Cash pieces together shutout out the bullpen

April 26, 2017 general

Wednesday, 3 a.m. Kevin Cash, amateur weatherman, thought it was going to rain. Turns out, that was the only part of the forecast he got wrong Tuesday night. Cash quilted together five Rays’ relievers, who combined for a two-hit shutout in a 2-0 win over the Baltimore Orioles. It was only the second Rays’ road […]

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Bucs haven’t done well late in the first (except Brooks)

April 25, 2017 general

Wednesday, 4 a.m. Take a dartboard. Make it rotate endlessly like a wheel. Now drive it by the back of a pickup truck driving down a cobblestone road in the dark. And you’re blindfolded and spun around six times. Now try to hit the bull’s-eye. Pretty much, this is the task of the Tampa Bay […]

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Grading Licht’s draft picks, one at a time

April 25, 2017 general

Tuesday, 4 a.m. Once again, he is waiting. Once again, he is watching. Jason Licht is biding his time. He’s looking at the NFL draft list, and there are a lot of teams in front of his. That’s okay. If the Bucs are going to turn things around, their draft position will only get worse. […]

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Rays lose another game on the road; Archer struggles

April 25, 2017 general

Tuesday, 3 a.m. Yep. This is what the road feels like, okay. Team charter. Room Service. Mints on the pillows. And losing baseball. The Tampa Bay Rays continue to falter away from Tropicana Field, this time losing a rain-soaked 6-3 game against  the Baltimore Orioles. The loss lowered Tampa Bay’s road record to 1-7 on […]

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Rays blow lead to lose first home series of year

April 24, 2017 general

Monday, 4 a.m. These days, closers seem to built for one inning at a time. Ask for more, and you could be asking for trouble. Consider the Rays’ 6-4 loss to the Houston Astros in 10 innings Sunday. Alex Colome was four-for-four in save opportunities coming into the game. This time, the Rays held a […]

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Most potential draft picks come with questions attached

April 24, 2017 general

Monday, 4 a.m. Everyone’s fractured. Everyone’s flawed. Everyone in the NFL draft, it turns out, is a risk. For months, we have heard of the measure of those who will selected by their NFL teams. Oh, the coaches will be filled with glee over the sight of the athletes in their uniforms. They’ll talk about […]

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Random thoughts: Whatever happened to the friendly skies?

April 23, 2017 general

Sunday, 4 a.m. Well. Nice to know that American Airlines is prepared to compete with United for the loss of your money. I’d rather fly with Amelia Earhardt than either one of them. Or Southwest. – Just wondering: How many fans will think less of Aaron Hernandez for having a boyfriend than they thought of […]

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Rays’ reliever Pruitt finally looking as if he belongs

April 23, 2017 general

Sunday, 3 a.m. A few days ago, you were wondering why he was still here. He was probably wondering the same thing. Austin Pruitt was throwing batting practice. That’s the best way to explain it. He threw a fastball, a curve, a single and a double. He had an ERA like a pinball machine, and […]

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Rowdies suffer late defeat against Charlotte

April 23, 2017 general

Sunday, 2 a.m. As it turns out, the USL might not be the pushers that Rowdies’ fans might have suspected. The Rowdies lost a 3-2 decision on a late goal to Charlotte Battery. Tampa Bay is 0-2-1 in its last three games after a 3-0 start. Charlotte scored the winning goal in the 89th minute […]

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Ask Gary: Are Rays wise to buy injured players?

April 22, 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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