Opposite dugout: Injury-plagued Rays hoping pitching eventually catches up to offense

Opposite dugout: Injury-plagued Rays hoping pitching eventually catches up to offense
Manager: Kevin Cash (3rd season) Record: 10-10 Last 10 games: 5-5 Who to watch: RF Steven Souza Jr. (.347/.424/.613 with 4 HR, 17 RBIs), 1B Logan Morrison (4 HR, 12 RBIs), 3B Evan Longoria (3 HR, 12 RBIs), RHP Erasmo Ramírez (2-0, 3.07 ERA), RHP Chris Archer (2-0, 3.20), RHP Alex Colomé (0.00 ERA, 4 saves) Season series vs. Orioles: First meeting (6-13 in 2016) Pitching probables: April 24: RHP Chris Archer vs. RHP Ubaldo Jiménez, 7:05 p.m., MASN April 25: RHP Erasmo Ramírez vs....
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Offseason to-do lists for AL East teams

Offseason to-do lists for AL East teams
The Cleveland Indians haven't won a World Series since 1948 and it's going to stay that way for at least another year. The Cubs beat the Indians 8-7 in 10 innings in Game 7 of the World Series. Interesting that the Cleveland Cavaliers came back from a 3-1 deficit to win the NBA championship last June, but the Indians blew a 3-1 lead in the World Series. The Indians, who lost Game 7 of the 1997 World Series in extra innings to the Marlins, have three key free agents - Mike Napoli, Raijai...
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Showalter speaks after 7-6 loss

Showalter speaks after 7-6 loss
The Orioles had their chances tonight. Plenty of them. Chances to take the lead, a chance maybe to move into a first-place tie in the American League East. If they selected Chance Sisco's contract, it would have been a perfectly-themed night. The Rays continue to revel in their role of spoiler, scoring in each of the first four innings and getting timely outs in a 7-6 victory over the Orioles before 19,233 at Camden Yards. The Red Sox scored five runs in the ninth to beat the Yankees and now...
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Orioles come up short in series opener against Rays

Orioles come up short in series opener against Rays
For the Orioles, it was one frustrating night. In the first of an 11-game homestand, they got poor pitching early in the game and some non-productive at-bats later. It all added up to a 7-6 loss to the Tampa Rays in the opener of a four-game series. The Orioles fall to 80-66. Should New York go on to beat Boston, they will have missed a chance to tie for first in the American League East. But, a Boston loss would keep them a game off the pace in the division. In their final frustrating at-bats...
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Opposite dugout: Rays hoping to buck recent trend vs. O's

Opposite dugout: Rays hoping to buck recent trend vs. O's
Manager: Kevin Cash (2nd season) Record: 62-83 Last 10 games: 4-6 Who to watch: 2B Logan Forsythe (.279 average with 19 HR, 50 RBIs); 3B Evan Longoria (32 HR, 155 hits); SS Brad Miller (72 RBIs, 122 hits); RHP Jake Odorizzi (9-6, 3.81 ERA); RHP Chris Archer (8-18 with 217 strikeouts); RHP Alex Colome (2.01 ERA with 32 saves). Season series vs. Orioles: 4-11 Pitching probables: September 15: LHP Blake Snell vs. RHP Yovani Gallardo, 7:05 p.m., MASNSeptember 16: RHP Chris Archer vs. RHP Ubaldo...
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Opposite dugout: Rays hoping to spoil hopes of division rival

Opposite dugout: Rays hoping to spoil hopes of division rival
Manager: Kevin Cash (2nd season) Record: 58-77 Last 10 games: 5-5 Who to watch: 2B Logan Forsythe (.283 with 17 HR, 46 RBIs), 3B Evan Longoria (.282 with 31 HR, 85 RBIs), SS Brad Miller (118 hits, 26 HR), RHP Jake Odorizzi (9-5, 3.56 ERA), RHP Matt Andriese (6-6, 4.19 ERA). Season series vs. Orioles: 3-9 Pitching probables: Sept. 5: RHP Ubaldo Jimenez vs. RHP Matt Andriese, 1:10 p.m., MASNSept. 6: RHP Yovani Gallardo vs. RHP Jake Odorizzi, 7:10 p.m., MASNSept. 7: RHP Dylan Bundy vs. LHP...
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Opposite dugout: Healing Rays still fading

