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Tampa Bay Rays News and Links: King of the Hill

The Rays winning streak comes to an end, New Era wipes their “Local Market” caps from existence, and Stu gets sued.

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The Rays dropped a 2-1 contest to the Royals, ending the second longest win streak in franchise history at 11 games. But in the loss, Rich Hill was pretty good!

Hill went on to tie the record at 27 after the final batter he faced, capping off a pretty great night.

Stu is getting sued by some of his erstwhile partners. It’s going to take a bit to figure out how much there is there, and how much is just rich people bickering with rich people. But it’s definitely worth keeping an eye on.

The team’s (or maybe just Stu’s) response.

Might anything good come of this law suit for Rays fans? Maybe!

New Era unveiled a new “Local Market” series of caps. They were … um … something.

Many of the caps featured area codes along with circa 1997 clip art. The Rays, for instance, utilized a palm tree, and the 813 area code. Which is of course Tampa’s area code, not St. Pete’s.

But hey, at least they didn’t put the 514 area code on it!

The Rays snafu was not the only problem with the area codes.

Or with the clip art.

The response to the Local Market caps was so swift and so universally negative that New Era pulled the caps off their site. Thankfully, the tweets will live forever.

The Rays have cleared the 85% barrier and will enjoy some relaxed restrictions.

Joe West broke a record. People booed.

Ready for your childhood dreams to be crushed? Turns out, Fred McGriff never watched a Tom Emanski video.

This is interesting!

This is also interesting!

Joe Ryan and the lost year.

The return of the minor leagues.

In his first start since tossing a no hitter, Corey Kluber left the game after three innings. He’s getting an MRI.

Very important to always lock your doors.

Finally, this is an actual puppy, not a windup toy.