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Nothing doing for Panthers vs. Bolts

May 24, 2022 general

Tuesday, 4 a.m. The best shot of the Florida Panthers meant nothing. The President’s Cup meant nothing. Two goals that were disallowed by the officials meant nothing. It all meant nothing to the Panthers, basically, because that’s what goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy gave up. Vasy was at his best Monday night when the Bolts kicked the […]

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Bolts take 3-0 lead over dazed Florida

May 23, 2022 general

Monday, 4 a.m. There is blood in the water now. The Tampa Bay Lightning, kings of the kill shot, can smell it. It seems to have made them hungrier than ever. How on earth can the Florida Panthers stop them now? The Panthers, the best team in the NHL during the regular season, have been […]

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Rays sloppy again in loss to Baltimore

May 23, 2022 general

Monday, 3 a.m. It’s bad enough to lose to the Baltimore Orioles. It’s worse when your team becomes the Baltimore Orioles. For a day, it was hard to tell the Tampa Bay Rays from the cellar-dwelling Orioles, who came back to beat the Rays 7-6 in 11 innings Sunday. Content beyond this point is for […]

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Arozarena homers twice in Rays’ victory

May 22, 2022 general

Sunday, 4 a.m. The Tampa Bay Rays finally figured out how to control the recklessness of Randy Arozarena on the basepaths. All they have to do is have him jog around them. Arozarena hit two home runs Saturday night — doubling his season total — in a 6-1 victory by the Rays. Arozarena — who […]

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Rays sloppy in loss to Baltimore

May 21, 2022 general

Saturday, 4 a.m. Down deep, we all knew that someday, the Baltimore Orioles would beat the Tampa Bay Rays again. No one knew, however, how ugly a game it would take. The Rays blew three different leads in Friday night’s 8-6, 13-inning loss to the Orioles Friday night, a game that ended with a two-run […]

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Last-second goal gives Bolts a 2-0 lead

May 20, 2022 general

Friday, 4 a.m. The final pass was so dazzling, so breathtaking, that you tend to forget about the 59 minutes and 56 seconds that came before it. The final goal was so sudden, so deadly, that you tend to forget about the pain and the passion that preceded it. That’s the thing about last-heartbeat victories […]

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Paredes says hello with two-homer game

May 19, 2022 general

Thursday, 4 a.m. Regarding that much-discussed Austin Meadows trade… Maybe the Rays didn’t give up enough. The trade for Isaac Paredes caused a lot of frowns at the time, seeing as how Meadows was a popular player who had driven in 106 runs a year ago. But, no, the Rays didn’t give him away for […]

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Bolts jump to 1-0 lead over Panthers

May 18, 2022 general

Tuesday, 4 a.m. When the Florida Panthers turn off the light at night, do they see the faces of the Tampa Bay Lightning hover over them? Do they see the looming features of Andrei Vasilevskiy, the goalie who has denied them so often? Do they see the eyes of Nikita Kucherov, who haunted them a […]

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Rays’ outfield goes deep against Tigers

May 18, 2022 general

Tuesday, 3 a.m. For a night, they were sluggers. For a night, they made infielders nervous. They are the outfield of the Tampa Bay Rays, normally a light-hitting bunch (now that Manuel Margot is injured) who try to make it through on defense and timely plays. Ah, but in Monday night’s 8-1 drubbing of Detroit, […]

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Kittredge gives up another homer in loss

May 17, 2022 general

Tuesday, 4 a.m. One of the toughest things in baseball is when a strength becomes a weakness. Take it from Andrew Kittredge, who has had a rough eight days. Kittredge gave up yet another home run late in Monday night’s 3-2 loss to Detroit, the worst team in the American League. It was Kittredge’s third […]

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