Opposite dugout: Healing Rays still fading
Manager: Kevin Cash (2nd season) Record: 34-54 Last 10 games: 1-9 Who to watch: 3B Evan Longoria (.289/.337/.526 with 19 HR, 47 RBIs), 2B Logan Forsythe (.285 with 8 HR, 21 RBIs), SS Brad Miller (14 HR, 32 RBIs), LHP Matt Moore (5-6, 4.46 ERA), RHP Alex Colome (1.69 ERA with 19 saves) Season series vs. Orioles: 2-7 Pitching probables: July 15: RHP Yovani Gallardo vs. RHP Chris Archer, 7:10 p.m., MASN2 July 16: RHP Chris Tillman vs. LHP Matt Moore, 6:10 p.m., MASN2 July 17: TBA vs. RHP Jake...
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Opposite dugout: Injury-plagued Rays dreading four-game series over weekend

Opposite dugout: Injury-plagued Rays dreading four-game series over weekend
Manager: Kevin Cash (2nd season) Record: 31-39 Last 10 games: 3-7 Who to watch: 3B Evan Longoria (.273/.328/.539 with 18 HR, 43 RBIs), OF/DH Corey Dickerson (12 HR, 32 RBIs), SS Brad Miller (9 HR, 24 RBIs), RHP Matt Andriese (6-0, 2.61 ERA), RHP Alex Colome (1.76 ERA with 19 saves) Season series vs. Orioles: 2-3 Pitching probables: June 24: LHP Matt Moore vs. RHP Yovani Gallardo, 7:05 p.m., MASN June 25: RHP Jake Odorizzi vs. RHP Kevin Gausman, 1:05 p.m., MASN June 25: RHP Matt Andriese vs. RHP...
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Opposite dugout: Rays trying to take advantage of early AL East-heavy schedule

Opposite dugout: Rays trying to take advantage of early AL East-heavy schedule
Manager: Kevin Cash (2nd season) Record: 8-10 Last 10 games: 5-5 Who to watch: 2B Logan Forsythe (.303/.370/.545 with 8 RBIs), RF Steven Souza Jr. (.291/.339/.600 with 5 HR, 11 RBIs), DH Corey Dickerson (5 HR, 9 RBIs), LHP Matt Moore (1-1, 3.60 ERA), RHP Erasmo Ramirez (4-1, 1.69 ERA) Season series vs. Orioles: 0-2 Pitching probables: April 25: RHP Kevin Gasuman vs. RHP Chris Archer, 7:10 p.m., MASN April 26: RHP Ubaldo Jimenez vs. RHP Jake Odorizzi, 7:10 p.m., MASN2 April 27: RHP Chris Tillman...
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Opposite dugout: With rotation healthy to start, how far can Rays go?

Opposite dugout: With rotation healthy to start, how far can Rays go?
Manager: Kevin Cash (2nd season) Record: 2-2 Last 10 games: 2-2 Who to watch: RHP Chris Archer (12-13, 3.23 ERA), LF Corey Dickerson (.304), 2B Logan Forsythe (.281/.359/.444 with 17 HR, 68 RBIs), 3B Evan Longoria (21 HR, 73 RBIs), RF Steven Souza Jr. (16 HR) Note: Statistics from 2015 Season series vs. Orioles: First meeting (9-10 in 2015) Pitching probables: April 8: RHP Chris Archer vs. RHP Chris Tillman, 7:05 p.m., MASN April 9: LHP Drew Smyly vs. RHP Mike Wright, 7:05 p.m., MASN2 April 10:...
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This is not your father's American League East

