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Tampa Bay once again loses a game in extra innings

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The Tampa Bay Rays evidently don’t like working late. The Rays lost another extra-inning game Tuesday night, falling 8-7 to the Detroit Tigers in 13 innings. This time, it was a shallow sacrifice fly to left off the bat of Rajai Davis. Davis had earlier hit his third home run in two days against Tampa Bay. The Rays held a 5-1 lead in the sixth inning, but immediately gave up a four-run bottom of the sixth to Detroit. The Tigers…

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Rays’ Grady Sizemore leads comeback victory over New York Mets

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It started terribly. For the first time in a while, however, it finished the way it was supposed to for the Tampa Bay Rays. The Rays rallied from a 3-0 deficit before they ever came to bat and pulled out a 5-4 victory over the New York Mets on Saturday. This time, things went according to plan, as the bullpen combo of Jake McGee and Brad Boxberger (and Steve Geltz and Xavier Cedeno) shut out the Mets for an inning…

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Tampa Bay bullpen falters again in late-inning loss to Mets

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When a team’s biggest strength becomes a weakness, it means trouble. The bullpen of the Tampa Bay Rays, the best thing about the team this season, faltered for the second straight game Friday night, losing a 4-3 game when both Jake McGee and Brad Boxberger gave up runs, a rarity. Boxberger took the loss, giving up three hits, an error and a wild pitch in the ninth inning. He also gave up two runs. Had Boxberger shut down New York,…

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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’ Kevin Keirmaier gunned down tying run to preserve Rays’ win

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Here’s a bad idea. The game is on the line, and you’re going to run on Kevin Kiermaier. Really? Kiermaier, second in the American League in throwing out opposing baserunners, did it again in the bottom of the ninth inning of Tampa Bay’s 5-4 victory over the Chicago White Sox. Kiermaier gunned down Alexei Ramirez, his short hop finding Curt Casali, who tagged over a somersaulting Rameriz. It was the 12th assist of the year for Kiermaier. If Ramirez had not…

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Rays, Matt Moore lose to the Phillies, the worst team in baseball

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They didn’t pitch very well. They didn’t hit very well. They didn’t field very well. Except for that, things went swimmingly for the Tampa Bay Rays Monday night. The Rays lost to the worst team in baseball, dropping a 5-3 decision to the Philadelphia Phillies and pitcher David Buchanan, who had entered the game 0-5. But the Rays collected only six hits Monday night. Starting pitcher Matt Moore continued to look as if he was trying to find himself after last…

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Rays start the second half as Jays beat up Jake Odorizzi

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Is this any way to start the second half? The Tampa Bay Rays didn’t get enough pitching and they didn’t get enough hitting Friday night. As a result, they fell back to .500 Friday night, losing a 6-2 game to the Toronto Blue Jays. Toronto scored five runs in the fifth to pull into a tie with the second-place Rays, who managed only five hits on the night. For Tampa Bay, starter Jake Odorizzi didn’t make it out of the…

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