This year, rookies will have to earn their time

July 26, 2021 general

Monday, 4 a.m. Jameis Winston was going to be the next Ben Roethlisburger. He was big, and he could throw it, and the reports said he was a leader. But, no, he didn’t turn into Ben Roethlisberger. Kenyatta Walker was going to be the next Anthony Munoz. Keith McCants was going to be the next […]

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Meadows leads home outburst in win

July 25, 2021 general

Sunday, 4 a.m. For all the talk of Nelson Cruz, the new toy of the Tampa Bay Rays, it might be time to remind yourself of this: The Rays had some pretty good players of their own. Yeah, Cruz will help an offense that often flickers like a bad light bulb, but on Saturday night, […]

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Ninth-inning outburst leads Rays to victory

July 24, 2021 general

Saturday, 4 a.m. The later it gets, the better they are. Team Midnight, the Tampa Bay Rays, worked the late shift again Friday night, scoring six times in the ninth inning to pull away from the Cleveland Indians in a 10-5 victory. Lately, the Rays have often started slowly, and they’ve been so-so in the […]

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Rays win game; make trade for Cruz

July 23, 2021 general

Friday, 4 a.m. For the Rays, the win was typical. Another comeback, another clutch moment from Austin Meadows, another terrific performance from the bullpen. The trade, however, was against most of the Rays history. Usually, it is the Rays trading away a veteran for prospects, not making a get-over-the-bump deal to fortify the roster for […]

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Meadows’ walk-off single lifts Rays to comeback

July 22, 2021 general

Thursday, 4 a.m. The moment was crucial. The man was essential. For the Tampa Bay Rays, it was a winning combination on Wednesday afternoon. Austin Meadows drove in two more runs in the bottom of the ninth inning, lifting the Rays to a 5-4 victory on his first-ever walk-off hit in the major leagues. For […]

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Rays win despite committing four errors

July 21, 2021 general

Wednesday, 4 a.m. So this is how the other half lives. If there are times that frustrate you watching the Tampa Bay Rays, often a good-field, little-hit ball club, Tuesday was a night to remember how terrible it can look to play the opposite way. The Rays — somehow — won a 9-3 game over […]

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Slow starts cost Rays against Baltimore

July 20, 2021 general

Tuesday, 4 a.m. If the Rays can’t get off to better starts, it might be the finish of them. Team Wait-Til-the-Sixth got off to another slow beginning Monday night, and it ended up costing them. They lost 6-1 to the Baltimore Orioles, a team they had beaten in all six games they two had played […]

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Rays come back to win series vs. Braves

July 19, 2021 general

Monday, 4 a.m. The finish was fine. The final innings for the Tampa Bay Rays included a comeback, and a great catch, and a key save. They involved yet another come-from-behind victory. On the other hand, can the Rays do something about these horrible starts? The Rays rallied to beat the Atlanta Braves Sunday — […]

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Braves’ Fried leads lopsided win over Rays

July 18, 2021 general

Sunday, 4 a.m. To put it gently, they were clobbered. They were crushed. Embarrassed. Annihilated. Face it, they were Fried. The Tampa Bay Rays had no earthly idea what to do with Atlanta pitcher Max Fried in Saturday night’s 9-0 defeat. Fried dominated the Rays from the mound — seven innings, four hits, no runs […]

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Rays start second half with extra-inning win

July 17, 2021 general

Saturday, 4 a.m. We have seen Austin Meadows trot after a home run. We have seen him sprint after hitting a double into the gap. Then there was Friday night, when Meadows lifted the Tampa Bay Rays without an extra base hit at all. Meadows drove in three runs with two singles and a sacrifice […]

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