Astros clobber Rays as Cobb is chased early

August 1, 2017 Baseball

Tuesday, 3 a.m. It was so bad that the Rays’ last relief pitcher was a catcher. It was so bad that the Rays’ had two hits going into the eighth inning. It was so bad that the Rays lost by a football score. Yeah, it was painful, all right. The Rays lost, 14-7, and gave […]

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Bullpen sharp as Rays finally win one in New York

July 31, 2017 Baseball

Monday, 2 a.m. Need one word to describe the latest game by the Tampa Bay Rays? How about “relief?” Relief, as in the feeling of a baseball team winning after it had lost eight of the previous 10 games. Relief, as in a team stopping the slide downward in the standings. And relief, as in […]

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New faces, but same results for Rays’ bullpen

July 30, 2017 Baseball

Sunday, 2 a.m. Say this about the rebuilt bullpen of the Tampa Bay Rays. Brett Gardner likes it. In fact, Gardner is a huge fan after the first three games of the Yankees’ series against the Rays. Gardner has had four hits in the series, including three in the ninth inning or later. He’s had […]

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The Rays are different, but are they better?

July 29, 2017 Baseball

Saturday, 2 a.m. The newly reconstructed Tampa Bay Rays face an age-old question these days. Are they better off? A flurry of activity – three trades in two days, six in six weeks – didn’t help the Rays Friday night in a 6-1 defeat by the New York Yankees at Yankee  Content beyond this point […]

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Routine ground ball sets up Rays’ defeat

July 28, 2017 Baseball

Friday, 2 a.m. After their latest loss, the Tampa Bay Rays will not remember a walk-off home run by the Yankees’ Brett Gardner in the 11th inning. Nor will they remember a leadoff triple by Gardner in the 9th that led to the tying run. No, this game will forever be remembered for a routine […]

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The schedule gets trickier for the Tampa Bay Rays

July 27, 2017 Baseball

Thursday, 3 a.m. For the Tampa Bay Rays, this may be where the wildcard is won. Or lost. The water is about to get deep … and treacherous. There are sharks and barracuda, crocodiles and sea snakes. This is where a team gets hot, or where it gets left behind.  Content beyond this point is […]

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Cobb getting better and better after win over O’s

July 27, 2017 Baseball

Thursday, 2 a.m. For the first five innings, you could understand much of the recent slump by the Tampa Bay Rays. For the last three and a half, you could comprehend why the Rays may still have a chance. The Rays, one-hit until the sixth inning, broke loose to win their series against the Baltimore […]

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Rays’ offense shackled by the Yankees’ Sabathia

April 5, 2017 Baseball

Wednesday, 4 a.m. Now, of course, we panic. This is what we do in the face of reality. We run in circles and scream that the sky is falling. Our eyes bulge and our blood pressures rise, and we let ourselves believe that we will never score again. All fun has been canceled. Because this […]

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Rays invest wisely in extending Kevin Kiermaier

March 16, 2017 Baseball

Thursday, 4 a.m. When it gets to core of it, here is all you need to know about Kevin Kiermaier. By and large, none of us mind one cent of the Outlaw’s big heist. We are jealous brood by nature. We read about the monopoly money contracts that are being passed out, and we shake […]

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Random thoughts: Could Buckeyes beat Browns?

October 9, 2016 Auto racing

Sunday, 6 a.m. Did you see that 62 percent of people in Ohio think that Ohio State would beat the Cleveland Browns. I think its absurd to suggest a college team could be a pro team. On the other hand, do the Browns count as a pro team? – I loved Bill Murray’s “I Ain’t Afraid […]

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