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Lightning risks it all to begin its playoff run

April 10, 2019 general

Tuesday, 4 a.m. The safest thing, of course, would be to call the league offices and tell them no one around here is interested in the NHL playoffs. The safest thing would be to sit back and count the statistics. The three 40-goal scorers. The 39-wins by the goaltender. The wins. The comebacks. The consistency. […]

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Meadows leads Rays to a route of White Sox

April 10, 2019 general

Tuesday, 4 a.m. In the face of sudden success, it is wise to pump the brakes. The season is early yet, you remind yourself. There are a lot of games to be played. Don’t be fooled by a hot start. On the other hand, doesn’t this Austin Meadows kid look like something special? For a […]

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Rays’ starters have given up plenty of nothing

April 9, 2019 general

Tuesday, 4 a.m. The most impressive thing about the starting pitching of the Tampa Bay Rays is how difficult they make it to describe them? Do you talk about the big three? Is it four? Is it 4 1/2? Is it five? Game after game in the early part of this season, the Rays’ starting pitchers […]

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Chirinos sharp again as Rays shut out Giants

April 8, 2019 general

Monday, 4 a.m. This “opener” strategy for the Tampa Bay Rays is so new, there is one unanswered question to it. Can a pitcher throw so well that he makes the front office rethink it? Yonny Chirinos certainly seems as if he wants to see if he can graduate from his status. Chirinos pitched his […]

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Jackson leads Baylor to championship

April 7, 2019 Alabama

Monday, 3 a.m. It was all gone. The lead, and possibly the title. To say Baylor was reeling would be to state the obvious. Despite it all, however, despite blowing a 17-point lead, Baylor came back to win the national championship, 82-81 at Amalie Arena. Baylor, which lost star player Lauren Cox during the game, […]

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Random thoughts: Stevie Y for GM of the year?

April 7, 2019 general

Sunday, 4:30 a.m. On second thought, I see nothing wrong with giving Steve Yzerman the GM of the year award, although technically, that wasn’t his job. Also, I see nothing wrong with giving Harrison Ford an Academy Award for the Godfather, even though he technically wasn’t in it. — Mel Kiper and Todd McShay have […]

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Bolts finish with a bang with comeback over Bruins

April 7, 2019 general

Sunday, 4 a.m. Take a minute. Smile. Let the season pour over you. True, there is bigger game to be hunted. But don’t think about that right now. Think of your Tampa Bay Lightning celebrating once again. Seize the moment. Celebrate. The Lightning wrapped up their sweetest regular season Saturday. Another win. Another comeback. Another […]

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Rays’ Yarbrough falters in loss to Giants

April 7, 2019 general

Sunday, 3 a.m. And so, the Tampa Bay Rays have re-opened the discussion about their “opener” strategy. The Rays went back to their opener Sunday, and they got the matchups they wanted. However, their third pitcher of the day — 16-game winner Ryan Yarbrough of a year ago — faltered, and the team absorbed a […]

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Ask Gary: Are openers bad for pitchers?

April 6, 2019 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, […]

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Rays avoid possible heroics by Longoria

April 6, 2019 general

Saturday, 4 a.m. The moment was intended as a Hollywood script. The hero that the franchise threw away was walking toward the plate with an opportunity to tie the score. Once again, it looked like an Evan Longoria moment. The Rays led 5-2 at the moment, but two runners were on base for a San […]

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