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Rays win spring game behind power of Mikie Mahtook, Richie Shaffer

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The future went deep for the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday. Both Richie Shaffer and Mikie Mahtook, late season call-ups last year, homered in the Rays’ 6-1 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies. Despite their successes, it figures to be tough for either to make the team with the additions of Corey Dickerson, Steve Pearce and Logan Morrison plus the return of Desmond Jennings. The Rays beat the Phillies behind another good effort by Matt Moore, who struck out eight in…

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Rays’ rookie Richie Shaffer homers to lead victory over the Mets

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Tampa Bay, say hello to Richie Shaffer. Shaffer, the Rays’ publicized young infielder, went three-for-three, scored three runs and had the game-winning home run for the Rays, as they won their series with a 4-3 victory over the New York Mets. Shaffer, playing designated hitter in his first game at Tropicana Field, led off the seventh inning with his tie-breaking homer. For the second straight game, the Rays fell behind 3-0 early. This time, it was when Rays’ starter Chris…

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Looking for more help, the Rays claim Daniel Nava from the Red Sox

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Runs have come a little easier for the Tampa Bay Rays this week, but the team added a piece nevertheless on Wednesday. The Rays claimed Boston outfielder Daniel Nava, one of the key elements to the Red Sox’s 2013 march to the pennant. The Rays made roster room by sending down rookie outfielder Mike Mahtook. There is a bit of risk to the move, because Nava, 32, has not hit at all this year. In 29 games, Nava was hitting…

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Rays’ rookie Richie Shaffer celebrates home run by himself

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After the first hit of career, Tampa Bay Rays’ infielder Richie Shaffer celebrated … alone. In one of the more amusing scenes of the season, Shaffer had just returned to the dugout after hitting a home run in the seventh inning of an 11-3 victory over the White Sox. As he descended the steps, however, he saw that his teammates were doing the old “silent treatment” on him and, instead of congratulating him, were in a huddle in the middle…

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Suddenly powerful Rays give Chris Archer sufficient support

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For a chance, Chris Archer had plenty of run support. So much so that he should have saved some. The offense of the Tampa Bay Rays, dormant for much of the season, broke out with a season-high four home runs in an 11-3 victory over the White Sox. Archer, who had been getting only 2.45 runs of support per game, won for the first time since June 23. He had lost his last four decisions. It was the third straight…

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Low-scoring Rays seek a jolt of power from Richie Shaffer

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The Tampa Bay Rays are looking for power. Now, they think that prospect Richie Shaffer may be able to provide it. The Rays, last in the American League in scoring, have promoted Shaffer, a power-hitting first baseman, to the big club. Shaffer has 23 home runs at Durham and Montgomery this season. He had 19 a year ago. He is only hitting .262, and he only hit .222 last season, so Shaffer might not quite be ready. But given the…

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