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Meeting Sun Sports reporters Kelly Nash and Todd Kalas

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Last Friday evening, my family was fortunate to watch the Tampa Bay Rays open up their offense, scoring eleven runs to top the Yankees. Before the game, however, I had a short meeting with someone I’ve been looking forward to seeing for darn near a year: Rays’ reporter Kelly Nash. She visited with my daughter […]

Rays: Matt Moore to have Tommy John surgery

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Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Matt Moore announced he will have Tommy John ligament replacement surgery. He’s expected to be out for a year. I used to love the name Tommy John. My dad started the tradition of naming pets after athletes when he and my mom brought home kittens called Tugger (Tug McGraw) and T.J. […]

Rays struggling with RISP

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The Tampa Bay Rays have relied upon strong pitching, great defense, and minimal hitting to win three of their past five ball games.  A good buddy of mine, Art Pollock, a tremendous Rays’ fan and season-ticket holder until his recent passing, always said that “Baseball is a sixty percent game.” Basically, if you win six […]

Rays: Pieces of the championship puzzle

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Six games into the season, the Tampa Bay Rays sit at four and two. And while 156 games remain in the regular season, I’m going to agree with Marc Topkin’s column in the Tampa Bay Times. I believe the club has all the necessary ingredients to go very deep into the post-season. I’m not going out on […]

Rays reach 6-year deal with Archer, plus news about babies and a bobblehead

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The Rays have reached a six-year deal with right hander Chris Archer that will start this year and run through 2019. If you’re not already following him and would like to get to know more, check him out on Twitter (@chrisarcher42) and Instagram (@carch42). He comes across as a thoughtful and enthusiastic young player. I’m […]

Video: Rays baseball is (almost) back!

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The Rays open their season on Monday and I had a chance to head to the Trop for earlier this week to check out the latest on the Rays 360. Click here to find out more about the 360 (including what I think is the most important detail – where you can find craft beer). […]

Rays find their 5th starter

Yesterday, manager Joe Maddon of the Tampa Bay Rays tweeted: “No white smoke on the fifth starter yet, but it’s close.”  Later in the day, he tweeted: “Odorizzi is our fifth starter.  Cesar and Frenchy were impressive, but we though Jake was a better choice for this moment.”  So, there you have it.  I guess […]

Talking Tampa Bay Rays with the Professor

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Last Wednesday, I hurried home from work, changed into jeans and a t-shirt (I chose not to wear my Tampa Bay Rays shirt, as there are over six months for that), and my wife and I made the trek fifty miles south to Fort Pierce, to eat supper at the 12A Buoy.  It’s a place […]

Saying goodbye to Art, a Rays fan and a friend

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The Tampa Bay Rays have a pair of spring training games in the books, and sit at 4-1-1.  I feel like I’m looking at the Premier League’s table in soccer.  Baseball teams don’t tie – except during Grapefruit and Cactus League games, games in which result isn’t as important as preparation and direction.  Art Pollock […]

Love for the Rays

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Happy Rays pitchers and catchers report day! I like that holiday more than Valentine’s Day, but I’ll still take this opportunity to share some sweet Rays moments. First up, Alex Cobb proposed this week with the help of a dolphin. Let’s give that a collective, “Awwww.”       Catcher Ryan Hanigan’s “No. 1 bed […]

Rays: The promise of spring

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This time of the year, fans of the Tampa Bay Rays and every other major league team will have a reason to look ahead to the beauty of spring, and the hope that a World Series championship is in their club’s future.  By February 16th, pitchers will have reported to all MLB teams’ spring training […]

Rays, Pirates, and home

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  Our family watched the Tampa Bay Rays open spring training last February 23rd against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Port Charlotte.  It was oldest daughter Sarah’s 25th birthday, and for us, there isn’t a much better way to celebrate than have family together around either the Rays or the Florida State Seminoles.  The Rays lost […]

Rays and relationships

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The Tampa Bay Rays agreed with David Price on a one-year, fourteen million dollar contract. It’s the highest amount any Ray has ever been paid for a season. Of course, we don’t know exactly what that holds for Price and the team in the long run. But it’s good to have the big lefty inked. He’s a […]

Rays: The closer question

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Who will be the closer for the Tampa Bay Rays this season?  That’s a question that might not be answered until the season is under way.  Over the past six years, four of which were playoff seasons for the organization, the number one closer role bounced around annually, until last year, when Fernando Rodney earned […]

Rays – All quiet over the holidays

With the holidays in full swing, not much has happened on the Tampa Bay Rays’ front. However, here’s one blog’s view of how the Rays have done in putting together the puzzle pieces of next year’s team. Of course, the elephant in the room is the keep/trade issue regarding David Price. There is, of course, […]