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Canadiens come from behind in third period to defeat Lightning

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The Tampa Bay Lightning haven’t finished second in many games this year. Thursday night, however, the Montreal Canadiens were just a tad better. The Lightning fell to 5-2 on the year in a 3-1 loss to Montreal, which improved to 7-0-1. The Canadiens scored three times in the third period to pull out the game. Tampa Bay took a 1-0 lead on Alex Killorn’s sixth goal, but Montreal came back with an even-strength goal (by Alex Galchenyuk), a power-play goal…

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Leading off: 3 MLB playoff spots open, 1 day left on schedule

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A GIANT DAY San Francisco holds a one-game lead over St. Louis for the last NL playoff spot going into the final day of the regular season. Matt Moore starts at home for the Giants vs. the Dodgers, and a win gives them the second NL wild-card slot. In St. Louis, Adam Wainwright and the Cardinals need to beat Pittsburgh and hope for a Giants loss to force a one-game tiebreaker. COULD BE CHAOS Baltimore, Toronto, and Detroit all have…

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Rays close out first half with another loss, this time to former teammate David Price

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It seems as if the Rays have been losing forever. They have not. It was a less than a month ago that Tampa Bay was 31-32 and thinking about the race in the AL East. That was before 22 losses in their last 25 games sent them plunging through the division standings and solidly into last place, 20 games below .500 and searching for direction. The Rays lost another one Sunday in their last game before the major league all-star…

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Rays treat old teammate David Price rudely in 4-0 victory over Red Sox

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The baseball fans at Tropicana Field may have been happy to see David Price again on Wednesday. The Rays certainly were. The Tampa Bay Rays, who had lost 12 of 13 games, took it out on Price in a 4-0 victory over the Red Sox Wednesday. Instead, old friend Matt Moore got the win with seven innings of three-hit shutout pitching. Price is now 1-3 against the Rays with a 6.36 era since being traded by Tampa Bay. “Bad. Again,” Price…

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Rays come back against David Price to win wild game in Boston

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Talk about a deep hole. Here the Tampa Bay Rays were, trailing 5-1 with ace pitcher David Price on the mound. Yet, the Rays dug themselves out, scoring six times in the fourth and three more in the top of the ninth to take a 12-8 win over the Boston Red Sox to take their series. Both teams are now 7-8 on the season. Erasmo Ramirez of the Rays went to 4-0 with the win in relief, giving him more…

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Mets sign former Rays Asdrubal as ex-Rays chase the money

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Know how to make the big money? It’s easy. Just be a former Tampa Bay Ray. While the Rays remain one of baseball’s most frugal teams, former teammates are cashing. The latest was shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera, who signed a two-year deal with the New York Mets for $18.5 million. So far this offseason, Ben Zobrist has signed a four-year, $52 million contract and David Price has signed with the Red Sox for seven years and $217 million. It continues. As…

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Red Sox make former Rays’ pitcher David Price a wealthy man

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Would you pay a million dollars a start for David Price? The Boston Red Sox would, evidently. The Red Sox just signed free agent Price to a seven-year, $217 million contract, which translates into $31 million a year. Price has started 93 games over the last three seasons, which would make his pay roughly $1 million per start. It’s a lot of money for a lot of fastballs. Over those three years, Price has won 43 games in the regular…

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