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Kendrys Morales’ grand slam leads Blue Jays over Rays, Blake Snell

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You can blame one swing of the bat. Or, if you look closer, you can blame the walks that came before it. Together, the two led to a four-run third inning that gave the Toronto Blue Jays to a 5-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays Thursday night. Blake Snell gave up a grand slam to Kendrys Morales in the third, but only after giving up two-out walks to Josh Donaldson and Jose Bautista. “Walks,” Snell said, shaking his head.…

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Blue Jays bomb the Rays in easy 7-0 shutout victory

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You can see it’s football’s preseason. Even the Tampa Bay Rays got beat by a touchdown Wednesday night. The Rays returned to the cellar against Toronto, losing 7-0 to the Blue Jays, who took over first place with the  victory. Tampa Bay managed only five hits against Toronto’s J.A. Happ, whose 16 victories lead the major leagues. Kevin Kiermaier had two of the hits and Richie Shaffer two more. Shaffer was immediately sent down to make room for newly acquired…

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Twins come from behind against Erasmo Ramirez of Tampa Bay

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Remember when Erasmo Ramirez was claiming almost every win for the Tampa Bay Rays. If so, you have a fairly good memory. Since Ramirez’ 6-1 beginning (through May 7), he has gone only 1-8. The latest loss came Friday night, when Ramirez gave up three runs in 2 2/3 innings, and the Rays led a late lead slip away to the Minnesota Twins. The Twins closed to within a half-game of the Rays in the battle for last place in…

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Rays equal their season-high winning streak at four games against Yankees

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They have combined for victories before. Nothing new about that for Blake Snell and Luke Maile. Of course, most of their wins have been in Durham. This time, Snell and Maile led the Tampa Bay Rays to their fourth victory in a row and a rare sweep of an opponent. The Rays beat the New York Yankees, 5-3, to sweep the Yankees. Snell struck out nine – including five in a row at one point. For the year, he has…

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Rays finally win a baseball game big as rookie Blake Snell pitches well

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Consider the struggles of the Tampa Bay Rays over the last month. Would this really be a place you would look for near-perfection? And not even by the other team? The Rays, losing their way through the baseball season, had one of those rare nights where everything clicked Tuesday night. Rookie pitcher Blake Snell, for instance, was almost flawless in throwing seven innings of one-hit baseball in an 10-1 victory over the Colorado Rockies. Snell gave up only a leadoff…

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Tigers win again as Tampa Bay loses their 15th game in 17 decisions

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Every day feels the same. Every song sounds the same. Every loss feels the same. That’s what it’s like for the Tampa Bay Rays, a team stuck in Grounghog Day. The Rays – surprise, surprise – lost another game Saturday afternoon, their 15th loss in their last 17 games. It dropped the team to 14 games under .500, a two-year low. This time, it was only 3-2, and the battered bullpen didn’t give up a run. Still, the Rays lost…

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Rays finally end their losing streak, batter visiting Red Sox , 13-7

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Whee! One in a row. For the Tampa Bay Rays, the long, empty losing streak has ended. In its place is a smaller, precious little one-game winning streak that came in a 13-7 victory over the Boston Red Sox. The Rays scored five times in the first and four in the second, then hung on to beat Boston. Oh, the Rays still ended up giving up seven runs, which makes 79 in their last 12 games. But Tampa Bay had…

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