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Does the Rays’ pitching staff have an ace, and if so, who is he?

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As the Tampa Bay Rays’ pitchers report for training camp, it starts with a simple question. Who’s the ace? And if there isn’t one, who’s, say, the Jack of Clubs? The Rays want to believe they have a good staff, a staff that will keep them in the AL East race. For that to happen, however, a lot of guys are going to have to have a lot better seasons than they did last year. For instance: Chris Archer led…

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Rays send Erasmo Ramirez to bullpen, plan 4-man rotation

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He is always smiling, always happy. For Erasmo Ramirez, every day is a good one. Even this one, when he is headed to the bullpen of the Tampa Bay Rays. The Rays have announced they will open their season with a four-man rotation, made possible because of an abundance of off-days (eight in the first seven weeks). Ramirez, 11-6 a year ago in 27 starts, will help to fill the void left by Brad Boxberger‘s injury. “He’s going to the…

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Rays’ unknown pitching staff helps the team rule AL East

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There are mysteries in life. Easter Island. The Sphinx. JFK. And how in the world are these Tampa Bay Rays on top of the American League East? A year ago, they were 16 games below .500. This year, they are nine above. They do not hit very well. No one has heard of their starting pitchers. The manager just got here. Nate Karns? Erasmo Ramirez? Mike Andriese? Alex Colome? That’s the rotation? That’s what’s keeping this team atop the American…

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