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Astros hand Tampa Bay’s Chris Archer his eighth loss of the season

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Chris Archer was good. But not good enough. Steve Pearce had three hits. But the rest of the team had only three. The Tampa Bay Rays made a run at the end. But they fell short. And so it went for the Rays Saturday night. They fell, 4-3, to the Houston Astros in a game that wasn’t quite good enough. Tampa Bay fell to four games under .500 with the loss. “He was outstanding,” Rays’ manager Kevin Cash said. “He…

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Rays hit three more homers, but score too few against Mariners

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The Tampa Bay Rays keep hitting the ball a long way. They also keep having very little to show for it. Take Tuesday night, when Tampa Bay got three home runs in its game against Seattle … which accounted for three runs. The Mariners, on the other hand, hit two out and scored five runs off it in a 6-4 victory. It’s been that way all year. The Rays came into the game hitting .225, their worst to this point of the season by…

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Rays’ hitters come to life in victory over Los Angeles Dodgers

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It starts when you notice a toe twitch. Then there is a low moan. Then comes the faint heartbeat. My goodness, the offense of the Tampa Bay Rays is alive! That offense, dormant most of the season, finally flipped the switch Wednesday night against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Rays hit four home runs and two doubles and went on to an 8-5 victory. The Rays are now 12-14 on the season. The Rays got a home run from Brandon…

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Could the offense of the Rays be better with Corey Dickerson?

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In years past, you wondered if their bats were big enough. There was an impotence to the offense of the Tampa Bay Rays. They were never going to score enough runs, and good pitching was always going to let them down. The last two months of last season were an aberration. Often, you simply couldn’t count on the Rays scoring enough. Could that be changing with this off-season? Maybe. The Rays have brought in Corey Dickerson, a career .299 hitter,…

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Rays think free agent Steve Pearce can bounce back in ’16

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The latest free agent acquisition of the Tampa Bay Rays follows a familiar theme: buy low, sell high. The Rays have agreed to terms with ex-Baltimore outfielder Steve Pearce, who struggled through his most recent season but showed upside before that. Pearce hit only .218 last season, and his OPS and his power numbers slid. But the Rays think they can use Pearce in the outfield, at first base and as a designated hitter. Last year, Pearce’s doubles fell from…

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