Enns looks like he could help Rays’ pitching

September 17, 2021 general

Friday, 4 a.m. Why pondering the Tampa Bay Rays starting pitching rotation for the post-season, is it too late to consider one more name? How about Dietrich Enns, the overnight success who spent a decade before arriving? Enns was sharp once again Thursday night, throwing another four-inning outing and allowing just three hits as the […]

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Bucs had to overcome errors against Cowboys

September 17, 2021 general

Thursday, 3 a.m. Sixty-nine times, he has been beaten. Sixty-nine times, in the regular season, things have gone wrong. You can talk about Bucs’ quarterback Tom Brady and his accomplishments for hours. He has won 231 games, and seven Super Bowls. He has thrown for 585 touchdowns. He has won awards, and made Pro Bowls, […]

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Rays lose series to Toronto Blue Jays

September 16, 2021 general

Thursday, 4 a.m. So pick your poison. Who scares you the most? Is it the Boston Red Sox, who spent almost three months atop the AL East? Is it the New York Yankees, whose payroll exceeds $200 million dollars? Or is it the suddenly powerful Toronto Blue Jays, a team that blends power and pitching […]

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Rays’ pitching rebounds in shutout of Jays

September 15, 2021 general

Wednesday, 4 a.m. It was just one of 90 victories. That’s all. Another pebble in road. Another tree in the forest. For the Tampa Bay Rays, however, it felt bigger. The Rays’ 2-0 victory over Toronto Tuesday night beat back the doubts, and it silenced the critics, and for the moment, it enabled a team […]

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Who’s in first? Blue Jays clobber Rays

September 14, 2021 general

Tuesday, 4 a.m. Could someone remind me, just one more time, which of the teams is on top of the American League East? Is it the Tampa Bay Rays, who have lost three of four games and given up eight runs or more in each of the defeats? The Rays, whose bullpen suddenly looks haggard? […]

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Bullpen collapses again as Tigers beat Rays

September 13, 2021 general

Monday, 4 a.m. What happens when those in charge of saves need saving? What happens when the firemen catch on fire? The usually trustworthy bullpen of the Tampa Bay Rays seems to be in trouble. For the second time in three games, the relievers are the Rays were simply dreadful, this time leading to an […]

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Enns is the surprise star in Rays’ victory

September 12, 2021 general

Sunday, 4 a.m. Once again, the Tampa Bay Rays have been reminded of the risk of re-signing Chris Archer. Archer, who missed 116 games earlier in the season, left Saturday’s win over the Detroit Tigers, 7-1, after four innings because of “hip discomfort.” Archer has been on the injured list in four straight seasons now. […]

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Gator quarterbacks chew up USF defense

September 12, 2021 general

Sunday, 3 a.m. Once, back when they were giant-killers, the result might have been disappointing. These days, a 42-20 defeat sounds, well, about right. In their early days, the USF Bulls made a name for themselves with huge upsets over highly ranked programs. But over the years, that aura has faded. Florida won by 22 […]

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Tigers embarrass Rays’ highly-rated bullpen

September 11, 2021 general

Saturday, 4 a.m. Call it the night the bullpen blew up. The relievers of the Tampa Bay Rays, one of the team’s primary strengths for much of the season, imploded in Friday night’s 10-4 loss to the Detroit Tigers. The bullpen, the best in the American League in ERA and batting average against, was clobbered […]

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Looking back at Bucs’ win over Dallas

September 11, 2021 general

Saturday, 3 a.m. 5 Thoughts There are a lot of ways to rate quarterbacks. Yardage. Touchdowns. Wins. Third-down conversions. My favorite has always been the fourht-quarter comeback, that time of the game when you can smell either victory or defeat. If you have a great one, he’s going to deliver. And no one has ever […]

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