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Rays Could Be in for a Long Season

Cliff Corcoran, The Strike Zone

5 NFL Teams That Are Winning Offseason

Dan Banks, Sports Illustrated

Bucs Have Leg Up in Free-Agent Arms Race

David Steele, Sporting News

It may be early, and they may only be two games below .500, but the Tampa Bay Rays are in real trouble. A popular pick to win the American League East heading into the season, the ...(full article)

All those worried that a work stoppage will shut down baseball after the 2016 season, fear not.   The owners will never let it happen. Not when they are making so much money. Not ...(full article)

The Tampa Bay Rays probably aren’t the best team in baseball. They may not even be the best team in their division. Yet the Rays have won at least 90 games in each of the last fo...(full article)

Twenty teams disappoint their fan bases and miss the playoffs every season in the NFL, and history says five or six clubs make the postseason in any given year after missing out th...(full article)

Congratulations to the Sporting News NFL Executive of the Quarter-Year, Tampa Bay’s Lovie Smith.   Also, congratulations to Sporting News for blatantly making up a new award jus...(full article)

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