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Rays finally win another game as Evan Longoria homers twice against Orioles

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The Tampa Bay Rays are hot. They have won one in a row, and two of their last 14, and four of their last 27 games. They have now won one of their last 20 games against first-place teams. Evan Longoria is coming off a two-home run game. The bullpen is on a scoreless streak. Everyone together: Wheee! Things finally came together for the Rays in Sunday’s 5-2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles. The Rays managed only six hits, but four of them were homers (two…

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Has Tampa Bay’s Matt Moore made himself too valuable to trade away?

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For a while, Matt Moore was pitching well enough for another team to be interested in him. These days, Moore is pitching well enough to stay. Despite trade rumors, Moore pitched well again Monday, allowing the Tampa Bay Rays to win 4-2 over the Los Angeles Angels, 4-2. It was the sixth straight game Moore had pitched six innings or more. It evened his record at 5-5 and was the first time he has won back to back games (with…

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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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Rays’ Matt Andriese throws a gem at Oakland to even series

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You might have expected a pitching performance like this from the Tampa Bay Rays all along. You might have expected the stuff. You might have expected the two-hitter. You might have expected the shutout. But would you ever expect it from Matt Andriese? Andriese was masterful Saturday now, throwing a two-hit shutout against the Oakland A’s. Only Matt McBride and Danny Valencia got singles against Andriese, who struck out five. It was the first career shutout for Andriese and an…

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Lightning eliminates Red Wings behind 34-save effort by Bishop

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Ben Bishop has rarely looked taller. He has rarely looked wider. He has rarely played better. Bishop stopped 34 shots in a 1-0 shutout over the Detroit Red Wings Thursday night to lead the Tampa Bay Lightning to a first-series win (4-1) over the Wings. In the second period alone, he stopped 14 shots including four breakaways. The Bolts won with 1:43 left to play when Alex Killorn rushed the net, took a pass from Ryan Callahan and jammed it…

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Goalie Matt Pickens stops penalty kick to lead Rowdies’ victory

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The clock was all but dead. The game, however, was still in the balance. And Matt Pickens came through. Pickens stopped a penalty shot in the dying seconds of Saturday night’s game, enabling the Tampa Bay Rowdies to win a 1-0 game over Edmonton. It was Tampa Bay’s first victory of the year after two draws. Officials had called a hand ball on Neill Collins in extra time, allowing Edmonton one final chance to get a tie. But Pickens dove…

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Rays turn to Erasmo Ramirez for first starter’s victory of year

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Okay. Who had Erasmo Ramirez in the pool? Ramirez, who wasn’t even in the starting rotation of the Tampa Bay Rays until Saturday, became the first starter to win a game for the team. Backed by three home runs, the Rays broke out for seven runs in a 7-2 victory over the White Sox. Tampa Bay had been shut out in its previous two games and had only one run in its last three. It was the lowest-scoring team in…

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