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We're a gaggle of people that love the Rays and write about them whenever we can. That kind of sums things up.
We're a gaggle of people that love the Rays and write about them whenever we can. That kind of sums things up.

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Coming off a disappointing series sweep at the hands of the AL East leading Toronto Blue Jays, the #TampaBayRays  returned home ahead of their season capping, six-game home stand. They’ll welcome the Miami Marlins into Tropicana Field for a three-game interleague series, starting Tuesday.

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The #TampaBayRays  took to the road on Monday with their sights set firmly on collecting their first winning road trip since June 17-21, when they took four of five from the Nationals and Indians. They also set out with an opportunity to get back to .500 and then some. The Rays, however, were unsuccessful in both endeavors, and ended the road trip with a 3-4 record after being chewed up and spit out by the unrelenting Blue Jays of Toronto.

…And the downward spiral continues its slow grind toward the end of the season.

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Interestingly enough, the end of Saturday’s game mirrored that of a game against the Twins on September 20, 2008 ― when the #TampaBayRays  reached the postseason for the first time. In that game, Troy Percival allowed three base runners and a run before Joe Maddon pulled him in favor of Trever Miller.

Miller allowed another run on a grounder by Alexi Casilla before coaxing a foul ball popper to third out of Joe Mauer to end the game. In this case, the Jays burnt through three pitchers and allowed three runs before coaxing a grounder to third out of Evan Longoria.

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While the #TampaBayRays  were able to tag RA Dickey for two first inning runs Friday night, the top team in the AL East had plenty of answers, as the Blue Jays took the first game of a three-game series by a 5-3 margin. The Rays are now 3-2 on their final road trip of the season.

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The #TampaBayRays  packed their belongings and exited the tin can like confines of Fenway Park after winning three of four against the Boston Red Sox. Next stop Toronto, where the Rays will take on David Price and the Blue Jays, in their last road series of the 2015 season.

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A pair of former teammates took the hill against one another on Wednesday night, yet Rays hurler Drew Smyly prevailed over Boston’s Rick Porcello. The #TampaBayRays  broke open a close game late en route to a 6-2 win over the Red Sox. The Rays (74-78) has now won the two straight against the Red Sox.

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Mikie Mahtook hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning and Matt Moore recovered from a tough start to fan seven as the #TampaBayRays  beat the Boston Red Sox 5-2 on Tuesday night.

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The #TampaBayRays  start the day in last place in the AL East. They haven’t been cellar dwellers this late in the season since 2007, back in the days of the green-clad Devil Rays uniforms.

Rays 9/22/15 Starting Lineup

Guyer LF
Mahtook CF
Longoria 3B
Forsythe 2B
Cabrera SS
Souza Jr. RF
Loney 1B
Shaffer DH
Maile C
Moore RHP

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In light of Chris Archer’s ahem…command strapped, five walk outing Monday night, I felt it apropos to repost a piece by Spencer Bingol (Beyond the Boxscore) regarding a Ray who’s had good command of the strike zone for most of the season ― Erasmo Ramirez. #TampaBayRays  

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In an interesting twist on things, JP Arencibia will start behind the plate not Rene Rivera, who got the call in Chris Archer’s last 17 starts. Overall, Rivera has caught 24 of Archer’s starts, with Bobby Wilson catching six, and Curt Casali one. Arencibia has worked 1/3 of an inning with the #TampaBayRays  ace.
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