This is not your father's American League East
As any fan of the Orioles, Toronto Blue Jays or Tampa Bay Rays could tell you, and perhaps even say with some level of pride, the American League East is no longer a two-team race. Once the domain of the big spending Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees, the AL East has produced four different division champions the past four seasons. Over the last six seasons - since 2010 - all five AL East teams have won the division title. If you look at the composite AL East standings since 2012, New York is...
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Opposite dugout: Rays are showing signs that they're fading from contention

Opposite dugout: Rays are showing signs that they're fading from contention
Manager: Kevin Cash (1st season) Record: 48-49 Last 10 games: 5-5 Who to watch: DH Joey Butler (.296 with 6 HR, 21 RBIs), IF Logan Forsythe (.283 with 10 HR, 40 RBIs), 3B Evan Longoria (9 HR, 42 RBIs), RHP Chris Archer (9-7, 2.73 ERA 153 Ks in 128 2/3 IP), RHP Erasmo Ramirez (8-3, 3.54 ERA), RHP Brad Boxberger (24 saves, 3.18 ERA) Season series vs. Orioles: 4-5 Pitching probables: July 24: RHP Chris Tillman vs. RHP Chris Archer, 7:10 p.m., MASN July 25: RHP Miguel Gonzalez vs. RHP Erasmo...
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Doug Fister "felt a lot better" in return, but Nats fall 5-3 to Rays

Doug Fister "felt a lot better" in return, but Nats fall 5-3 to Rays
Despite the 5-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday, Nationals starter Doug Fister felt pretty good about his return from the disabled list and first game since May 14. Fister had been on the disabled list with a right forearm flexor tendon strain. "I felt a lot better," Fister said. "Obviously, it's a work in progress. I mean, I keep saying that, but that's exactly what it is. I've kind of gone back to some of my base and my roots and trying to get back to doing what I do best and...
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Nats can build off of 16 runs; Turner debuts in Double-A Harrisburg

Nats can build off of 16 runs; Turner debuts in Double-A Harrisburg
The Nationals can use a game like Tuesday's 16-4 drubbing of the Rays. The 23 hits were the most ever by the Nats and the most since the Expos tallied 26 in a game against the Giants in 1997. Catcher Wilson Ramos told reporters afterwards he will use the video from his last two at-bats, both homers off position players, to help him because he got his hands so relaxed. Shortstop Ian Desmond went 2-for-4 with a walk and only one strikeout. The Rays also had to use five relievers, although two of...
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Opposite dugout: In red-hot AL East, surprising Rays are right at top of the group

Opposite dugout: In red-hot AL East, surprising Rays are right at top of the group
Manager: Kevin Cash (first season) Record: 35-29 Last 10 games: 7-3 Who to watch: 3B Evan Longoria (.266/.344/.408 with 6 HR, 28 RBIs), 2B Logan Forsythe (.264/.346/.431 with 7 HR, 28 RBIs), RF Steven Souza Jr. (12 HR, 29 RBIs), RHP Chris Archer (7-4, 2.00 ERA), RHP Brad Boxberger (17 saves, 3.04 ERA) Season series vs. Nationals: First meeting (1-2 in 2012) Pitching probables: June 15: LHP Gio Gonzalez vs. RHP Erasmo Ramirez, 7:10 p.m., MASN2 June16: RHP Tanner Roark vs. RHP Alex Colome, 7:10...
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Opposite dugout: Tampa Bay scuffling, has dropped season-high five straight games

Opposite dugout: Tampa Bay scuffling, has dropped season-high five straight games
Manager: Kevin Cash (1st season) Record: 24-24 Last 10 games: 4-6 Who to watch: LF David DeJesus (.322, 18 RBIs), 3B Evan Longoria (.284, 5 HR, 23 RBIs), 2B Logan Forsythe (21 RBIs), RF Stephen Souza Jr. (7 HR, 17 RBIs), RHP Jake Orodizzi (3-5, 2.31 ERA), RHP Brad Boxberger (13 saves, 2.95 ERA) Season series vs. Orioles: 3-3 Pitching probables: May 29: RHP Nate Karns vs. RHP Miguel Gonzalez, 7:05 p.m., MASN May 30: RHP Erasmo Ramirez vs. LHP Wei-Yin Chen, 4:05 p.m., MASN May 31: RHP Jake...
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Opposite dugout: Bizarro series as hard to predict as Rays' success so far

