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Lowe, reconstructed bullpen, lead Rays to sweep

August 2, 2021 general

Monday, 4 a.m. Evidently, reports of the demise of Brandon Lowe’s bat were greatly overexaggerated. Turns out, the big bat the Rays were seeking at the Trading Deadline might be his. Lowe, who has scuffled with his batting average all season, stayed hot Sunday night in the Tampa Bay Rays’ 3-2 victory over Boston, a […]

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Arians wonders if Bucs are smart enough

August 2, 2021 general

Monday, 3 a.m. They are fast enough. They are strong enough. They are big enough. But are the Tampa Bay Bucs smart enough? Bucs’ coach Bruce Arians is wondering that after a weekend of mistakes by his team. He likes the effort; he doesn’t always like the results. “Really pleased with the effort,” Arians said. […]

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Kittredge’s great escape leads Rays win

August 1, 2021 general

Sunday, 4 a.m. Long before it was a blow out, long before it was about celebrating first place, long before it was a signature win, it was merely about a man in trouble. Andrew Kittredge was in a world of hurt, if you want the truth of it. He stood on the mound in the […]

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Arians likes the way the Bucs practiced better

August 1, 2021 general

Sunday, 3 a.m. It doesn’t happen often, but the Tampa Bay Bucs have achieved one goal in training camp. They made head coach Bruce Arians’ smile. A day after Arians expressed disappointment with the team’s practice, Arians liked what he saw of his team on Saturday. There was more life, more focus. In his eyes, […]

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Diaz’s power leads the Rays over the Red Sox

July 31, 2021 general

Saturday, 4 a.m. Well, look who is finally showing his muscles. Yandy Diaz, the well-constructed infielder of the Tampa Bay Rays, is finally discovering life on the other side of the fence. That’s always been the rub with Diaz. Despite his bulk, he never particularly hit for power. But consider this: Diaz has seven home […]

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Rays hammer Yankees behind home runs

July 30, 2021 general

Friday, 4 a.m. Consider it one of the biggest mysteries of life, if not of the Tampa Bay Rays. How in the world can a team struggle so mightily against the likes of Nestor Cortes, just another arm, one day and then do this to the likes of Gerrit Cole the next? How can a […]

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Beneath the wacky grin, Gronk is serious

July 29, 2021 general

He never had a day he didn’t like. Frankly, most of his days have liked him right back. He is a goofball. You love that about Rob Gronkowski. He has the twisty face, the big laugh. He catches balls dropped from helicopters. He mugs for the cameras. He grins so wide you swear his face […]

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Rays fall apart in extra inning loss to Yanks

July 28, 2021 general

Thursday, 4 a.m. Under the best of circumstances, the Tampa Bay Rays are lost in the darkness when it comes to extra innings. Wednesday night, however, the blew up about as bad as a baseball team could manage. The Rays lost a 3-1, 10-inning game to the New York Yankees when the 10th inning proved […]

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Rays can’t overcome Yankees in 4-3 loss

July 28, 2021 general

Wednesday, 4 a.m. It came down to the old lion, who was pitching against the older lion. It came down to age vs. age, all-star vs. all-star. It was the bottom of the ninth inning of Tuesday night’s game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Yankees. The Rays trailed by a run, with the […]

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Arians displeased with small flaws of Bucs

July 28, 2021 general

Wednesday, 3 a.m. The old man seems a little grumpy these days. Then again, there is a message of Bucs’ coach Bruce Arians. Pay attention to the little things. The big things will come later. After anther sweltering practice, Arians addressed a fourth-down given up Content beyond this point is for members only. Already a […]

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