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Marc Topkin's takeaways from Monday's Rays-Orioles game

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 23:51:57 -0400

RHP Chris Archer battled the elements and himself all night, getting huge outs when he needed but also allowing homers to the Nos. 7-8 hitters - his first of the season - while walking a career-high-matching five and throwing 104 in 6⅔ innings.RF Steven Souza Jr. has done a good(image)

Rays blow another lead, lose to first-place Orioles (w/video)

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 23:51:06 -0400

BALTIMORE - Monday started so well for the Rays, some still seemingly rare national recognition as Steven Souza Jr. won the AL player of the week award, and on his 28th birthday no less.Hours of uncertainty over an ominous forecast for heavy rain yielded to a cold and damp night, but playable(image)

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Rays at Orioles, 7:05 p.m. Tuesday, Baltimore

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 23:08:22 -0400

Tonight: at Orioles7:05, Camden Yards, BaltimoreTV/radio: Fox Sports Sun; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)Rays info: Toll-free 1-888-326-7297Probable pitchersRays: RH Erasmo Ramirez (2-0, 3.07)ORIOLES: LH Wade Miley (1-0, 1.89)Orioles 6, Rays 3Tampa Bay AB R H BI BB SO Avg. Dickerson(image)

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Rays journal: Chih-Wei Hu has memorable, and long, first day in majors

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 22:53:29 -0400

BALTIMORE - RHP Chih-Wei Hu's first day in the majors Sunday was not only memorable but quite long. The excitement actually started around 11 p.m. Saturday, when he got summoned to the lobby of the Louisville, Ky., hotel where the Triple-A Durham team was staying to get the news, then called(image)

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NBA playoff schedule

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 21:59:56 -0400

PlayoffsEASTBulls 2, Celtics 2Game 1: Bulls 106, Celtics 102Game 2: Bulls 111, Celtics 97Game 3: Celtics 104, Bulls 87Game 4: Celtics 104, Bulls 95Wednesday: at Boston, TBA, TNTFriday: at Chicago, TBASunday: at Boston, TBA*Raptors 3, Bucks 2Game 1: Bucks 97, Raptors 83Game 2: Raptors 106, Bucks(image)

Florida DL Caleb Brantley's case remains murky, as does draft stock

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 21:15:30 -0400

It has been almost two weeks since former Florida defensive lineman Caleb Brantley was involved in an early morning fight near a Gainesville bar, and the situation remains murky. It didn't get any clearer Monday, even after public statements from all parties involved. And it might not be resolved(image)

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The next step Bucs' Mike Evans knows he needs to take

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 20:33:17 -0400

TAMPA - Even at 23, Bucs WR Mike Evans understands he needs to take on more of a leadership role with veteran Vincent Jackson not back for 2017."I'm going to be a more vocal leader," said Evans, entering his fourth season in the league. "I always try to lead by example, but I'll be more vocal(image)

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St. Anthony's Triathlon a return to normalcy, health for Michael Poole

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 12:18:07 -0400

If the triathlon gods are trying to tell Michael Poole something, he isn't listening. A competitive cyclist from New Zealand who came to Tampa as a 19-year-old to study chemical engineering at USF, he quickly discovered triathlons.He found he was just as good at running and swimming, and(image)

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NFL Draft: Addressing the Bucs' greatest need

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 11:26:38 -0400

TAMPA - When it comes to the NFL draft under Bucs general manager Jason Licht, the offense has played with too many men on the field. The first two years, Licht took only one player on defense: LSU linebacker Kwon Alexander in the fourth round in 2015 - a terrific talent who already is(image)

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Rays journal: Starting pitchers struggling to work deep into games

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 23:44:09 -0400

ST. PETERSBURG - Rays starting pitchers are averaging just less than five innings during the past 12 games, 4.94 to be exact. In eight of those games, the starter has pitched five or fewer innings.That's not what the Rays need or expect from a pitching staff that is struggling to live up to(image)

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Late lapses cost Rays in 'frustrating' 10-inning loss to Astros (w/video)

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 23:42:18 -0400

ST. PETERSBURG - Alex Colome came on in the eighth inning Sunday to protect a one-run lead and face the heart of the Astros lineup. That was by design, and not a design made necessary by the injuries in the bullpen.Colome was told in spring training that he would be called on for the(image)

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Bucs might look to draft to add downfield receiving threats

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 23:39:40 -0400

TAMPA - It was only one day after the 2016 season had ended when Bucs coach Dirk Koetter was frank about his team's offseason needs."We need more speed and when we say playmakers, playmakers and explosive plays are one and the same," he said. "Guys that can make explosives, guys that can(image)

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NHL playoff schedule

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 22:51:16 -0400

PlayoffsEASTCapitals 4, Maple Leafs 2Game 1: Capitals 3, Leafs 2 OTGame 2: Leafs 4, Capitals 3 2OTGame 3: Leafs 4, Capitals 3 OTGame 4: Capitals 5, Leafs 4Game 5: Capitals 2, Leafs 1 OTSunday: Capitals 2, Leafs 1 OTSenators 4, Bruins 2Game 1: Bruins 2, Senators 1 Game 2: Senators 4, Bruins 3 OTGame(image)

