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Trade deadline day: Tim Beckham headed to Orioles in last-minute deal

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The Baltimore Orioles bolstered their injury-depleted infield by acquiring Tim Beckham from the Tampa Bay Rays for a minor league pitcher just before the trading deadline expired. Beckham is batting .259 in 87 games with the Rays. He’s played second base, third and shortstop.

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Rays to end disappointing month of June in Baltimore

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When the time comes to look back on the 2017 season, the Tampa Bay Rays should remember June as a month filled with missed opportunities. While they can still make some noise in the second half of the season, they missed a good chance to establish themselves as a bona fide contender for a playoff spot. Heading into June, Tampa Bay had every reason to be optimistic. They finished May with a winning record, including a 10-4 mark on the…

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Jameson Taillon keeps Rays in check as Pirates roll to 4-0 victory

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Jameson Taillon scattered seven hits over 6 1/3 innings, Gregory Polanco and John Jaso hit solo home runs and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Tampa Bay Rays 4-0 on Thursday night. Taillon (4-2) walked two and struck out four in his longest outing since returning from a battle with testicular cancer earlier this month, lowering his ERA to 2.97 despite allowing at least one base runner in six of the seven innings he worked. Andrew McCutchen went 3 for 3 with an RBI single. The 2013 National League MVP is hitting…

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Pirates jump on Blake Snell in return, top Rays 6-2

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Jose Osuna doubled twice and drove in two runs and rookie Josh Bell hit his 15th homer of the season as the Pittsburgh Pirates jumped on Tampa Bay’s Blake Snell early in a 6-2 victory on Wednesday night. Osuna’s ground-rule RBI double sparked a four-run two-out rally in the first off Snell (0-5) in his return to the starting rotation after a stint in Triple-A. Bell led off the fourth with a solo home run and Osuna added another RBI…

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Rays blow 9th inning lead, win in 10th

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David Freese misplayed a groundball at third base, allowing Steven Souza Jr. to score in the 10th inning and giving the Tampa Bay Rays a 4-2 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday night. With Souza at first base and no outs, Wilson Ramos hit a hard grounder off Felipe Rivero (3-2) that Freese missed while trying to backhand. Adeiny Hechavarria added a sacrifice fly in the inning, giving him two RBIs in his first game since being traded from…

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Play ball! 3 games on opening day, with Royals-Mets rematch

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Andrew McCutchen vs. Adam Wainwright in the first inning, Josh Donaldson and the bangin’ Toronto Blue Jays teeing off later, then a World Series rematch in Kansas City. Neat way to begin opening day. The forecast at PNC Park calls for temperatures in the upper 30s on Sunday afternoon when McCutchen and the Pittsburgh Pirates host the first game of the 2016 season, facing the St. Louis Cardinals. No worries, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. They played an exhibition game…

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Rays move above .500 as Jake Odorizzi shuts down Pirates

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Jake Odorizzi looks like he’s ready for the baseball season to begin. Teammate Steven Souza seems to be catching up. Together, the two led the Tampa Bay Rays (11-10) to a 3-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates Saturday night. Tampa Bay took a 3-0 lead, then coasted against the Pirates. Souza, who has been off to a slow start since his injury, had two hits to improve his average to .185 for the spring. He also drove in two runs.…

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