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Pierre-Paul off a good start with Tampa Bay

October 11, 2018 general

Thursday, 4 a.m. Four. It doesn’t sound like a lot. Four. Heck, there were that many Beatles. That many seasons in a year. That many leaves on some clover That many Cartwrights (original issue). Four. Four is a start. Four is a solid month. Four is a full set of Horsemen. And in the case […]

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Ask Gary: What are the odds Bucs’ brass survives?

October 6, 2018 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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Looking back at the 2018 Rays’ season

October 3, 2018 general

Wednesday, 4 a.m. 5 Observations 1. If you aren’t convinced yet about the strength of the opener, you will be. Too many teams simply don’t have enough starters and, as a result, will try to limit the matchups. You’ll see more in the future. 2. The reason I would vote for Kevin Cash for Manager […]

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Rays finish impressive season with win No. 90

October 1, 2018 general

Monday, 3 a.m. We will remember them as plucky. We will remember them as scrappy. Most of all, we will remember the 2018 Tampa Bay Rays as overachievers. The Rays wrapped up their season Sunday afternoon in fine style. They won their 90th game, and rookie Joey Wendle finished with a .300 batting average, and […]

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Snell solid as Rays capture win No. 89

September 30, 2018 general

Sunday, 4 a.m. For the Tampa Bay Rays, Saturday was all about Sunday. Think of it as a preamble to the final steps in a team’s journey. The Rays put themselves in position to win 90 games with a 4-3 victory over Toronto. Blake Snell put himself in position for further discussions of the Cy […]

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Random thoughts: Is a Cy Young in Snell’s future?

September 30, 2018 general

Sunday, 3:30 a.m. Famous Youngs: Neil, Loretta, Steve, Mighty Joe  and the Cy that will soon be in Blake Snell’s mitts. – If you aren’t smart enough to tweet in the proper direction, you’re more of a lost cause than your victim. Ask TV reporter Chris Conte, who’s taking grief for the stiff-arm that was […]

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Ask Gary: Improved Bucs still have shortcomings

September 29, 2018 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 still have some improving to do

September 29, 2018 general

Saturday, 3:30 a.m. As they limp toward the finish line, beaten and battered, this remains for the Tampa Bay Rays. What about getting better for next year? Despite of having a better-than-expected season, there is still room for improvement for a team that has won just three times in its last nine games. The Rays […]

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Yankees batter Rays to capture series

September 28, 2018 general

Friday, 4 a.m. It wasn’t enough that the New York Yankees beat the tar out of the Tampa Bay Rays this week. They would have liked a little blood, too. Maybe a couple of bruises, while they were at it. The Yankees clobbered the Tampa Bay Rays Thursday afternoon, 12-1. It was the third win […]

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Rays hang on to win wild game against the Yankees

September 27, 2018 general

Thursday, 4 a.m. This was the one you will remember. In all the coming months of the off-season, in all those days where baseball is just a notion, this is the one you will reflect upon and smile. This was the one that almost got away, and the one that didn’t. This was the one […]

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