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McKay struggles as the Mariners bomb Rays

August 20, 2019 general

Tuesday, 4 a.m. Quick. Someone stop Brendan McKay’s backslide. For goodness sakes, the kid is getting worse. McKay struggled once again Monday night, lasting only two innings and giving up seven runs (only three earned) in a 9-3 loss to the last-place Seattle Mariners. McKay gave up three hits and walked three, meaning that in […]

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Miller Needs to Impress Bucs in a Hurry

August 20, 2019 general

Tuesday, 3 a.m. Scottie Miller needs to recover on the fly. Miller, the team’s sixth-round draft pick, has missed most of the preseason with a hamstring injury, meaning that other receivers have passed himon the depth chart. With two preseason games left, Miller has to get noticed in a hurry. Bucs’ coach Bruce Arians said […]

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Rays find Choi in another walk-off win

August 19, 2019 general

Monday, 4 a.m. The Tampa Bay Rays have a long way to go in this American League Wild-Card race. At least they’re walking off in the right direction, however. The Rays ended a victory with a walk-off celebration Sunday afternoon, coming back to beat the Detroit Tigers, 5-4, on a one-out single by Ji-Man Choi […]

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Winning is good, and other Bucs’ lessons

August 19, 2019 general

Monday, 3 a.m. It doesn’t matter who the coach is. It doesn’t matter who the quarterback is. It doesn’t matter what time of season it is. Winning is never a bad thing. Just ask new Bucs’ coach Bruce Arians, who recorded his first win with the team on Friday night against Miami. “(It was a) […]

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Brosseau finally rewards Rays’ pitchers

August 18, 2019 general

Sunday, 3 a.m. Mike Brosseau is the kid from nowhere, a flinty ballplayer who will surprise you with his bat. Eric Sogard lives two houses down from Brosseau in nowhere, a scrappy ballplayer who will surprise you with his moments. Together, they brought the Tampa Bay Rays back from the border to nowhere, combining for […]

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Looking back at the Bucs’ win over Miami

August 18, 2019 general

5 Observations 1. As much as Bruce Arians wants to keep Cairo Santos in the argument, Matt Gay has his kicking competition won. Santos was an insurance policy in case Gay Aguayoed, but unless the team finds an injury with Santos, it’s over. 2. Maybe it’s just me, but I would consider Ryan Griffin in […]

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Just practice, so why does it feel so good?

August 17, 2019 general

Saturday, 4 a.m. It was just a practice game in the rain. Why, then, does it feel like a promise? It was just a back-and-forth between the backups of two mediocre teams? Why, then, does it feel like hope? It was just another preseason game, fake sweat in the names of upcoming decisions. Why, then, […]

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For the Rays, Home is for Horrors

August 17, 2019 general

Saturday, 3 a.m. They’re home again. And maybe, just maybe, those beds are too comfortable. There is something about playing at home that makes most teams a little better. Not so with the Tampa Bay Rays, who continued to struggle at Tropicana Field with a 2-0 loss to Detroit. Content beyond this point is for […]

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A checklist for the Bucs’ game against Miami

August 16, 2019 general

Friday, 4 a.m. If they can just catch a few breaks … If they can somehow remain healthy … If they can cut down on the turnovers and the penalties and the blown plays … If they get production from their rookies … If their quarterback is just a bit better … And then, maybe […]

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Arians would like fewer penalties this week

August 15, 2019 general

Thursday, 3 a.m. In his second look, Bucs’ coach Bruce Arians would like a clearer picture. Arians, whose team faces the Dolphins on Friday night, would like his team be a bit sharper in week two of the preseason. “Better execution out of our young players,” Arians said when asked what he wants to see. […]

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