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Armwood grad Eric Striker honored for thoughtful racial dialogue

Eric Striker, football player, never wanted to be solely categorized as an athlete. The idea of somehow changing the world, he once said, was intriguing. Monday afternoon at the University of Oklahoma, where he matured into an All-American linebacker and helped the Sooners to last season's
Tampa Tribune Apr 26, 2016

College football title game embarks on 'road to Tampa Bay'

TAMPA - The College Football Playoff championship game is coming to Tampa's Raymond James Stadium and, although kickoff is 257 days away, the drumbeat began Tuesday afternoon. CFP executive director Bill Hancock, appearing before a throng of politicians and community leaders at the

Another surreal Sunday for Bulls athletics

From Memphis to the Midwest, USF athletes made historic swings on another blissful Sunday for Bulls sports.Setting the dominant tone for the day was the top-seeded men's tennis team (20-8), which rolled past No. 2-seed Tulsa 4-0 to capture its third consecutive American Athletic Conference tournament championship. A day …
Tampa Bay Times Apr 24, 2016

For starters: Rays at Yankees, after 2 tough losses

UPDATE, 10:03: RHP Jhan Marinez joined the team today, wearing No. 50. RHP Alex Cobb was moved to the 60-day DL to create a spot on the 40-man roster for Marinez, who was at Durham.  
Tampa Bay Times Apr 23, 2016

RHP Jhan Marinez called up to join Rays bullpen

RHP Jhan Marinez has been called up from Durham to join the Rays bullpen.Marinez, 27, spent most of last season and the start of this season at Triple-A Durham, He has previous big-league experience with the Marlins (four games in 2010) and White Sox (two games in 2012).He essentially replaces RHP Danny …
Tampa Bay Times Apr 23, 2016

Impressive debut for Rays Blake Snell: 1 run in 5 innings

The kid was better than all right.Rays top prospect Blake Snell made an impressive big-league debut Saturday at Yankee Stadium, allowing one run over five innings and leaving with a 2-1 lead. He would not get a win however as the Yankees tied the game in the seventh. Snell, 23, was called up to fill an open spot in the …
Tampa Bay Times Apr 23, 2016

For starters: Rays at Yankees, in Snell's debut

UPDATE, 10:02: It's a DH day for Evan Longoria, with Steve Peace at 3B, and an off-day for Souza, with Dickerson in RF.Rays lineup: Forsythe 2b, Morrison 1b, Longoria DH, Dickerson rf, Jennings lf, Miller ss, Pearce 3b, Kiermaier cf, Conger c, Snell p
Tampa Bay Times Apr 22, 2016

For starters: Rays at Yankees, on Moore's night

UPDATE, 3:30: CF Kevin Kiermaier is not in the Rays lineup, a day off on his 26th birthday. So with Brandon Guyer in CF, the Rays otherwise have their right-handed lineup in place.
Tampa Bay Times Apr 22, 2016

Rays calling up top prospect LHP Blake Snell to start Saturday

The Rays are calling up top prospect LHP Blake Snell to make his major-league debut at Yankee Stadium on Saturday, the Tampa Bay Times has learned.Snell is 1-1, 2,51 in three starts for Triple-A Durham, striking out 21 in 14 1/2 innings while allowing 15 hits and seven walks.In the midst of playing nine straight, the …
Tampa Bay Times Apr 21, 2016

For starters: Rays vs. Red Sox, facing an old friend

UPDATE, 12:01: Archer said today he is not worried about his slow start and confident the "root" of his problems are tied to trying to be too fine with his pitches. ... Cash said both Guyer and Pearce eventiually will get some starts vs. RHPs, but at this point he wants to stick to the original plan because it is so early in the season …
Tampa Bay Times Apr 20, 2016

For starters: Rays at Red Sox, as Archer seeks first win

After a thrilling and somewhat historic win over the Red Sox on Tuesday, the Rays are set for Game 2 of the series tonight with RHP Chris Archer on the mound.
Tampa Bay Times Apr 19, 2016

For starters: Rays at Red Sox, with Smyly on the mound

UPDATE, 5:39: Cash said there was "not even one bit of thought" of dropping Morrison (2-for-32, 14 Ks) in order, such as flipping him with Brad Miller, who has been hitting sixth: "LoMo's gonna hit." ... The Rays will keep their rotation in order for a few more days, with RHP Jake Odorizzi starting on Thursday. ... They will need a fifth …
Tampa Bay Times Apr 19, 2016

Fan struck by foul ball at Trop released from hospital

The fan struck by a foul ball during Friday's Rays-White Sox game has been released from the hospital.
Tampa Bay Times Apr 18, 2016

Three Rays concerts: The Fray, Bret Michaels, Hunter Hayes

The Rays announced three postgame concerts for this season, a drop off in the number from past seasons. The events: The Fray on June 18 Bret Michaels on July 16 Hunter Hayes on July 30 This will be the first Trop appearance for The Fray and Hayes. Michaels performed there in 2010.
Tampa Bay Times Apr 17, 2016

Kiermaier, Forsythe back as Rays face White Sox

Good morning from Tropicana Field -- filling in for Marc Topkin today as the Rays close out their series with the White Sox at home before heading out for a six-game road trip to Boston and New York.

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