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Would another losing season doom Cash?

March 27, 2017 general

Friday, 4 a.m. There are a lot of things wrong with the Tampa Bay Rays that are not his fault. With Kevin Cash, the conversation starts there. His team’s pitching was subpar. The hitting wasn’t very good. The defense was shaky. The baserunning was an adventure. The roster was bleeding. The bullpen was overused. The […]

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Ask Gary: Should Sternberg show more urgency for a stadium?

March 25, 2017 general

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Bauers’ spring play making Rays’ decision harder

March 19, 2017 general

Sunday, 4 a.m. With every swing of the bat, Jake Bauers seems to be changing minds. Bauers, the team’s No. 4 prospect, hit another home run Saturday to continue a nice spring. At this point, Bauers has a shot at making the club. If not, he could be an early-season callup. Bauers has hit two […]

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Ask Gary: Is there room for Longo and Kiermaier?

March 18, 2017 general

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Rays invest wisely in extending Kevin Kiermaier

March 16, 2017 Baseball

Thursday, 4 a.m. When it gets to core of it, here is all you need to know about Kevin Kiermaier. By and large, none of us mind one cent of the Outlaw’s big heist. We are jealous brood by nature. We read about the monopoly money contracts that are being passed out, and we shake […]

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Ask Gary: Why isn’t Tampa Bay’s PGA event better?

March 11, 2017 general

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The five key players for the Rays’ success

March 1, 2017 general

Wednesday, 4 a.m. They need everyone. They need hitters. They need pitchers. They need defenders. They need, basically, the calvary to come charging over the hill. They need base-runners. They need defensive players. They need minor-leagures. They need Ghostbusters. If the Tampa Bay Rays are really going to be better, if they are really going […]

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Could this Rays team make the playoffs…in 2013?

February 23, 2017 general

Thursday, 4 a.m. Are these Tampa Bay Rays good enough to make this year’s post-season? Who knows? Oh, they are confident enough, for whatever that’s worth. In the spring, confidence blooms like wildflowers. Everyone is going to hit .300 and everyone is going to win 18 games and no one is going to let a […]

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The problem: Cheaters sometimes do win

February 21, 2017 College Sports in Florida

Monday, 4 a.m. You love your alma mater. You remember the days walking past the library, smelling the spring air. You remember hanging around the student union and drinking milk shakes. You remember the football stadium on Saturday afternoons, and the way you would paint your face and scream for your team. It’s your school, […]

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Random thoughts: Irving might fall off the world

February 19, 2017 general

Sunday, 5 a.m. Did you see that Kyrie Irving thinks the world is flat? Not only that, he thinks the world is supported by a guy named Atlas who carries it on his shoulders. – No word on whether Irving or Rams’ defensive end William Hayes — who doesn’t believe dinosaurs existed — have been […]

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