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Random thoughts: Belichick getting by without fun

June 3, 2018 general

Sunday, 4 a.m. Despite recent criticism that he doesn’t surround himself with jesters and acrobats to liven up practice, Patriots’ coach Bill Belichick says football is more about winning than having fun. To that end, the Patriots will continue to compete in the Conference USA division of the NFL, where six wins are guaranteed. What […]

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Once again, Archer fails to stop Rays’ slide

June 3, 2018 general

Sunday, 3 a.m. Do the Tampa Bay Rays expect too little of pitcher Chris Archer? Or do the rest of us expect too much? Archer, a former all-star, stubbed his toe once again Saturday night in Seattle. He dropped a 3-1 game to the Mariners, the team’s third straight defeat. The Rays fell below .500 […]

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Ask Gary: Are Rays leading other teams to cheapness?

June 2, 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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Smith’s wobbly play leads to Rays’ defeat

June 2, 2018 general

Saturday, 3 a.m. In the on-again, off-again season of Mallex Smith, count Friday night among the more forgettable performances of his young career. Smith tried twice to dive for fly balls in the fourth inning of a 4-3, 13-inning loss to Seattle. Both times he missed, and the batters ended ups with a triple and […]

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Home runs help A’s snap Rays’ winning streak

June 1, 2018 general

Friday, 4 a.m. For a day, the Tampa Bay Rays were no longer one of the surprise teams of the American League. For a day, the “Bullpen Day” blue print no longer worked. For a day, the Oakland A’s defended their home turf. After three straight wins over the A’s, and five overall, the Rays […]

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Random Thoughts: Goodnight Josh Freeman

May 27, 2018 Tampa Bay Rays

Josh Freeman has looked in the mirror and decided that he’s done. Of course, that same mirror was there in 2012. — Now that Freeman has stopped playing, isn’t it time for Trent Dilfer? What? He did? Nevermind. — Interesting story by my old friend and co-worker Dave Hyde of the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel on […]

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Rays’ Banda leads 5-1 victory over Baltimore

May 27, 2018 general

Sunday, 3 a.m. As a strategy goes, all of baseball seems to be discussing the Rays’ revolutionary new pitching blueprint. Perhaps, however, the controversy should not be over who opens the game for the Rays. Perhaps, just perhaps, the controversy should be over whichever pitcher pitches second. The Rays captured an easy 5-1 victory over […]

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After trading two regulars, numb Rays lose to Orioles

May 26, 2018 general

Saturday, 3 a.m. What the Tampa Bay Rays needed, really needed, on Friday night was a good RBI man. He didn’t have to have the best average, mind you. He just needed a knack for finding a hole when a runner was in scoring position. Seeing how the Rays were zero-for-10 in scoring position, it […]

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Snell dominates early in Rays’ win over Red Sox

May 25, 2018 general

Friday, 3 a.m. He talks slowly. He works quickly. Yet, somehow, it is the time of Blake Snell. Snell, the 25-year-old left-hander of the Tampa Bay Rays, was solid again Thursday night. He threw a six scoreless innings of three-hit baseball, allowing the Rays to beat the Boston Red Sox 6-3. Snell struck out eight. […]

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Rays unravel in ninth inning in latest loss to Red Sox

May 24, 2018 general

Thursday, 3 a.m. On the first night, he flashed his potential. On the second, however, Willie Adames proved he isn’t ripe yet. A ninth-inning error by Adames left the door open for the Tampa Bay Rays in Wednesday night’s 4-1 loss to the Boston Red Sox. The Rays are now 3-9 against the Red Sox […]

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