6:48 PM EST, Sun February 17, 2019
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Who and what is missing from Rays camp

Who and what is missing from Rays camp

PORT CHARLOTTE - They'll gather Monday for the first time as the full squad, raving about their new mates, joking among those who are back for more. With all the excitement about what the Rays have gained in terms of talent and opportunity, this is also a spring of loss.
4 hours ago
Five questions on the possibility of the Lightning trading for Wayne Simmonds

Five questions on the possibility of the Lightning trading for Wayne Simmonds

Names fly around Twitter, Reddit and anywhere else people talk hockey as the NHL trade deadline approaches on Feb. 25. The one most often matched with the Lightning is Philadelphia's Wayne Simmonds.Here are five questions on the Lightning potentially trading for
7 hours ago
Live from Port Charlotte: Yandy Diaz muscles way in to Rays camp

Live from Port Charlotte: Yandy Diaz muscles way in to Rays camp

PORT CHARLOTTE - Infielder Yandy Diaz arrived in Rays camp on Sunday, and made an immediate impression with his well-muscled arms.Diaz, acquired from Cleveland in the Jake Bauers trade, is known as something of a workout fiend, and more than a few players were checking out the
9 hours ago
Lightning-Canadiens: Observations from Tampa Bay's back-to-back shutout win

Lightning-Canadiens: Observations from Tampa Bay's back-to-back shutout win

TAMPA : If you're under the assumption that the Lightning needs to be a more physical team, I recommend you re-watch some of the scrums from Saturday night's game.Yanni Gourde, Anthony Cirelli and Adam Erne all found themselves in the heat of things with the
20 hours ago
Andrei Vasilevskiy records second consecutive shutout

Andrei Vasilevskiy records second consecutive shutout

TAMPA-Andrei Vasilevskiy has been perfect in just over two games. He recorded back-to-back shutouts for the first time this season on Thursday and Saturday.The Lightning beat Montreal 3-0 as Vasilevskiy made 20 saves on Saturday. The last time Vasilevskiy gave up a
Feb 16, 2019
Lightning revisit the basics with skating coaches

Lightning revisit the basics with skating coaches

TAMPA : When you're the best of the best it's easy to forget the basics.It's why Lightning players make it a priority to take advantage of skating advice from Tracy Tutton and Barb Underhill, two coaches who have spent the last 10 years or so working with
Feb 16, 2019
Divisional competition heats up for the Lightning

Divisional competition heats up for the Lightning

TAMPA : Over the course of the next 24 games, the Lightning will face a divisional opponent in half of them. And there's something different about playing these teams now compared to playing them at the beginning of the season. "I think any time you move toward
Feb 16, 2019
Rays Tales: Are we really talking this much about the opener?

Rays Tales: Are we really talking this much about the opener?

PORT CHARLOTTE - The biggest surprise of the opening week of spring training is how much talk there has been about the opener.The Rays unveiled the innovative pitching strategy last May and used it in more than 50 games. A half dozen other teams experimented with it in some
Feb 16, 2019
Live from Port Charlotte: First steps for Brandon Lowe, Ji-Man Choi

Live from Port Charlotte: First steps for Brandon Lowe, Ji-Man Choi

PORT CHARLOTTE - Brandon Lowe is already hard at work learning how to play first base.Lowe worked Saturday with new infield coach Rodney Linares, who had him doing a drill with bouncing rubber racquetballs he could catch barehanded. That was a day after special assistant Tom Foley
Feb 16, 2019
Did you hear this one about new Rays pitcher Charlie Morton ...

Did you hear this one about new Rays pitcher Charlie Morton ...

PORT CHARLOTTE -"Everyone,'' Houston manager A.J. Hinch says, "has a Charlie Morton story. They all center around him being selfless and all about others.''Hinch has several from his two years managing Morton, the deep-thinking Renaissance
Feb 16, 2019
Cernák returns to Lightning lineup

Cernák returns to Lightning lineup

TAMPA - Erik Černák will return to Saturday's lineup as the Lightning take on the Canadiens to finish off its home stand.Černák was one of 10 players on the ice for the optional morning skate. He's missed two games with a lower-body injury, but has
Feb 16, 2019
Rays Kevin Kiermaier: 'I'm still a really damn good player and I'm going to go prove that'

Rays Kevin Kiermaier: 'I'm still a really damn good player and I'm going to go prove that'

PORT CHARLOTTE - Rays centerfielder Kevin Kiermaier made clear this morning how determined he is to rebound from a poor and injury shortened 2018 season."I'm very motivated,'' Kiermaier said before today's workout in Port Charlotte. "I always play with that chip on my
Feb 16, 2019
NHL's American Legacy Truck showcases the game's black roots

NHL's American Legacy Truck showcases the game's black roots

TAMPA - A 525-foot rig carries a legacy of black hockey players that dates to 1815.It carries memorabilia from the legends who broke the color barrier, and the stars who stood on their shoulders. It carries photos and videos of the blacks who have held the Stanley Cup and the
Feb 15, 2019
Lightning journal: Nothing's ever easy against the Canadiens

Lightning journal: Nothing's ever easy against the Canadiens

TAMPA - The Lightning looks to cap a strong homestand against Montreal on Saturday night."Every time it seems like we see Montreal it's a really tough game," Tyler Johnson said after practice Friday afternoon. "It's going to be a good test for us.
Feb 15, 2019
Steven Stamkos nears Lightning's all-time goals record

Steven Stamkos nears Lightning's all-time goals record

TAMPA - Steven Stamkos has been a lot of things.He started as the teenage phenom, the No. 1 overall pick here to save the Lightning. Then he was the solo star on a not-great team. Stamkos dealt with injuries. He became a playmaker.Through it all, he has been a pure