Opposite dugout: Bizarro series as hard to predict as Rays' success so far
Manager: Kevin Cash (1st season) Record: 12-10 Last 10 games: 6-4 Who to watch: OF David DeJesus (.277/.386/.383 with 1 HR, 8 RBIs), 3B Evan Longoria (.293/.393/.427 with 7 2B,1 HR, 4 RBIs), RF Steven Souza Jr. (4 HR, 11 RBIs), CF Kevin Kiermaier (.306/.338/.565 with 2 HR, 7 RBIs), RHP Chris Archer (3-2, 0.84 ERA, 37 Ks), Closer Brad Boxberger (2-1, 1.93 ERA, 5 saves) Season series vs. Orioles: 1-2 Pitching probables: May 1: RHP Alex Colome vs. RHP Chris Tillman, 7:05 p.m., MASN2 May 2: RHP...
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Opposite dugout: New era begins for dinged-up Rays against O's

Opposite dugout: New era begins for dinged-up Rays against O's
Manager: Kevin Cash, first year 2014 record: 77-85 Who to watch (2014 stats): 3B Evan Longoria (.253/.320/.404, 22 HR, 91 RBIs); 1B James Loney (.290/.336/.380, 36 XBH, 69 RBIs); OF Kevin Kiermaier (.263/.315/.450, 10 HR, 35 RBIs); RHP Chris Archer (10-9, 3.33 ERA, 1.279 WHIP) Season series vs. O's (2014): 7-12, 62 runs scored, 80 runs allowed Pitching probables April 6: RHP Chris Archer vs. RHP Chris Tillman, 3 p.m., MASN2 April 7: RHP Nathan Karns vs. LHP Wei-Yin Chen, 7 p.m., MASN April 8:...
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Opposite dugout: Rays' struggling bats wasting plenty of good pitching

Opposite dugout: Rays' struggling bats wasting plenty of good pitching
Manager: Joe Maddon, ninth year Record: 67-74 Last 10 games: 3-7 Who to watch: 3B Evan Longoria (.255/.325/.397, 22 doubles, 18 HR, 81 RBIs); 2B Ben Zobrist (.273/.357/.404, 31 doubles, 9 HR, 44 RBIs, 74 R); RHP Alex Cobb (9-7, 2.98 ERA, 1.17 WHIP); LHP Drew Smyly (9-10, 3.31 ERA, 1.17 WHIP) Season series vs. O's: 5-11, 51 runs scored, 71 runs allowed Pitching probables Sept. 5: Alex Cobb vs. Wei-Yin Chen, 7 p.m., MASN2 HD Sept. 6: Drew Smyly vs. Kevin Gausman, 1 p.m., FOX Sept. 7: Jeremy...
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Opposite dugout: Rotation has been key to Rays' renaissance

Opposite dugout: Rotation has been key to Rays' renaissance
Manager: Joe Maddon, ninth year Record: 64-66 Last 10 games: 5-5 Who to watch: 3B Evan Longoria (.252/.323/.391, 21 doubles, 16 HR, 72 RBIs); RF Kevin Kiermaier (.275/.327/.482, 28 extra-base hits, 30 RBIs); RHP Alex Cobb (9-6, 3.01 ERA, 1.15 WHIP); RHP Jeremy Hellickson (1-2, 2.61 ERA, 1.08 WHIP) Season series vs. O's: 4-8, 41 runs scored, 52 runs against Pitching probables Aug. 25: Jake Odorizzi vs. Chris Tillman, 7 p.m., MASN2 HD Aug. 26: Alex Cobb vs. Wei-Yin Chen, 7 p.m., MASN2 HD Aug....
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