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Where Aguayo ranks among Bucs’ second-round busts?

August 14, 2017 general

Mobday, 4 a.m. In the mind’s eye, he is solid. He is dependable. He is a cornerstone. Most of the time, he is not a star. He lacks the skill set to get him into the first round. But he makes up for it by being an excellent support player. You can count on him. […]

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Spiraling Rays lose another game to fall below .500

August 14, 2017 general

Monday, 2 a.m. The point of baseball is, of course, coming home. But don’t blame the Tampa Bay Rays if they can’t wait to get away. The Rays finished a horrid, homely homestand on Sunday, losing once again. This time, it was to the Cleveland Indians by a score of 4-3. It dropped the Rays […]

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Random thoughts: Rays offer nothing in playoff race

August 13, 2017 general

Sunday, 4:30 a.m. Now that the Bucs have let go of Roberto Aguayo, is anyone else concerned with him driving out of the facility? I mean, don’t you have to be straight to drive? – Can someone take the Rays’ last strike? – Maybe their last two? And bring in the fences? – I’m a […]

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Rays’ slump entering historic porportions

August 13, 2017 general

Sunday, 3 a.m. Ben Grieve never had this much nothing. Vinny Castilla, either. Paul Sorrento or Kevin Stocker or Rich Butler never struggled like this. Danny Clyburn and Steve Cox and Robert Fick were never this far from home plate. No Rays’ hitter ever has been this much under control by American League pitchers. It […]

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Bucs finally kick Aguayo to the curb

August 12, 2017 general

  Updated, 6:15 p.m. Goodnight, Roberto. You’ve been booted. The Tampa Bay Bucs finally threw their hands up over scatter-footed kicker Roberto Aguayo Saturday morning, only hours after he missed another extra point and another field goal in a 23-12 exhibition loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. “Anytime you have to let a draft pick go, […]

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Ask Gary: Should Winston’s flaws concerned us?

August 12, 2017 general

(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, make a comment […]

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Yikes! Aguayo misses two kicks as Bucs lose

August 12, 2017 general

Saturday, 2 a.m. An extra point. He missed a bleeping extra point. Another one. Forget everything else. Forget a hot start by Jameis Winston. Forget Mike Evans’ dominance  in the first quarter. Forget the porous run defense. Forget all of it. Roberto Aguayo and his misguided foot missed another extra point and another field goal […]

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Once again, Rays return to the land of the loss

August 12, 2017 general

Saturday, 2 a.m. Sometimes, a big home run snaps a slump. And sometimes, it is just a break in the pain. The Tampa Bay Rays nestled right back into their funk Friday night, being shut out for the fifth time in their last 18 games (and fourth time in this homestand) in a 5-0 beating […]

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Dickerson’s 3-run blast leads Rays to a victory

August 11, 2017 general

Friday, 4 a.m. Hey, didn’t you used to be Corey Dickerson? You remember Dickerson. The first half all-star. A guy who was batting as high as .346. The easy pick for the first half MVP of this team. Yeah, that’s him, all right. Dickerson ended an endless slump Thursday night, hitting a first-pitch fastball over […]

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Sam and Ickey: Reflections of the Bengals

August 11, 2017 general

Friday, 4 a.m. It was two weeks before Super Bowl XXIII, and I needed help. I was in Cincinnati, on my way to Spinney Field, a parking lot at a facility that was so bad the Spartans used to refuse to train there. The grass was patchy, and the air smelled funny. But the Cincinnati […]

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