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Despite early playoff exit, future remains bright for Rays

Oct. 12, 2021 18:18 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Three consecutive playoff appearances, back-to-back AL East titles and a trip to the World Series. The Tampa Bay Rays have a lot to feel good about, even if the best regular season in franchise history was followed by a loss to Boston in the...

Red Sox flex muscles, power past Rays 14-6 to even ALDS 1-1

Oct. 09, 2021 00:33 AM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Boston slugger J.D. Martinez wasn't sure how well he'd run, but he thought his sprained left ankle would be OK in the batter's box Friday. Lucky for him, the Red Sox took their time rounding the bases all night while turning an early deficit...

Arozarena shines, Rays blank Red Sox 5-0 in ALDS opener

Oct. 08, 2021 02:57 AM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Randy Arozarena is off and running in October again. The rookie showstopper became the first player to hit a home run and steal home in a postseason game, propelling the Tampa Bay Rays to a 5-0 victory over the Boston Red Sox in their AL...

A capsule look at the Red Sox-Rays playoff series

Oct. 06, 2021 19:34 PM EDT

A capsule look at the best-of-five American League Division Series between the Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays: ___ Schedule: (All times EDT) Game 1, Thursday, at St. Petersburg, Fla., 8:07 p.m. (FS1); Game 2, Friday, at St. Petersburg, Fla., 7:02...

Defending AL champ Rays poised to open ALDS against Red Sox

Oct. 06, 2021 19:34 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays have won more games than any other team in the American League over the past two seasons, going about their business with a quiet confidence that has the full attention of the Boston Red Sox. The AL East rivals meet in a...

After pitching-fueled 1st-to-last flop, Twins resist rebuild

Oct. 04, 2021 20:29 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The falloff the Minnesota Twins experienced after two straight division titles could be traced in some places to natural regression. The real surprise was how sharply and swiftly they faded. The Twins lost five straight games...

Yanks' rally fizzles, AL wild-card race tightens as Rays win

Oct. 02, 2021 01:37 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Gary Sánchez and Rougned Odor both struck out with two runners on to blunt a ninth-inning rally and the New York Yankees’ lead atop the AL wild-card race got even tighter with a 4-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday night. The Yankees’ edge fell...

Goodrum, Tigers defeat Twins 10-7 in slugfest with 7 homers

Oct. 01, 2021 00:08 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Niko Goodrum homered twice and drove in four runs, Jonathan Schoop hit a solo homer and the Detroit Tigers rallied to beat the Minnesota Twins 10-7 on Thursday night in a slugfest with seven homers. Dustin Garneau’s sacrifice fly and Willi...

Correa, Astros clinch AL West, open playoffs vs White Sox

Sep. 30, 2021 23:40 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Jose Altuve got straight to the point when asked what Carlos Correa means to the Houston Astros after his mighty swing launched them into the playoffs Thursday night. “We are where we are because of him," the star second baseman said. ...

Rays clinch top seed in AL playoffs, stall Astros in West

Sep. 30, 2021 01:19 AM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — After locking down the top seed in the American League playoffs and the best record in franchise history, the Tampa Bay Rays were still looking for more. “I don’t think we’re satisfied," starter Drew Rasmussen said. “We still have a chance to win...