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Rays lose pitcher Jake Odorizzi to hamstring injury in loss to Red Sox

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The Tampa Bay Rays managed to scrape together a pretty good pitching game Saturday. The hitting? Not so much. The Rays dropped a 2-1 loss to the Boston Red Sox, falling back to even on the season. The Rays were forced to piece together the efforts of five pitchers after starter Jake Odorizzi left in the second inning with a tight hamstring. Boston’s Chris Sale, meanwhile, was dominant. He struck out 12 in seven innings and allowed only three hits…

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Red-hot Rays finish first home streak of the season at 5-2 with win over Blue Jays

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The Tampa Bay Rays have started the 2017 baseball season as if they were trying to make you reconsider. The Rays, last in the American League East a year ago, ran their record to a franchise-best 5-2 start to a season Sunday with a 7-2 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays. The Rays are currently in second place in the AL East, a half-game behind Baltimore. This time, the Rays competed hard enough that their angst showed a couple of…

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Yankees’ C.C. Sabathia tames Rays bats, brings Tampa Bay to earth

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Oh, yeah. There are the Tampa Bay Rays. Two days after the euphoria of a huge win on Opening Day, the Rays fell back somewhat to last year’s performance, losing a 5-0 game to the New York Yankees. This time, no one was talking about parades. No one suggested anyone run for office. The Rays had only five hits in the shutout, and four of those didn’t clear the infield. “Yes,” Rays’ manager Kevin Cash said when asked if he…

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Rays’ Jake Odorizzi dazzles against Rangers in big victory

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Suddenly, it’s a Jake Odorizzi world. Suddenly, the Tampa Bay Rays have a chance when he’s on the mound. In seven starts since the all-star game, Odorizzi has improved his record to 5-0 with an AL-leadng ERA of 1.64. He has improved his record to 8-5. The Rays followed Odorizzi to their fifth win in their last six games Saturday night, an 8-2 blasting of the Texas Rangers. The Rays have outscored their opponents 47-14 during those six games. “Odo…

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Jake Odorizzi again shines as Tampa Bay wins one against New York

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The bottom of the American League East standings is hardly the place you would look for an ace. Nevertheless, Jake Odorizzi of the Tampa Bay Rays continues to shine. Odorizzi, 4-0 in his last six starts, took another victory Sunday in a 12-3 victory over the New York Yankees. Odorizzi has a 1.66 ERA since the break. The Rays led only 3-2 going into the fourth inning, but scored six runs that inning and four more in the seventh. In the…

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Tampa Bay’s Jake Odorizzi tames Royals in Rays’ big 12-0 victory

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Maybe Jake Odorizzi will never give up another run. Certainly, Odorizzi is pitching that way for the Tampa Bay Rays. His last three straights – 20 2/3 innings – have been scoreless. He’s given up a total of 13 hits. Wednesday night, Odorizzi threw a two-hit shutout in six innings, and the Rays won a 12-0 game over a Kansas City team that had had its way with Tampa Bay this season. The Royals had won 12 of 13 games.…

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Rays’ Jake Odorizzi keeps starting pitching streak going well

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It isn’t the hottest the Tampa Bay Rays have ever been. On the other hand, it’s decent. And this season, that’s as good as Tampa Bay has been. The Rays ran their second-half record to 6-7 on Friday night, winning the first game of a 10-game homestand. Tampa Bay won 5-1 over the New York Yankees with five of the team’s seven hits going for extra bases. Tampa Bay has won six of its last 11 after winning three of…

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