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Rays take over last place with loss to Toronto Blue Jays

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Bad teams leave runners on base. Bad teams let games slip away. Bad teams continue to lose. Good teams? They get hits with two outs and two strikes. They pull games out. Good teams continue to win. And so the Tampa Bay Rays lost another game Monday, taking over last place in the American League with a 7-5 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays (coupled with Minnesota’s 3-1 victory over Houston). The Rays are now 45-66 on the season, ahead…

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Rays nearing the bottom as their worst-ever losing streak continues

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From here, you can see the bottom. The freefall of the Tampa Bay Rays continued Saturday afternoon with a 4-1 loss to the Boston Red Sox. It was the team’s 21st loss in their last 24 games, and it brought the Rays to within 3 ½ games of the Minnesota Twins, who are last in the American League The Rays, like most of the month, didn’t have enough going on Saturday. Matt Moore started and gave up two earned runs…

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Punchless offense leads Rays to yet another defeat against Los Angeles Angels

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The longer the Tampa Bay Rays hang around, the more likely it is that something bad is going to happen to them. Take Thursday afternoon, for instance. Rookie Blake Snell threw five shutout innings and allowed only three hits, the same as the Los Angeles Angels’ Hector Santiago. But over the final four innings, the Angels pulled out a 5-1 victory with the last three runs coming off the bullpen. The Rays struck out 13 times and had only five hits. Snell fell to 1-4 on…

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Rays’ Matt Silverman thinks the Rays can still turn their season around

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Despite the losing streak, despite fifth place, despite the empty seats, Matt Silverman believes. Furthermore, he believes the Tampa Bay Rays believe, too. Silverman, speaking before Monday night’s game against the Boston Red Sox, conceded that the team’s record hasn’t matched expectations, but he said there was still time to turn things around. “It’s been a really rough stretch for us,” said Silverman, the president of baseball operations. “It dates back to when we lost (Kevin) Kiermaier. Since then, we’ve…

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Rays lose another as their streak falls to nine games in a row

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The undefeated pitcher didn’t make it out of the fifth. The winless pitcher threw a four-hitter. And, for the Tampa Bay Rays, the losing goes on. The Rays dropped a 5-0 game to the Baltimore Orioles in the first game of a day-night doubleheader Saturday afternoon, stretching their losing streak to nine straight games with no sign of relief. If the Rays had a shot at finally beating a first place team, it figured to be Saturday. Rays’ starting pitcher…

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Rays near last place after being beaten by Baltimore Orloles

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With six losses in their last eight games, the Tampa Bay Rays find themselves a half-step away from last place in the American League East. The Rays moved to within a half-game of the cellar-dwelling Boston Red Sox following a 2-1 defeat at the hands of the Baltimore Orioles. Tampa Bay is now six games under .500 at 71-77. The Rays scored in the first inning to tie the game at one, but they didn’t cross the plate again. They…

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