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When it comes to the Lightning, have you heard this before?

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Groundhog day, and the Tampa Bay Lightning are repeating themselves. Check out Thursday night’s 5-2 loss to the Ottawa Senators. They started with a lead. They fell behind. They got off only 21 shots. And they lost their second game in a four-game home stand (and third overall)  that was supposed to turn all of this around. “What did Punxsutawney Phil say?” Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. He was told six more weeks of winter. “Let’s hope not,” he said.…

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Rays start the second half the same as the first, by losing another game

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Yeah, they’re still the Tampa Bay Rays. The Rays resumed their season Friday night, and they resumed their dismal play. This time, the Rays lost 4-3 to the Baltimore Orioles, their 18th straight loss to a first-place team. John Schoop’s eighth-inning home run broke a 3-3 tie to lead to the loss. For the Rays, it was the 23rd loss in 26 games, and it lowered the team’s record to 34-55 on the season. Tampa Bay had a 3-1 lead…

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Rays return to their losing ways as Chris Archer falls to Boston Red Sox

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Well, that didn’t last very long. The Tampa Bay Rays, who snapped an 11-game losing streak Monday night, were right back at it on Tuesday. This time, they lost an 8-2 game to the Boston Red Sox, giving them 12 losses in 13 games. During that streak, the Rays’ pitching has given up 87 runs, or 6.7 per game. In particular, the bullpen has been awful. The Rays bullpen has a major-league-worst 9.00 ERA (36 earned runs in 36 innings…

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Rays squander lead, Evan Longoria homers in loss to O’s

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There were times they seemed to have the game in hand. There were times they let it slip through their fingers. The Tampa Bay Rays‘ winning streak ended Wednesday night when they blew a 7-6 defeat to the Baltimore Orioles. The Rays blew a 4-0 lead and a 6-4 lead in the ninth along their way to the loss, squandering a pair of home runs by Evan Longoria along the way. It was Longoria’s 200th and 201st home runs of…

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Rowdies struggle in loss to Indy, but still in combined race

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As it turns out, the Tampa Bay Rowdies aren’t playing well in the middle of the week, either. The Rowdies lost 2-0 to the Indy 11, one of the few teams that had been ranked below Tampa Bay in this stumbling Fall Season. The Rowdies fell to 10th of the NASL’s 11 teams in the Fall, losing despite returning to goalkeeper Matt Pickens. The teams were scoreless going into the 60th minute when Dane Richards scored. Erick Norales added a…

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Freddy Adu makes his debut for the Rowdies in a 3-1 loss to the Strikers

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ST. PETERSBURG — The stage was set for one of those movie-script stories. It was extra time, and the home team trailed by one in its rivalry game, and the ball was on the foot of Freddy Adu. Already, he had an assist, and he came into the box, darting and weaving. He lifted the ball up softly toward the goal… and it was tipped away for a corner kick. Fourteen minutes into his Tampa Bay Rowdies era, and Adu…

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Rays lose again despite an offensive ‘explosion’

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Perhaps it is a good thing the Tampa Bay Rays were not on television Thursday. These days, the Rays are just too hard to watch. The Rays were swept in their four-game series against the Cleveland Indians, and their ccurrent streak fell to only 2-9, and the Rays took firm control of fourth place in the AL East. This time, the Rays lost in the 10th inning on a home run by Mike Aviles. Yeah, it has looked ugly lately.…

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