Rays need to be sure to grab onto Hechavarria

September 15, 2017 general

Friday, 3 a.m. Better than Kevin Stocker. Better than Julio Lugo. Better than Yunel Escobar. If you want to know why the Tampa Bay Rays should grab Adeiny Hetchavarria with both hands, that’s a start. He has been smooth. He has been dependable. He has been terrific.  Content beyond this point is for members only.

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The predictions: Lovie should have a tough time at Rayjay

September 15, 2017 general

Friday, 2 a.m. The oddest thing about tonight is that, finally, fans are hoping that Lovie Smith won’t win at Raymond James Stadium. Go figure. For two seasons he was head coach of the Tampa Bay Bucs, Lovie almost never won at the Ray Jay. Remember the old joke? The one place in town that […]

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Bucs haven’t been on the field together in a month

September 15, 2017 general

Friday, 2 a.m. It has been a while since the boys in the band were together. It was way back in August, in fact. By the time the Bucs take the field on Sunday, it will be 31 days since they were — briefly — together. Since then, they have dealt with a pedestrian training […]

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Bucs prepared to face former teammate Glennon

September 14, 2017 general

Thursday, 4 a.m. The Tampa Bay Bucs begin a new season Sunday against an old friend. Why, hello, Mike Glennon. Run into any controversy lately Glennon, the for-the-time-being quarterback of the Chicago Bears, returns to play against the Bucs on Sunday. While he was in Tampa Bay, Glennon wasn’t exactly a dynamic player — he […]

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Archer doesn’t last long in Rays’ latest loss

September 14, 2017 general

Thursday, 3 a.m. Once again, Chris Archer’s bottom line didn’t match his skill set on Wednesday afternoon. Archer, who routinely is praised as one of the top starters in the American League, lasted only four innings against the Yankees, giving up all three runs in a 3-2 defeat that pushed the Rays farther out of […]

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Evans leads 2017 Bucs’ rankings

September 13, 2017 general

Wednesday, 4 a.m. We know who the loudest voice in the huddle is. We know who has the best hands. We know who has the widest smile. We know who is quiet and who is confident and who is funny and who is hopeful and who has swagger. But who’s the best player of the […]

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Hechavarria powers Rays to a victory over Yankees

September 13, 2017 general

Wednesday, 3 a.m. Since he joined the Tampa Bay Rays, sonnets have been written about the defense of Aneiney Hechavarria. And to be sure, Hechavarria is a defensive wiz. From the time the shortstop landed with the Rays, his glove has been an essential weapon for the Rays. But enough about his glove. What about […]

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Rays lose ‘home’ game to the Yankees, 5-1

September 12, 2017 general

Tuesday, 3 a.m. For the Tampa Bay Rays, this was noplace like home. The Rays, technically the home team in their matchup against the New York Yankees at Citi Field Monday night (usually the home of the New York Mets), were treated rudely in a 5-1 loss. They went 0-for-nine with runners in scoring position, […]

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In the end, Irma was just a tease. Thankfully

September 11, 2017 general

Monday, 1:15 p.m. In the end, Irma was a flirt. Just like a lot of females I have known. She had little flash, a bit of sizzle. She had a  little grin, made a little noise. But in the end, she is gone elsewhere. She winked, and she blew out of town. Not much to […]

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Random Thoughts: Who will step up for Florida?

September 10, 2017 general

Sunday, 4 a.m. You are as impressed with J.J. Watt as the rest of us. He’s now raised $30 million for Houston to recover from Hurricane Harvey. But who is the Florida version? Jameis Winston? Ndamukong Suh? Gerald McCoy? Jalen Smith? Now, more than ever, the state needs a hero. — I wonder if Tom […]

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