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Rays keep their mini-winning streak alive as Drew Smyly beats Yankees

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If you do not think of the Tampa Bay Rays‘ overall record, then the latest streak by the team is a little bit of fun. On the other hand, perhaps that’s just how bad this season has gone. The Rays won their third straight game Saturday night, and came within one win of equaling their season high, with a 6-3 victory over the New York Yankees. The Rays got their 10th straight quality start by a starting pitcher, tying for the…

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Rays get another good start, but lose another game to Kansas City

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The Tampa Bay Rays are pitching better. It isn’t helping. The Rays had their fourth straight quality start Monday night, but the Kansas City Royals blew the game open with a four-run eighth inning in a 6-2 victory. The Rays lost their eighth game in their last 10 and fell to five games below .500 for the first time this season. The Rays are in the cellar in the American League East. Matt Andriese went seven innings, the fourth straight…

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At age 26, Rays’ Chris Archer has become a star pitcher

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When he was 26, it was a very good year. For David Price, the old Tampa Bay Rays’ pitcher, it was the finest of times. He won 20 that year. He won the Cy Young in 2012. As far as pitching is concerned, he put a claim in on the future. So far, Chris Archer has been better. He is 26 now, and Archer is putting in a claim of his own. He has been dominant, especially in his last…

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Despite injuries, Rays hold onto first in AL East

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There are days, when the bullpen is dazzling and the defense is on, when you look at them and nod. Those are the days of great declarations. Those are the days you look at the Tampa Bay Rays and nod. On such days, you think. “This! This is a first-place team!” Then are days such as Sunday, when hitting is cold and the pitching is frayed, when you look at them and shrug. Those are the days of great exasperation.…

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