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St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman addresses the Tampa Bay Rays, the legislative session, Gov. Ron DeSantis and seeing Steph Curry

St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman addresses the Tampa Bay Rays, the legislative session, Gov. Ron DeSantis and seeing Steph Curry

During a sit-down in his City Hall office, the mayor riffs on some issues, including a trip he took to an event with former President Barack Obama and the NBA star.
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Bryce Harper, Phillies reportedly agree to 13-year, $330-million contract

Bryce Harper, Phillies reportedly agree to 13-year, $330-million contract

The deal tops the $325 million, 13-year agreement Giancarlo Stanton reached before the 2015 season with the Marlins.
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Florida spring training: 2019 Grapefruit League team-by-team schedules, map and daily planner

Florida spring training: 2019 Grapefruit League team-by-team schedules, map and daily planner

Spring training is a time to kick back and enjoy some baseball with some small-town charm. Here's how to plan your outings.
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Fox’s Kevin Burkhardt to join Rays TV crew on limited basis

Fox’s Kevin Burkhardt to join Rays TV crew on limited basis

PORT CHARLOTTE — Fox Sports broadcaster Kevin Burkhardt will join the Rays TV crew this season on a limited basis, the Times has learned.Burkhardt will cover the 15-20 games veteran broadcaster Dewayne Staats takes off, joining analyst Brian An...
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Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Eduardo A. Encina on Manny Machado, Bryce Harper, Vladimir Guerrero Jr., more

Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Eduardo A. Encina on Manny Machado, Bryce Harper, Vladimir Guerrero Jr., more

Eduardo A. Encina joins Rick Stroud on today's podcast to talk about some of the biggest stories in baseball this spring.They discuss Manny Machado's signing in San Diego, whether Bryce Harper will sign with the Phillies and the imact ...
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Baseball Prospectus previews the 2019 Rays: Here’s what’s ahead for Blake Snell, Kevin Kiermaier and Tommy Pham

Baseball Prospectus previews the 2019 Rays: Here’s what’s ahead for Blake Snell, Kevin Kiermaier and Tommy Pham

Two things, and only two things, are slowing humanity’s march toward self-destruction:1. MLB.TV2. Baseball ProspectusThey are God’s most precious gifts.We’ll have to wait until opening day to enjoy all of MLB.TV’s offerings, b...
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The Rays gave up a lot to get Yandy Diaz. He risked a lot more to get here.

The Rays gave up a lot to get Yandy Diaz. He risked a lot more to get here.

PORT CHARLOTTE — Yandy Diaz tells the story almost matter-of-factly, but of course it’s anything but, providing not only details of how he got to the majors, but what it took to get there.And a glimpse of why the Rays gave up so much to g...
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Rays journal: Guillermo Heredia may be quite a catch

Rays journal: Guillermo Heredia may be quite a catch

PORT CHARLOTTE — The prime return for the Rays in trading Mallex Smith to the Mariners was catcher Mike Zunino, whom they expect to contribute heavily at and behind the plate.But outfielder Guillermo Heredia may turn out to be a pretty good cat...
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Surrounded by Bryce Harper buzz, Phillies just try to block out the noise

Surrounded by Bryce Harper buzz, Phillies just try to block out the noise

CLEARWATER — Inside the Phillies’ spring training clubhouse, players aren’t waiting on Bryce Harper to save their season.Yes, the Phillies went big-game hunting this offseason, targeting both Bryce Harper and Manny Machado, and at v...
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Live from Port Charlotte: Rays ready for game action

Live from Port Charlotte: Rays ready for game action

PORT CHARLOTTE - Manager Kevin Cash’s biggest takeaway from Wednesday’s full-squad workout was that he’s glad there is only one such session before the exhibition schedule begins Friday against the Phillies."I think we’re read...
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