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Yanks avoid sweep with 3-2 win over Rays

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Yankees manager Joe Girardi couldn’t help but smile when talking about 5-foot-11 Brett Gardner going deep again and 6-foot-7 Aaron Judge making an unbelievable diving catch. Gardner hit his eighth home run, one more than this 2016 total, and CC Sabathia won consecutive starts for the first time in nearly a year to help New York beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-2 Sunday and avoid a three-game sweep. Didi Gregorius had an RBI single in the second for the second…

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After a welcome day off, Rays prepare to welcome Yankees to Tropicana Field

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The Tampa Bay Rays have been looking forward to Thursday. This day will be like no other that they have experienced since April 27. It is called on off-day. Thursday marks only their third day off since the season began, but it will be the first for them at home. The other two were in New York and traveling between Baltimore and Toronto. The span of 20-games-in-20 days started with 5 games in Toronto and Miami and finished with 6…

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Yankees’ C.C. Sabathia tames Rays bats, brings Tampa Bay to earth

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Oh, yeah. There are the Tampa Bay Rays. Two days after the euphoria of a huge win on Opening Day, the Rays fell back somewhat to last year’s performance, losing a 5-0 game to the New York Yankees. This time, no one was talking about parades. No one suggested anyone run for office. The Rays had only five hits in the shutout, and four of those didn’t clear the infield. “Yes,” Rays’ manager Kevin Cash said when asked if he…

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Tampa Bay Rays clobber Yankees to win impressive opener

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Well, look who is on top of baseball? Why, it’s the Tampa Bay Rays. And who would have thought to look for them there? The Rays opened the 2017 season with a 7-3 victory over the New York Yankees Sunday. And while it’s early, it was an impressive way to start the season for the Rays. The Rays, 16 games behind the Yankees a year ago, jumped New York early and never slowed in the win. Tampa Bay scored three…

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Stu Sternberg says search for stadium sight is ‘progressing steadily’

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The scoreboard above him was blank. The standings, too. Soon, both would change. The new season was three hours in front of Stu Sternberg, the principal owner of the Tampa Bay Rays. Sternberg stood beside the first base dugout, looking at the new grass of his old facility in the moments before his team played the New York Yankees. He talked about the Opening Days of his youth, about the Rays, about the season to come. Yes, he talked about…

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Rays sell out their 12th straight opening game against Yankees

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Attendance problems? Those are for the other 80 home games. For openers, the Tampa Bay Rays have plenty of fans. The Rays have sold out their 12th consecutive opener, selling out Sunday’s game against the New York Yankees at the Trop. Tickets are available for the remaining two games in the season-opening series against the Yankees on Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:10 p.m. and for the first weekend series of the season, April 6-9, versus the Toronto Blue Jays. The…

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Rays’ Chris Archer loses franchise-tying 18th game of the season

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There wasn’t anything particularly new to the way Chris Archer of the Tampa Bay Rays lost his 18th game of the year Saturday afternoon. He didn’t give up a lot of hits. Only four. He didn’t give up a lot of runs. Only three in seven innings. He did give up home run balls. Two of them. In the end, Archer still was the losing pitcher in a 5-1 loss to the New York Yankees Saturday. It was Archer’s franchise-tying 18th defeat (tying…

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