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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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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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Rays can’t overcome stranded baserunners

April 4, 2019 general

Thursday, 4 a.m. As they head out on the road for the first time this season, one could hardly  blame the Tampa Bay Rays for  continuing to think about home. Home, as in the plate. As in the unsoiled, untouched plate of Wednesday afternoon. You know, the plate that eluded them completely in a 1-0, […]

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Bullpen leads the Rays to another victory

April 1, 2019 general

Tuesday, 4 a.m. Who says a team needs a great starting rotation? For the Tampa Bay Rays, a successful start has starred a strong bullpen, which once again was impressive in a 7-1 victory over the Colorado Rockies. In five games, the bullpen has thrown 21 innings and has allowed just one earned run. That […]

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Meadows leads Rays to series win over Astros

April 1, 2019 general

Monday, 4 a.m. When you are young, tomorrow seems like a thousand year’s from now. You work, and you wait, and you wonder. This guy gets his turn, and that one. And you do not. This guy moves forward, and that guy gets better, and you run in place. Injuries slow you down.  You aren’t […]

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Glasnow, Perez lead Rays to another victory

March 31, 2019 general

Sunday, 3:30 a.m. Maybe there is something to this Tampa Bay Rays team, after all. The Rays won their second straight game Saturday night, beating a strong Houston Astros team, 3-1, in a game you might not have expected the Rays to win. For instance. They struck out 13 times … and won. They scored […]

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