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Tampa Bay Rays news and links: Tanaka continues to be a riddle the Rays can’t solve

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Masahiro Tanaka stymied the Rays offense in last night’s series opener.

The Japanese native threw a two-hit complete game shutout, continuing to torment the Rays. In three starts against them this season, he’s allowed just one run combined.

He did indeed get the CGSO.

But as we know, baseball is a game of high variance. If you’re thinking Tanaka has some magic powers that he harnesses specifically when he pitches against the Rays, he doesn’t. In his career against the Rays coming into 2019, he carried an ERA of 3.72, slightly above his overall career mark.

Simply put, the hits will come against Tanaka.

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Ryne Stanek gets the start tonight for the Rays opposite Yankees lefty J.A. Happ. The Rays hope to set themselves up for a rubber match tomorrow afternoon.