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Tampa Bay Rays News and Links: Escape from New York

After being swept, the Rays head to Oakland

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The Tampa Bay Rays were brutalized in New York for three games as they were outscored, 21-4. Yesterday afternoon, the reigning Cy Young winner, Blake Snell managed to record just one out as he struggled to find the strike zone. Colin Poche came on in relief and allowed several inherited runners to score, putting Snell on the hook for a total of six runs.

The Rays offense was mainly held in check by CC Sabathia as they only scored one run again him.

All in all, it was a dreadful game to cap off a dreadful series.

The Rays will now head to Oakland, where they’ll play a four game series against the Athletics.

News and Links

After Hillsborough County Commissioner Ken Hagan says St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman is endangering the region’s chances to keep the Tampa Bay Rays, Kriseman says Hagan ‘needs to be benched.’ The latest squabble over the fate of Major League Baseball in Tampa Bay.

Mired in season-long slump, Robertson said a few days away helped him clear his head.

His ERA has nearly doubled from last year but the reigning Cy Young Award winner can still be as nasty as ever.

“There are a lot of organizations, after two elbow surgeries, I don’t get back to this point. The Rays have kept the faith and let me do my thing and get healthy and come and show what they drafted me for.”

Pointing to the strengths of the Tampa Bay market, former Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig recently said he believes a new ballpark could reverse the Tampa Bay Rays‘ attendance struggles.

Selig, who has been critical of Tampa Bay’s attendance problems in the past, suggests a new stadium could solve the problem.

Britton looks at possible scenarios for the New York Mets as the trade deadline approaches. He brings up the Rays as a possible trading partner as they could be interested in RHP Edwin Diaz or C Wilson Ramos.

One of the few players in baseball who grew up as a fan of the Rays

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