ahead 5-4 when Corey Dickerson hit a sacrifice…

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Rays, A’s split rare doubleheader

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The game was already long and there would be another one. Evan Longoria wanted to get it over. “We didn’t need more extra innings in a game like today,” Longoria said after his RBI single in the 10th inning lifted the Tampa Bay Rays over the Oakland Athletics 6-5 Saturday. “It’s been quite a while since I’ve gotten a walk-off hit. It felt good.” The Rays’ fourth straight win came in the opener of the majors’ first regularly scheduled doubleheader…

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