Rays wake up late in 7-1 win over Texas

June 7, 2021 general

Monday, 4 a.m. The kid just got off the plane. He probably has boxes that are still unpacked. Much of the world still doesn’t know his name. But 15 games into the career of Taylor Walls, there is a lot to like. Walls’ two-run single in the eighth inning highlighted an awakening by the Rays […]

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Bolts survive wild second period to win again

June 6, 2021 general

Sunday, 4 a.m. At the time, the contest had turned into chaos. There were fireballs falling from the sky. The earth had opened up. It felt as if there were fireworks and laser beams and dragons in the sky. And then Steven Stamkos called for calm. The Lightning trailed by two goals, and at the […]

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Rested bullpen leads Rays to victory

June 6, 2021 general

Friday, 3 a.m. When a baseball team succeeds, there are a lot of reasons why. Credit slices up pretty liberally. You can talk about the starting pitching, or you can talk about the improved hitting. You can talk about the defense, and you can talk about the power. With the Rays, however, the conversation begins […]

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Once again, Rangers handle the Rays

June 5, 2021 general

Saturday, 4 a.m. In the age of information, somehow, the word has yet to get out. Despite the internet, despite the 24-hour news networks, despite word of mouth, word hasn’t reached the Tampa Bay Rays that the Texas Rangers are, technically, a very bad baseball team. On the other hand, evidently the Rangers haven’t heard […]

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Bolts lose in overtime in Game 3

June 4, 2021 general

Friday, 4 a.m. Once again, you expected a stroll through the flowers, didn’t you? You saw your Tampa Bay Lighting win twice on the road, again. And you fooled yourself into thinking it as going to be easy. You thought that the opposing team would roll over and die once the series turned to Amalie […]

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Yarbrough complete in victory over Yankees

June 4, 2021 general

Friday, 3 a.m. Coming into the game, you knew this was going to happen. It was in the air. A pitcher was going to dominate and make hitters walk away embarrassed. He was going to keep the opposing offense off-balance. Behind him, his team was going to roll to an easy victory. Of course, you […]

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Rays lose to Yankees again at bats tamed

June 3, 2021 general

Wednesday, 4 a.m. A two-game losing streak isn’t equal to an 11-game winning streak. Still, these are troubling times for the Tampa Bay Rays. Once again, they cannot hit. Once again, they strike out an embarrassing amount of times. Once again, they cannot buy a hit with a runner in scoring position. And, once again, […]

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Bolts take 2-0 series lead on Hurricanes

June 2, 2021 general

Wednesday, 4 a.m. When Andrei Vasilevskiy wins another Vezina Trophy — and doesn’t it feel like just a matter of time? — he needs to bring some of his buddies to the awards’ ceremony. You know: Ryan McDonagh. Victor Hedman. Erik Cernak. Mikhail Sergachev. Those guys. His guard dogs. It was because of Vasilevskiy and […]

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Yankees beat Rays on Frazier’s late homer

June 2, 2021 general

Wednesday, 3 a.m. Eventually, the streaks were bound to end. After all, the Tampa Bay Rays couldn’t win forever, as much as it looked as if that was their plan. The Rays lost for just the second time in 18 games Tuesday night, falling 5-3 in 11 innings to the New York Yankees. The Yankees […]

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Rays keep winning, quiet Yankees’ bats

June 1, 2021 general

Tuesday, 4 a.m. There are answers in the success. There are clues to the internal thinking of a team that is smarter than most. Take this away from the Rays’ 3-1 victory over the New York Yankees on Monday, for instance. This is yet the latest comment to the persistent question of “why don’t the […]

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