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Rays go extra innings to nip Angels

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Jake Faria had about 200 friends and family members in the stands to watch him pitch for the Tampa Bay Rays in a stadium five minutes from his childhood home. The rest of the Big A crowd had its eyes squarely on Mike Trout in his return from a 39-game injury absence. Faria and Trout both had solid performances before Brad Miller took care of another win for the Rays.

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Rays blank Angels 4-0

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Matt Andriese allowed six hits over eight innings, Colby Rasmus drove in four runs and the Tampa Bay Rays salvaged a split of a four-game series with Los Angeles by beating the Angels 4-0 on Thursday. Andriese (5-1) improved to 4-0 over his last five starts, holding the Angels to 1 for 11 with runners in scoring position. Los Angeles threatened in five innings against the right-hander. Rasmus had a pair of key two-out hits with the bases loaded: a…

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Angels shut out Rays 4-0

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Cameron Maybin and Mike Trout hit back-to-back home runs to begin the game, Matt Shoemaker won his third consecutive start and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Tampa Bay Rays 4-0 on Tuesday night. Maybin led off by homering on a 3-1 pitch from Alex Cobb. Trout connected on the next pitch for his 15th homer, including seven in his last 11 games. Shoemaker (4-2), coming off victories over Detroit and the Chicago White Sox, gave up three hits, three…

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Wild pitch helps Angels beat Rays 3-2

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Jefry Marte scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch in the seventh inning to help the Los Angeles Angels beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-2 on Monday night. The Angels, who have won six of eight, pushed across the run without a hit in the seventh inning against Tampa Bay relievers Jumbo Diaz (0-3) and Ryne Stanek. After walking Mike Trout intentionally to load the bases with two out, Stanek threw a ball in the dirt while facing Albert Pujols,…

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Yanks avoid sweep with 3-2 win over Rays

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Yankees manager Joe Girardi couldn’t help but smile when talking about 5-foot-11 Brett Gardner going deep again and 6-foot-7 Aaron Judge making an unbelievable diving catch. Gardner hit his eighth home run, one more than this 2016 total, and CC Sabathia won consecutive starts for the first time in nearly a year to help New York beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-2 Sunday and avoid a three-game sweep. Didi Gregorius had an RBI single in the second for the second…

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Baseball All-Star Game again dominated by surrounding events

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As usual, everything leading up to the Major League Baseball All-Star Game overshadowed the game itself. This time, the gap was even wider. The American League (yawn) again disposed of their inferior step brothers in the National League, 6-3. Those looking only at the box score may be impressed with the nine total runs put on the board by the best players in the game. The numbers lie when taking into consideration the venue of the game. Cincinnati’s Great American Ballpark…

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