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DanSlaubaugh

Twins 5, Rays 3: Walks will haunt

Lead-off walk bites Rays as Dozier blasts Twins to victory

MINNEAPOLIS — In a cloudy Saturday afternoon matinee, Brian Dozier blasted the Twins to their fifth win in their last six games - snapping the Rays three-game winning streak.

Missed Opportunities

The Rays were able to load the bases with one out in the top of the second. Derrick Norris then stepped to the plate, lining the first pitch for a base hit to left that scored Morrison from third.

Derek Norris lines a bases-loaded...

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Bullpen soars, then sinks against Twins

The Rays' bullpen came through in two clutch spots on Saturday, but unfortunately for them, the third time was not a charm.

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Rasmus homers, but Rays fall to Twins

The Twins clubbed a pair of tape measure home runs, including a go-ahead blast in the eighth by Brian Dozier to edge Tampa Bay by a score of 5-3 on Saturday at Target Field.

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Power, approach carrying Rays' offense

Every day it seems as if there's a different hero at the plate for the Rays. And more often than not, the heroics involve a baseball sailing over a fence.

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Adam Sanford

Trading Alex Cobb would not make the Rays sellers

The Rays record won’t be a factor in their decision to trade Alex Cobb

Alex Cobb is in the final year of his rookie contract. Only one player has played out his entire rookie contract with the Rays — Melvin Upton, Jr (2004-2012). The Rays have either extended players before free agency (Carl Crawford, James Shields, Evan Longoria and Chris Archer are just a few) or have traded them.

Given this history, the chances that Alex Cobb will be in a Rays uniform on August 1 are slim, as even...

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DanSlaubaugh

Rays vs Twins Preview: Odo looks to keep rolling

Jake Odorizzi takes the mound as the Rays go for the series win

Friday evening, Chris Archer was able to kick off the Rays nine-game road trip with perhaps his most impressive performance of the season. Today, Jake Odorizzi will try to do the same as Tampa Bay looks to build on their three-game winning streak.

Today’s game will be televised on Fox Sports Sun. First pitch is slated for 2:10 PM ET.

Starting Pitchers Jake Odorizzi

The right-hander is coming off of an impressive outing...

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LBWMF: Rays extend win streak to three with 5-2 win over the Twins

Daniel Robertson (photographed) made another defensive gem in last night’s game. (Photo Credit: Tampa Bay Rays) Logan Morrison, Kevin Kiermaier and Steven Souza Jr. led the offensive charge Friday night, while Chris Archer dominated Minnesota over six of his 7-2/3 innings of work, helping the Tampa Bay Rays win against the Twins, 5–2. As they havedone all season, the Rays took an early lead in a fourth inning rally that started with Corey Dickerson’s leadoff single to center...

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Tampa Bay Rays considered favorites for Wander Franco

The next international free agent signing period will not begin until July 2, but that does not mean speculation will wait. Indeed, that speculation has already begun, with the Tampa Bay Rays listed as the favorite for top prospect Wander Franco. With the new rules governing international free agents, and the hard cap in place […] Tampa Bay Rays considered favorites for Wander Franco - Rays Colored Glasses - Rays Colored Glasses - A Tampa Bay Rays Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Scott Grauer

Rays prospects and minor leagues: Charlotte, Bowling Green on opposite ends of routs

While one affiliate lost by 16 runs, another won by 11

A couple more mock drafts were released Friday. Jim Callis at MLB.com has the Rays landing Louisville two-way star Brendan McKay with the No. 4 pick. Baseball America's John Manuel has them going with high school bat Royce Lewis. McKay would be a steal, but Lewis seems more likely to actually be available at that pick.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (29-16)

Durham couldn't get one more big hit in its 12-inning, 5-4 loss to Pawtucket. Trailing...

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DanSlaubaugh

Rays 5, Twins 2: Archer dazzles in opener

Chris Archer was electric while LoMo, KK, and Souza homered to lead the Rays to an opening victory in Minneapolis.

MINNEAPOLIS — In a gorgeous Friday evening in downtown Minneapolis, Chris Archer and the Rays improved to 20-7 over the AL Central-leading Twins at Target Field since it opened in 2010.

Strikeout Machine

Taking the hill for Tampa Bay was Chris Archer, who continued his dominance at Target Field. The 28-year old right-hander struck out 11 while giving up two runs and five...

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Archer on the mark in victory over Twins

Chris Archer allowed one hit through the first six innings Friday in a win over the Twins, eventually allowing two runs with 11 strikeouts in 7 2/3 innings.

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Stingrays Fall to Eagles 3-2, (2OT)

The South Carolina Stingrays fell to the Colorado Eagles 3-2 (2OT) in game 1 of the Kelly Cup Finals Friday night in Colorado. Game 2 is set for Sunday night in Colorado. FIRST PERIOD: Colorado opened up the scoring with a goal by Matt “The Big” Garbowsky at the 16:11 mark of the opening frame. The first period would end with the Eagles up 1-0. Colorado outshot South Carolina 16-7 for the first period. SECOND PERIOD: The Rays tied the game with a goal from Scott Tanski with 9:46...

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Odorizzi out to slow Twins at Target Field

Jake Odorizzi gets the start on Saturday for the Twins in the second game of a three-game series at Target Field. He'll be opposed by Adalberto Mejia, who is coming off his first big league victory.

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Archer on the mark in win over Twins

Chris Archer allowed two runs and struck out 11 in 7 2/3 innings as the Rays topped the Twins. Logan Morrison, Steven Souza Jr. and Kevin Kiermaier each hit home runs for the Rays. Twins starter Hector Santiago got off to a fast start but faded, as he allowed three earned runs in 5 1/3 innings with six strikeouts. Kennys Vargas and Brian Dozier knocks in runs for the Twins.

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Rays outfielder Steven Souza chooses to dive for baseball nowhere near him

Generally you applaud a baseball player diving for a ball and going all-out to make a play. Seeing that kind of hustle and effort is nice. But there are times when diving for a ball isn’t the best idea. On a play that is no more 50/50 for an outfielder, it’s frequently not worth it. Whiffing with a dive can turn a single into extra bases (this is probably the most common way an inside-the-park homer happens, for example). And then there’s whatever Steven Souza was doing on Friday night...

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The Rays helped name a kitten tonight

No, it wasn’t “Take Meowt to the Ball Game.”

There are two things Rays fans all know for certain: the Rays social media team is always on the ball, and Tampa Bay knows a thing or two about cool cats. (I promise this won’t JUST be cat puns)

So, when a Twins fan took to Twitter suggesting he would name his new kitten after the first Twins player to get an extra base hit, the Rays’ Twitter account was quick to offer a proposal.

Got a new #kitty today... he will be named after the...

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