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Jun 19, 2019
Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: How Dave Wills' Rays Radio gig came to be

Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: How Dave Wills' Rays Radio gig came to be

It's Part 2 of Rick Stroud's conversation with Rays Radio play-by-play Dave Wills, who went from playing basketball to pitching in college, then on to coaching before finally becoming an announcer. Today's show is presented by Swimming with the Manatees. Book
Jun 19, 2019
Wondering what's wrong with Blake Snell? You might not believe the answer

Wondering what's wrong with Blake Snell? You might not believe the answer

ST. PETERSBURG - First pitch is hours away, and you're feeling troubled.Not panicky, not exactly nervous. Just a little concerned, perhaps.Once upon a time, this would have been an afternoon to savor. Big game on the schedule, and Blake Snell on the mound. What
Jun 18, 2019
Rays bullpen falters as Yankee Stadium woes continue

Rays bullpen falters as Yankee Stadium woes continue

NEW YORK - Wins have been hard to come by for the Rays at Yankee Stadium. And during their recent struggles in the Bronx, the problem hasn't been as much getting a lead as it's been preserving it.Take Tuesday night's 6-3 loss to the Yankees, which sealed
Jun 18, 2019
Rays' Yandy Diaz out for second straight day with hamstring tightness

Rays' Yandy Diaz out for second straight day with hamstring tightness

NEW YORK - The Rays were without infielder Yandy Diaz, the team's best hitter in the month of June, from their starting lineup for the second straight game Tuesday at Yankee Stadium with right hamstring tightness.Diaz hasn't played since leaving Sunday's game in the
Jun 18, 2019
For starters: Rays' road woes tend to resurface vs. Yankees

For starters: Rays' road woes tend to resurface vs. Yankees

NEW YORK - With a loss tonight at Yankee Stadium, the Rays will have been defeated in 14 of their past 15 series in the Bronx.Considering how well the Rays have played on the road this season - they are 22-8 on the road in games not against the Yankees - their
Jun 18, 2019
Rays bolster bullpen with right-hander Andrew Kittredge

Rays bolster bullpen with right-hander Andrew Kittredge

NEW YORK - Before the game Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium, the Rays selected the contract of right-hander reliever Andrew Kittredge and optioned right-hander Jake Faria.Kittredge wasn't on the organization's 40-man roster, but there was an open spot since reliever Jose
Jun 18, 2019
Former commissioner Bud Selig says Tampa Bay still has potential as MLB market

Former commissioner Bud Selig says Tampa Bay still has potential as MLB market

ST. PETERSBURG - Attendance remains dreary and talk of a new stadium is stalled, but former baseball commissioner Bud Selig said it's too soon to write off Tampa Bay as a Major League market."I wouldn't use the term failure," said Selig, who has
Jun 18, 2019
NHL draft: The best and worst of the Lightning's picks

NHL draft: The best and worst of the Lightning's picks

It's hard to know exactly what you're getting in any draft in any sport, but especially one in which you often wait years for a player to even reach the NHL.With the 2019 NHL draft nearing (Friday and Saturday), we take a look at the Lightning's draft history,
Jun 18, 2019
Rays minor-leaguer Chris Betts gets Sports Center moment on Twitter

Rays minor-leaguer Chris Betts gets Sports Center moment on Twitter

Rays minor-leaguer Chris Betts just couldn't contain his excitement in this year's Midwest League Home Run Derby.As a pitch left the mound Monday night, Betts' swing sent the ball flying over the fence toward right field. It hadn't even left the park before
Jun 18, 2019
Lightning re-signs veteran defenseman Braydon Coburn

Lightning re-signs veteran defenseman Braydon Coburn

The Tampa Bay Lightning has re-signed 34-year-old defenseman Braydon Coburn, the team announced Tuesday.Coburn's deal is for two years with an average annual value of $1.7 million. Coburn made $3.7 million last season.Coburn, the second eldest on the team behind
Jun 18, 2019
Why has Masahiro Tanaka been so dominant against the Rays?

Why has Masahiro Tanaka been so dominant against the Rays?

NEW YORK - One day after Father's Day, the Rays met their daddy.But to say that Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka has dominated the Rays might be an understatement.
Jun 18, 2019
Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Let's talk Rays with Dave Wills

Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Let's talk Rays with Dave Wills

Rays Radio play-by-play man Dave Wills joins Rick Stroud on today's show from Dave's Dugout to discuss the 2019 Rays and what they might add as the trade deadline approaches.Is this a two-team race with the Yankees or could the Red Sox get back in the race? And just how
Jun 17, 2019
A Negro League player from Tampa is gone, but he leaves an important legacy behind

A Negro League player from Tampa is gone, but he leaves an important legacy behind

TAMPA - The world forgets, but Bob Mitchell never did.Jackie Robinson's arrival in Brooklyn in 1947 may have changed the way Major League Baseball looked to outsiders, but it did not change the reality for many African American players in the game. Many remained ignored,
Jun 17, 2019
Rays' Austin Meadows drops in All-Star Game fan balloting, but still in good position to advance

Rays' Austin Meadows drops in All-Star Game fan balloting, but still in good position to advance

NEW YORK - Rays outfielder Austin Meadows fell out of the top three American League outfielders in All-Star Game fan balloting, but because of this year's new voting format, he doesn't need to be in the top three quite yet to earn a starting assignment in the midsummer
Jun 17, 2019
Lightning in line for multiple NHL Awards

Lightning in line for multiple NHL Awards

TAMPA - It's not a secret that the Lightning had quite the historic regular season, one where team and individual records seemed to be breaking every other game.And while the season ended rather abruptly, the Lightning has multiple chances to take home some additional