A tragic story worth the attention

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 22:00:26 -0400

Times columnist Tom Jones looks back at the best and worst from a weekend of televised sports.Most interesting coverageThe death of former Patriots and Gators tight end Aaron Hernandez dominated ESPN daytime programming Wednesday, even bumping the popular First Take to ESPN2 so SportsCenter could(image)

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Rays at Orioles, 7:05 p.m. Monday, Baltimore

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 19:11:28 -0400

Tonight: at Orioles7:05, Camden Yards, BaltimoreTV/radio: Fox Sports Sun; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)Probable pitchersRays: RH Chris Archer (2-0, 3.20)ORIOLES: RH Ubaldo Jimenez (1-0, 5.51)On Archer: Rays are 4-0 in his first four starts after going 0-4 in his first four starts last season. Has(image)

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With no pressing need, Bucs look ahead

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 18:33:12 -0400

TAMPA - At first glance, offensive line doesn't seem like a pressing need for the Bucs.They have their entire starting offensive line back from last season, with guard J.R. Sweezy now healthy after missing 2016 season due to back surgery. They are moving guard Ali Marpet to center, where they(image)

Bucs should jump at chance to draft FSU RB Dalvin Cook

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 00:20:56 -0400

Two of the first things that stood out about Dalvin Cook were his shoes — shiny and gold. They carried him to 223 yards and four touchdowns in Miami Central High's 52-7 win over Armwood in the 2013 state title game. They flashed as he capped an 80-yard score by somersaulting into the end zone.(image)

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Rays overcome more bad fortune to rally past Astros (w/video)

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 00:17:59 -0400

ST. PETERSBURG — With Xavier Cedeno on the disabled list, the Rays began Saturday as the only team in the majors without a lefty reliever. They sent out a starter, Blake Snell, who abandoned his windup to pitch exclusively out of the stretch in simplifying his delivery yet pitched himself out(image)

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Lightning mailbag: On trade possibilities, defensemen, agent changes and more

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 23:15:27 -0400

TAMPA - So the Lightning won as many playoff games this year as the Blackhawks, the Western Conference's top seed getting swept in the first round.So much for my pre-postseason Stanley Cup pick. While Tampa Bay has turned its attention to preparing for June's amateur and expansion drafts,(image)

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Rays journal: Tommy Hunter latest reliever to be injured

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 23:10:57 -0400

ST. PETERSBURG - The pair of silver crutches resting next to the locker of RHP Tommy Hunter were not an encouraging sign Saturday, especially because the reliever left the Rays' 6-3 win against the Astros in the sixth inning with right calf tightness."It's sore," Hunter said. "You don't(image)

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Marc Topkin's takeaways from Saturday's Rays-Astros game

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 22:56:20 -0400

Bullpen depth is really being tested as RHP Tommy Hunter hobbled off with right calf tightness in the sixth. The staff is already missing Brad Boxberger, Xavier Cedeno, Shawn Tolleson and prospect Jaime Schultz due to injury. Could Ryne Stanek be next man up? LHP Blake Snell better keep searching(image)

Bucs' draft wish list: Players coming at you like a wrecking ball

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 22:55:38 -0400

TAMPA - There is a running back for every occasion in the NFL draft this year. You have power backs (Leonard Fournette), slashing/three-down backs (Dalvin Cook) and even Swiss Army knife backs (Christian McCaffrey).Bucs coach Dirk Koetter has watched them all, and there is a chance his team(image)

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Tampa Bay Rowdies lose late-game gamble

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 22:47:41 -0400

ST. PETERSBURG - With Saturday's game against Charleston tied at 2 in the final minutes, Rowdies coach Stuart Campbell decided to play for a win. He subbed in forwards and told his team to push up for a goal.The strategy backfired. Tampa Bay gave up a goal in the 89th minute and lost to the(image)

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Jones: FSU-Bucs draft connection, coincidental or cagey?

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 22:28:12 -0400

Call them the Tampa Bay Seminoles.Tampa Bay's NFL team has a Florida State quarterback. The kicker is a 'Nole. And if things break just right in this week's NFL draft, another Seminole - running back Dalvin Cook - could land in its lap."I hope the Bucs draft him," said Hall of Famer and(image)

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Rays vs. Astros, 1:10 p.m. Sunday, Tropicana Field

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 22:20:17 -0400

Today: vs. Astros1:10, Tropicana FieldTV/radio: Fox Sports Sun; 620-AM, 760-AM (Spanish)Tickets: $30-$300; available at Tropicana Field box office,, team Tampa store; surcharge of up to $5 within five hours of gamePromotions: Blade Sunglasses to fans 14 and under while supplies(image)

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