Bullpen leads narrow victory over the Mets

September 22, 2020 general

Tuesday, 3 a.m. Nate Lowe’s pretty good at hitting home runs. He may be better at handing out nicknames. Lowe was on the field ding a oct-game interview when Tampa Bay’s pitchers of the night began to file past him on their way to the dugout. “Here they are,” he said, grinning. “the Zero Factory.” […]

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Bucs’ good moments offset their bad ones

September 21, 2020 general

There was something for everyone Sunday afternoon at Raymond James Stadium. Good news? Bad news? They Bucs had both. Cause of optimism? Reasons for skepticism. They were there, too. A great first half? A sleepy second half? Pick your poison. Tight throws by Tom Brady? Ones that got a way? Big plays by the defense? […]

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Rays waste good start by Yarbrough

September 21, 2020 general

Monday, 3 a.m. Here at the end of the season, it is as obvious as ever why the Tampa Bay Rays may succeed in the playoffs, and why they may not. The Rays, leaders of the American League East, can pitch. With Ryan Yarbrough rounding into shape, their arms are at their strongest point of […]

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Bolts absorb defeat in Game One of Finals

September 20, 2020 general

Sunday, 4 a.m. Sometimes, the search for solace takes some doing. Take Saturday night, as the fans of the Tampa Bay Lightning looked for a reason to believe that the team could overcome its 4-1, opening-game loss to the Dallas Stars in the Stanley Cup Finals. Perhaps, just perhaps, the calendar cane help out. Go […]

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Another Rays’ pitcher saves another victory

September 20, 2020 general

Sunday, 3 a.m. What’s so hard about shutting the door? What’s the big deal about turning out the lights? For the Tampa Bay Rays, it doesn’t seem to be that hard. Ryan Thompson became the 12th Rays’ pitcher of the season to earn a save for his team Saturday night, getting the final two outs […]

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Notre Dame shows USF it has a way to go

September 20, 2020 general

Sunday, 2 a.m. If there were any misconceptions after the USF Bulls’ opening-week victory, well, welcome to reality. New USF coach Jeff Scott has a ton of work to do. The Bulls were drop-kicked in their second game, losing 52-0 to seventh-ranked Notre Dame. If there was any thoughts of an upset — like the […]

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Yes, Bucs could lose to Carolina, too

September 20, 2020 general

Saturday, 1 a.m. The different is in the perspective. A week ago, you didn’t see any way the Tampa Bay Bucs could lose. This week, you can see a thousand ways. What if Tom Brady is mortal again? What if the team can’t overcome Chris Godwin’s absence? What if Carolina quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is as […]

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Glasnow shuts down Orioles for victory

September 19, 2020 general

Friday, 4 a.m. Now that they are in the playoffs, a large questions looms for the Tampa Bay Rays. Who are you going to pitch in the playoffs? Two years ago, there would have been no debate. Blake Snell was the Cy Young Award winner, the best pitcher in the American League. Last year, Snell […]

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Cirelli’s late goal moves Bolts to Cup Finals

September 18, 2020 general

Friday, 4 a.m. “Hello Stanley?” “Anthony here. Anthony Cirelli. That’s right. Lightning forward. You can be forgiven if you forgot all about me. Well, until late in the evening on Thursday, that is. “Yeah. I scored a goal. Which means that me and my teammates are coming for your Cup. That’s right. See you Saturday. […]

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Adames’ homer propels Rays into playoffs

September 18, 2020 general

Friday, 3 a.m. By now, it shouldn’t surprise anyone that that Tampa Bay Rays are going to the playoffs. But driven by Willy Adames’ bat? In a 10-run game? Those are the Rays? Tampa Bay swept a doubleheader Thursday, beating the Baltimore Orioles in games of 3-1 and 10-6 to clinch their sixth playoff berth, […]

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