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Tampa Tribune

Hillsborough officials, Rays lay groundwork with first stadium talks

In what Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn likened to a first date, local elected and business leaders held their first sit-down talk with the Rays this morning, a possible precursor to the team moving across Tampa Bay.

Tampa Tribune

Autograph tickets for Rays Fan Fest on sale Wednesday

Autograph passes for the Rays Fan Fest later this month go on sale on Wednesday. The passes, which go on sale Wednesday at 10 a.m., will allow fans to get player autographs during the Rays Fan Fest at Tropicana Field on Feb. 27 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The tickets will be available exclusively at

Tampa Tribune

Rays release document outlining vision for new baseball park

TAMPA -- They're a long way from settling on a street number or even a ZIP code, but the Tampa Bay Rays are finally beginning to sketch out a vision for what they want in a new ballpark. Their new home should be at about 20-acres, accessible to major roadways and population centers

The Ledger

Rays' Smyly wins 1st MLB salary arbitration case of year

Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Drew Smyly has won baseball's first salary arbitration case this year.

Mariners Blog | Seattle Times

Mariners broadcaster Dave Sims eager to promote awareness after surgery for prostate cancer

Sims, 63, should be ready for spring training and wants to share his experience. “I know some guys are embarrassed to talk about this stuff,” he said. “Not me.”

Toronto Star

Blue Jays reach deal with pitcher Gavin Floyd: Reports

The 6-4, 245-pound Floyd hasn’t pitched a full major league season since 2012 due to injuries.

The LoHud Yankees Blog | Journal News

Look who’s coming to camp: Sorting through 65-man spring roster

The Yankees have announced their complete list of non-roster invitations to big league camp. With those 25 names, the team now has 65 players reporting to big league camp. That includes Greg Bird, who obviously won’t be playing because of shoulder surgery, but it does not include Lane Adams, who is still in DFA limbo […] The post Look who’s coming to camp: Sorting through 65-man spring roster appeared first on The LoHud Yankees Blog.

The Ledger

Velazquez strives to overcome injury, win state medal

Lake Region's Diazzarray Velazquez is one of six Polk County athletes who will be competing for medals at the FHSAA girls weightlifting state finals at the Kissimmee Civic Center on Friday and Saturday.

Dodgers Blog | Los Angeles Times

Dodgers appear headed for uneventful spring with roster all but set

Love some suspense in your baseball training camp? Best follow a team other than the Dodgers this spring training. When pitchers and catchers report to camp in two weeks, it could herald the beginning of an extremely uneventful spring. Barring injury, the only roster decision the Dodgers may have...

Tampa Bay Times

Smyly beats Rays in arbitration case, will make $3.75M

LHP Drew Smyly won his arbitration case over the Rays and will make $3.75-million this season, the Tampa Bay Times has confirmed.The Rays offered $3.2-million to Smyly, who made $2.65-million last year while being limited to 12 starts due to shoulder injuries that forced him to the DL twice.

Tampa Tribune

Rays appear headed to Cuba for March 21-22 games

While there has not been official word from the Rays or Major League Baseball, it appears the Rays' trip to Cuba will be March 21 and 22. The spring training schedule on the Rays' website has been adjusted for the second time this offseason with those two dates now open. Originally,

Tampa Tribune

Smyly hands Rays loss in arbitration

ST. PETERSBURG -- Drew Smyly became the first player to win an arbitration hearing against the Rays' current ownership when an arbitrator Thursday awarded the pitcher $3.75 million. The Rays submitted a 2016 salary offer of $3.2 million on the Jan. 16 deadline for both sides to

Tampa Bay Times

Details of Rays planned Cuba trip come into focus

The Rays' spring trip to Cuba is close to being finalized.

Tampa Bay Times

Rays' trip to Cuba appears set; one game on March 22

The Rays spring trip to Cuba is close to being finalized, the Tampa Bay Times has learned.The expected plan is for the team to play one game against the Cuban National Team on March 22 in Havana.The game may be shown on ESPN.

Tampa Bay Times

Smyly is first to beat Rays in an arbitration hearing

ST. PETERSBURG — Drew Smyly did what B.J. Upton, Jeff Niemann, Josh Paul, Dioner Navarro and Esteban Yan couldn't do — beat the Rays in an arbitration hearing.

