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Red Sox advance to ALCS, end Rays season

ST. PETERSBURG — Perhaps Tampa Bay’s luck, after winning four straight elimination games, ran out.

Or maybe the talent and cohesiveness Boston displayed throughout the season proved to be too much.

Whatever the reason, the Rays’ season came to a close on Tuesday at Tropicana Field. The Red Sox rallied to win Game 4 of their American League Division Series 3-1, the clincher in a best-of-five series that the Red Sox also won 3-1. Read More…

Story: Romero’s debut powers Rays to third straight win

ST. PETERSBURG – Enny Romero was justifiably exhausted – both physically and mentally – after Sunday’s game.

Making his major league debut, the 22-year-old allowed just one hit and four walks in 4 2/3 innings, as Tampa Bay defeated Baltimore 3-1 at Tropicana Field. Read More…

Story: Jamey Wright’s path to the postseason continues

ST. PETERSBURG – When Jamey Wright closes his eyes and allows his mind to dream, he sees himself on the mound.

That’s not unusual, considering the 38-year-old Tampa Bay reliever has played parts of 18 seasons in the major leauges and has appeared in more than 640 games.

But there’s something different about this time. Read More…

Blog: A new Rays stadium doesn’t solve fundamental issues

The Tampa Bay Rays need a new stadium, and somewhat badly.

But that won’t solve all the issues the team regularly has with attendance despite having one of the best records since 2008.

Nor should that matter either way.

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Vettleson’s versatility leads to ascension

PORT CHARLOTTE — Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon said during spring training that Drew Vettleson’s path to the majors would follow his bat.

When he was selected with the 42nd pick in the 2010 MLB draft, front office personnel were equally impressed by his strong arm from the outfield.

But it was with both arms back home in Bremerton, Wash., that a teenage Vettleson initially started to make a name for himself.

Vettleson was part of a rare breed, able to throw a baseball fast with either arm. That led to coaches, teammates and scouts watching him pitch wherever he went. Read More…

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