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  • Rays fall twice in doubleheader

    BALTIMORE — Matt Wieters hit two homers, and the Baltimore Orioles rallied from a four-run deficit to beat Tampa Bay 8-6 Saturday night for a doubleheader sweep that extended the Rays’ losing streak to 10 games.

    Adam Jones and Chris Davis also homered for the AL East-leading Orioles, who trailed 4-0 in the third inning and 6-3 in the fifth.

  • Homers help Orioles beat skidding Rays

    BALTIMORE — Adam Jones homered to ignite a four-run sixth inning, and the Baltimore Orioles defeated Tampa Bay 6-3 on Friday night to extend the Rays’ losing streak to eight games.

    Manny Machado of the Orioles marked his return from a four-game suspension by hitting his 18th home run in the eighth. Machado received the suspension for charging Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura on June 7.

  • Recreation Briefs

    Fundraiser to help bowler travel

    A fundraiser will be held Monday, June 27 at Quizno’s in Crystal River to help send a local bowler to a pair of national tournaments.

    Christian Miller, 15, currently has the Manatee Lanes high series record of 858 (258 and back-to-back 300’s) and is trying to make the trip to two national bowling tournaments held this summer.

  • Going to New York

    NEW YORK — Derrick Rose was once writing a great NBA story, the hometown kid leading the Chicago Bulls to their greatest heights since Michael Jordan.

    Then injuries set in, and Rose may never again play at that dazzling level.

    The player he is now could still be an upgrade for the New York Knicks.

    The Knicks acquired Rose from the Bulls on Wednesday, hoping the former MVP can be their answer at point guard.

  • Bauer, Kipnis lead Indians over Rays

    CLEVELAND — Trevor Bauer threw a three-hitter for his second career complete game, Jason Kipnis hit a two-run homer and the Cleveland Indians defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 6-1 on Wednesday night for their sixth straight win.

    Bauer (5-2) struck out 10, walked one and allowed only one runner past second base. It was the second straight three-hitter for the Indians, following Corey Kluber’s in a 6-0 win over the Rays on Tuesday.

  • Kluber blanks Rays 6-0

    CLEVELAND — Corey Kluber threw a three-hitter and the Cleveland Indians defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 6-0 on Tuesday night for their fifth straight win.

    Kluber (7-7) took a one-hitter into the ninth before Brad Miller and Evan Longoria singled with one out. Kluber retired the final two hitters for his third career shutout.

  • Unexpected exit

    OMAHA, Neb. — When Florida’s Peter Alonso homered in the bottom of the ninth inning to pull the Gators within a run of Texas Tech, a familiar thought crossed Red Raiders coach Tim Tadlock’s mind.

    “Where is Goose Gossage when you need him? Rollie Fingers, somebody?” Tadlock said, smiling.

  • Gators face tall task in Omaha

    OMAHA, Neb. — Maybe not since Southern California ruled college baseball in the 1970s or LSU in the 1990s has a team come to the College World Series as a heavier favorite than Florida this year.

    Seven Gators are among the top 108 draft picks, Kevin O’Sullivan has assembled the best pitching staff in the country and there’s been a feeling since last year that the program is due to win its first national championship and put the list of CWS disappointments behind it.

  • Indians strike three times in 8th to top Rays

    CLEVELAND — Francisco Lindor and Juan Uribe homered in the eighth inning and the Cleveland Indians beat the Tampa Bay Rays 7-4 on Monday night.

    Lindor hit the first pitch from Erasmo Ramirez (7-5) into the lower deck in right field for his eighth homer of the season, breaking a 4-all tie. Uribe homered in his third straight game, a two-run shot off Ramirez.

    Carlos Santana also homered for the AL Central-leading Indians, who have won four straight.

  • Tampa Bay swept by Giants

    ST. PETERSBURG — A once-promising homestand didn’t end soon enough for the Tampa Bay Rays.

    “It’s good to be getting out of here,” manager Kevin Cash said after Sunday’s 5-1 loss to the San Francisco Giants left his team with a four-game losing streak.

    The Rays won four of five to begin a nine-game, 10-day stretch at Tropicana Field. Dropping all three games to the Giants over the weekend ruined a chance to finish with the team’s first winning homestand.