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Rays pitchers throw second straight shutout

August 21, 2018 general

Tuesday, 4 a.m. As victories go, it didn’t feel as if it was from the future. But maybe it was. It involved a big of technology — a replay call that was reversed in favor of the Tampa Bay Rays. It involved a big of outside-the-box thinking — another “bullpen” day that held up in […]

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Looking back at the Bucs’ preseason win over Titans

August 20, 2018 general

5 Observations 1. Yes, Jameis Winston has been as sharp as he’s been in two weeks before. It hasn’t happened often, because Winston has run up ratings of 99.4 and a career-high 151.8 in the last two weeks for a combined rating of 116.1 . But he’s had consecutive ratings of more than 100 in […]

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Once again, it’s Sergio to the rescue for Rays

August 20, 2018 general

Monday, 3 a.m. One hundred times, he has slammed the door. One hundred times, he has taken away the last hope of an opponent. Other men have done it more. Other men have done it better. But there is something to a skill that you have repeated 100 times. There is something to walking a […]

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Random thoughts: Could Bucs finish 1-15?

August 19, 2018 general

Sunday, 4 a.m. Granted, the schedule is tough, and granted, Jameis Winston will miss three games. But the Sporting News says the Bucs will go 1-15 this year. Which means that Dirk Koetter’s seat won’t just be hot, it will burst into flames. — When the Rays’ Chris Gomez flipped a baseball to a female […]

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Price, Sox teach Glasnow a thing or two

August 19, 2018 general

Sunday, 3 a.m. Everywhere, there were lessons for young Tyler Glasnow. There was the Boston Red Sox, baseball’s best offense. There was former Tampa Bay Ray David Price, dealing once again. There was the scoreboard, which seemed as if it might fall over and flatten Glasnow before he could begin. And, in the end, it […]

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Bucs’ Winston sizzles in preseason win over Titans

August 19, 2018 general

Sunday, 4 a.m. This, the Tampa Bay Bucs will miss. This type of play, when the quarterback is precise and dangerous and creative, when he leads his team downfield like he’s leading a parade, will  make the Bucs wince to be without him. It will make his teammates — at least privately — look forlornly […]

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Ask Gary: Is Jacksonville the state’s best team?

August 18, 2018 College Sports in Florida

Each week, the readers take over GarySheltonsports.com and play Ask Gary. They send in a question, or a couple, on Thursday night or Friday morning and we all talk about the world of sports. Think of it as a radio show where you don’t have to be on hold. Join us and ask a question, […]

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Red Sox flex their muscles against Tampa Bay

August 18, 2018 general

Saturday, 3 a.m Oh. So that’s why the Boston Red Sox are baseball’s equivalent to Attila and his backup band, the Huns. Because they hit like that. And they pitch like that. And they field like that. Yeah, the Red Sox — 51 games over .500 — put on a show for the Tampa Bay […]

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Once again, Bucs hope their line can perform

August 18, 2018 general

Saturday, 2 a.m. Just asking, but is an offensive line supposed to be this offensive? All these years, and the Bucs continue to search. Historically, they are Paul Gruber and the Pips, a battered bunch holding on for dear life. Even in their Super Bowl-winning season — a long time ago — they were made […]

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Rays look to Kolarek (yeah, him) for the rescue

August 17, 2018 general

Thursday, 4 a.m. Sometimes, even the guy in charge of the saves needs saving. Sometimes, he needs it from the least likely source on the roster. Moments after Sergio Romo — who leads the team in saves with 14 — blew up and seemed determined to blow the Rays’ latest game against the New York […]

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