Tampa Tribune

Smyly and Rays argue 1st MLB salary arbitration case of year

PHOENIX - Drew Smyly and the Tampa Bay Rays have argued baseball's first salary arbitration case this year. The 26-year-old left-hander asked arbitrators Elizabeth Neumeier, Andrew Strongin and Phillip LaPorte for a raise from $2.65 million to $3.75 million during a hearing today. The

Newark Star-Ledger

Mets, Zack Wheeler eyeing July 1 return

Wheeler missed the entire 2015 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery

New York Post

Greg Bird’s long recovery begins now

A day after undergoing shoulder surgery, Greg Bird posted a picture of himself smiling from a hospital bed and was looking forward to his return to the Yankees. Bird will miss all of 2016 because of a torn labrum that worsened during pre-spring training workouts in Tampa. “Can’t say enough about how much I appreciate...

Tampa Bay Times

Rays add RHP Adam Reifer on minor-league deal

The Rays added another pitcher to their spring training roster, signing RH Adam Reifer to a minor league deal. Reifer, 29, spent last season pitching in Mexico after parts of the previous four at the Triple-A level, most recently with the Giants organization.  He was originally drafted by the Cardinals.  

New York Daily News

Yankees' Bird has shoulder surgery, is facing long recovery

Greg Bird had shoulder surgery to repair his labrum on Tuesday, as scheduled, and now the question is not just how quickly he’ll recover.

Newsday

Yankees' Greg Bird undergoes successful surgery

Yankees first baseman Greg Bird underwent successful surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder Tuesday, and the youngster took to Instagram to prove it.

Washington Post

Nats Journal: On rotational depth and where to find it

Jordan Zimmermann is a Detroit Tiger now, and Doug Fister is a Houston Astro. That leaves Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez, Tanner Roark and Joe Ross as the 2016 Nationals rotation, one with less room for injuries or underperformance than last year’s depth could endure. Read full article >>

New York Post

Vic Black remembers disappointing Mets stint fondly

Vic Black pitched 41 games with the Mets in 2014 before an injury derailed his career and he spent all of last season in the minors. His time with the Mets, though, might be remembered most by the farewell note he wrote to fans on Tuesday. He was outrighted by the team in September and...

New York Post

Brian McCann: Greg Bird can return as HR force, because I did

Brian McCann could serve as inspiration and role model to Greg Bird that a lefty power hitter can return from a torn labrum in his right shoulder. No two injuries or shoulders are exactly the same, so how Bird rehabs from the surgery that was performed Tuesday morning by Dr. David Altchek at the Hospital...

Tampa Bay Times

Bucs' Bryan Glazer, Rays' Stuart Sternberg, Lightning's Jeff Vinik to appear at Poynter Institute

Owners of Tampa Bay's three major pro sports franchises — the Bucs' Bryan Glazer, the Rays' Stuart Sternberg and the Lightning's Jeff Vinik — will speak on business trends and issues in sports at 7 p.m. Feb. 29 at the Poynter Institute for Media Studies in St. Petersburg. The event, held in conjunction with the Associated Press …

Tampa Bay Times

Kevin Kiermaier to take on 35-ounce steak for charity

Rays Gold Glove CF Kevin Kiermaier earned the nickname The Outlaw for robbing opponents of hits with his speed, agility and good hands. He will be tested a different way Thursday, trying to eat a 35-ounce smoked ribeye steak, plus two side salads and dessert, to earn a $4,000 donation from the Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill to …

Zack Wheeler talks rehab, Mets 2016 potential

New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler talks about his rehab from Tommy John surgery, and where the Mets are headed in 2016.

New York Post

What about Juan Uribe for Yankees’ open Greg Bird spot?

Even in the aftermath of Greg Bird’s injury, the Yankees only are focusing on non-roster invitations to round out the competition in their spring camp. Players such as Pedro Alvarez and Justin Morneau seek major league deals. Also, those veterans would want to know they could play, and with Mark Teixeira at first base and...

Buck Showalter speaks with the media following the O's 9-8 loss to the Rays

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