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Cleveland sends spiraling Tampa Bay Rays to longest losing streak of season

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Uh-oh. The reeling Tampa Bay Rays were clobbered again Tuesday night, losing a 6-0 game to Cleveland that took the Rays to depths they have not seen this season. It was the sixth straight defeat for the Rays, a season-high, and it left the team seven games under .500. For the third consecutive night, the Rays were competitive until late. This time, a three-run eighth inning by the Cleveland Indians did Tampa Bay in. The Rays had only three hits…

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Mariners treat rookie pitcher Blake Snell rudely by beating Rays

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Everyone agrees on his future. The Tampa Bay Rays’ Blake Snell, the consensus goes, will be a very big deal in major league baseball. But after Thursday, it’s fair to ask. Is it Snell time yet? Snell, in his home debut, got out only 10 outs before being chased from the game. He gave up five runs (only one earned), eight hits and three walks. Snell gave up three runs in his first inning as the Seattle Mariners avoided a sweep.…

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Rays lose, but are pleased with the debut of pitcher Blake Snell

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Try not to think about the way it ended. For the Tampa Bay Rays, it was all about the start. Rookie Blake Snell, in his major league debut, was good enough to make you think about the future Saturday afternoon. Snell threw five innings of two-hit baseball against the New York Yankees, leaving with a 2-1 lead. He struck out six and walked only one, even though he was charged with two wild pitches. The Rays, however, could not hold the…

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Carlos Pena to retire a Ray, Blake Snell rules the minor leagues

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For the Tampa Bay Rays, today is inching in the wrong direction. Where better to look than yesterday and today? The Rays looked to their past and signed first baseman Carlos Pena, one of their most powerful, most strikeout-prone hitters in all their history. Pena, a popular player, hit 163 home runs as a Ray, including 46 in 2007. He was the cause of perhaps the most exaggerated infield shifts ever against the Rays. Pena led the team in homers…

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