Rays have been willing to move pitchers

May 16, 2017 general

Tuesday, 4 a.m. One eye is on the scoreboard. One eye is on the flight departure board. In some cities, the fans ask “who’s next?” In this one, they ask “where’s next?” Around here, pitchers don’t come to stay. They stop by, throw a few innings, and head to the airport. And thanks for playing. […]

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Indians put historic beating on Archer

May 16, 2017 general

Monday, 2 a.m. For Chris Archer, the disappointment was more than six decades in the making. Archer was 62 seasons worth of bad Monday night in an 8-7 loss to the Cleveland Indians. It was Archer’s sixth loss in six starts against the Indians, a beginning unmatched since Frank Sullivan pitched for the Red Sox […]

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Are we sure Kaepernick is being blackballed?

May 15, 2017 general

Monday, 4 a.m. In the ongoing debate over the lack of a signature by Colin Kaepernick, let us agree on this: We aren’t talking about Tom Brady. If a team, any team, were to go out and sign Kaepernick today, the end result would not be Lombardi Trophies. We aren’t talking about Canton, and we […]

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Rays blow open game in victory

May 15, 2017 general

Monday, 2 a.m. First was why the bullpen couldn’t hold the opposition down. Second was why the batting order couldn’t pad to the lead. It happened Sunday afternoon, when the Rays finally ran away from an opponent. Tampa Bay turned a slight 3-2 lead into 4-2, and then erupted with their biggest inning of the […]

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Random thoughts: Did Rays send Snell to bottom?

May 14, 2017 general

Sunday, 4 a.m. The way I see it, the question wasn’t whether the Rays send pitcher Blake Snell down. The question is how far down they sent him. – According the TheSpun.com, Florida would hire Oklahoma State’s Mike Gundy if Jim McElwain left. FSU would hire, according to the site, former Heisman winner Chris Weinke. […]

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Rays demote pitcher Blake Snell after loss

May 14, 2017 general

Sunday, 3 a.m. Stardom will have to wait for Blake Snell. The Tampa Bay Rays put Snell’s future on hold Saturday afternoon when they demoted him to AAA, shortly after he lost another game, this one by 6-3 to the Red Sox. Snell is 0-4 on the season (with a 4.71 ERA) and 6-12 as […]

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Hristov leads Rowdies to another win

May 14, 2017 general

Sunday, 2 a.m. He has played more games for the Rowdies than anyone. And still, Tampa Bay cannot see enough of Georgi Hristov. Hristov scored his team-leading fourth goal of the year Saturday night, leading the Rowdies to a 2-0 victory over Louisville. DeShorn Brown also scored for Tampa Bay, while Joe Cole had two […]

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Ask Gary: Are this year’s Rays better?

May 13, 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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For once, Rays don’t let the lead slip away

May 13, 2017 general

Saturday, 2 a.m. You’ve seen this before. The Tampa Bay Rays were in the middle of a mess. A big lead was dwindling. The defense was faulty. The opponent was coming back. Alex Colome was being asked to work overtime. And then the Rays slammed the door. For once. The Rays held on to beat […]

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Once again, the last-place Royals embarrass Rays

May 12, 2017 general

Friday, 4 a.m. Thank goodness the Kansas City Royals are leaving town. The Royals, which have been absolutely dreadful against the rest of the American League, left St. Petersburg Thursday night with little chunks of Tampa Bay Rays between their cleats.The Royals, still in last place in the AL Central, took three of four from […]

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