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Mariners’ Felix Hernandez shuts down Tampa Bay again

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Sometimes, the other guys can pitch a little, too. The Tampa Bay Rays’ offense was completely shut down by King Felix Hernandez (9-2) of the Seattle Mariners in a 2-1 loss Saturday night that broke the Rays’ four-game winning streak. Hernandez allowed only two hits in seven innings and only three for the game. Seattle, which has been in a horrible slump offensively, didn’t need many runs to beat the Rays. They got the winner on a home run by…

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Bullpen shuts opponent down again to lead Rays’ win

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Anymore, this is not simply relief. For the Tampa Bay Rays, this is reinvention. The Rays, as has so often been the case, have become primarily a bullpen team so far this year. Once again Friday night, they turned to their bullpen one more time, pulling out a 1-0 victory over the Seattle Mariners. This time, the effort was needed after starting pitcher Jake Odorizzi left the game in the fifth inning with a strained oblique, the latest injury to…

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