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This time, Rays defeated on opponents’ homers

June 15, 2017 general

Thursday, 3:30 a.m. Sometimes, it isn’t the home runs that the Tampa Bay Rays hit. Sometimes, it’s the ones they give up. The Rays came from ahead once again Wednesday night, losing a 7-6 decision to the Toronto Blue Jays. Tampa Bay starter Jake Odorizzi, who gives up a lot of homers, gave up a […]

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Rays move to three games over .500 with win

June 14, 2017 general

Wednesday, 5 a.m. One of the questions about the latest Rays’ victory: What if young Jacob Faria never loses again? Another question: What if Corey Dickerson never makes another out? Two Rays at the opposite end of the spectrum led the Rays to an 8-1 victory over Toronto, the team’s sixth win in its last […]

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Eventually, will McKay have to make choice?

June 14, 2017 general

Wednesday, 3 a.m. The conversation begins with a decision by Babe Ruth. Pretty much, that’s all you need to know about Brendan McKay. Babe Ruth. Mind you, no one is silly enough to compare the players. Understood. But like Ruth, a decision looms ahead for McKay, who is a very good hitting prospect on the […]

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Hitter? Pitcher? Rays take both in MLB draft

June 13, 2017 general

Tuesday, 2 a.m. The Tampa Bay Rays wanted pitching help with the fourth pick of Monday night’s Major League Baseball draft. And, they also wanted hitting help. Maybe, just maybe, they ended up with both by taking Brendan McKay. McKay, the best two-way player in the draft who turned down a contract offer from the […]

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Rays come from behind on Smith’s legs

June 12, 2017 general

Monday, 2 a.m. Is it too soon to proclaim the Tampa Bays to be Mallex Smith’s team? Probably. After all, Smith just got back. He’s just 24 years old. And, to give him credit, he calls himself “just a piece” of the Rays’ puzzle. But so far, man, has he been something to watch. Smith, […]

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On a day when baseball refuses to end

June 11, 2017 general

Sunday, 2 a.m. Lawrence spent less time in Arabia. Robert Redford spent less time running from the Condor. In the Shawshank Redemption, Tim Robbins’ sentence wasn’t nearly this long. They played baseball Saturday. All of Saturday. They set out to single-handedly prove why no one plays doubleheaders anymore. Slightly agitated players, worn out fans, bloodshot […]

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Random thoughts: Does Duffy doll limp?

June 11, 2017 general

I don’t know about you, but I enjoyed the Rays promotion of “Matt Duffy Bobblefoot night.” – J.R. Smith had a great line about LeBron James: “He’s a Gatorade baby.” Right. And Frankenstein was an electricity baby. Both were created in a lab somewhere. – Jeff Van Gundy defends Kloe Kardashian who, frankly, does seem […]

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Ask Gary: Has Joe earned the HOF yet?

June 10, 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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Rays adjust to life without Kiermaier … so far

June 10, 2017 general

Saturday, 2 a.m. One day without him, and so far, the Tampa Bay Rays are feeling fine. The Rays, playing for the first time without centerfielder Kevin Kiermaier, took out all of their frustrations on the Oakland A’s Friday night. The Rays, on Pride Night, beat the A’s 13-4 on the strength of five home […]

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Rays beat White Sox but may lose Kiermaier

June 9, 2017 general

Friday, 4 a.m. Now, perhaps more than ever, the Rays need to play the game by concentrating on one series at a time. Forget about the season. Forget about home stands and road trips. For the Rays, the road to survival is one series at a time. Now that the starting pitching has sputtered, now […]

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