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Thursday, Feb 11, 2016

Roger Mooney

Tribune Staff

Rays’ Moore back to normal, feels good after rehabbing from surgery

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— Matt Moore will drive to Tropicana Field this morning and join teammates Chris Archer and Jake Odorizzi in the right-field bullpen as the trio takes another step towa...

Smyly hands Rays first arbitration loss, awarded $3.75 million salary

- Drew Smyly became the first player to win an arbitration hearing in franchise history when a three-person panel awarded the pitcher $3.75 million.The Rays had been 6-0 in arbitration hearings since owner Stuart Sternberg to...

Rays appear headed to Cuba for March 21-22 exhibition games

- The spring training schedule on the team’s website has been adjusted for the second time this offseason with those two dates now open. Originally, the Rays were scheduled to play the visiting Atlanta Braves on March 2...

Out of Rockies thin air, questions follow Dickerson to Rays

- Home vs. road. The thin air of Coors Field vs. the other 29 ballparks in the major leagues. Those are questions that followed Corey Dickerson from Denver to St. Petersburg after his trade Thursday from the Rockies to the Ra...

Rays deal McGee to Rockies in exchange for Dickerson

- The Rays added to their glut of outfielders by acquiring left fielder Corey Dickerson and minor league third baseman Kevin Padlo from the Rockies for reliever Jake McGee and pitching prospect German Marquez.

Promotion a matter of time for Rays’ Timmons

- Tampa native Ozzie Timmons is rising through the Rays’ coaching ranks, patient but primed to move up to the big leagues.

Bond forged between Bolts, kids with life-threatening illnesses a blessing to both

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— Tony Colton stood in front of the group gathered last June for the Tampa Bay Sneaker Soiree and told his story.

Lakeland native Pearce will provide power, versatility to Rays

- The Rays are close to finalizing a one-year contract with former Orioles utility player Steve Pearce, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.

Rays’ Forsythe guaranteed $10.25 million in new deal

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— For the Rays, signing Logan Forsythe to a multi-year deal means they have a reliable second baseman for the next two seasons and possibly a third if they pick up his ...

Rays may play spring training games in Cuba

- The spring training schedule released Thursday by Major League Baseball does not have games for the Rays from March 28-30, the three days they are tentatively scheduled to travel to Cuba.

MVP Forsythe close to new deal with Rays

- Rays team MVP Logan Forsythe is close to capitalizing on his breakout 2015 season with a multi-year deal, according to a source familiar with the negotiations.

As usual, Rays’ prospects are looking up thanks to farm system

- That Rays consider the farm system to be the lifeblood of the organization, and that system received a much-needed transfusion last winter when Matt Silverman spent his first three months on the job trading established vete...

Junior’s Achievement: Griffey’s Hall vote breaks record; Piazza also in

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The two newest members of baseball’s Hall of Fame entered the game from different directions.

Change in heart in Hall of Fame vote

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This is my 2016 baseball Hall of Fame Ballot: Jeff Bagwell, Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Ken Griffey Jr., Edgar Martinez, Fred McGriff, Mike Piazza, Tim Raines, Curt Schilling and Alan Trammell.

Outback Bowl: Thundering Hurd keys Tennessee’s 45-6 rout

- The redshirt sophomore earned the game’s MVP honors after leading Tennessee to a 45-6 victory against Northwestern in the Outback Bowl at Raymond James Stadium.

Outback Bowl puts character of Vols, Wildcats on display in big way

- Gut-wrenching losses followed strong starts for Tennessee and Northwestern, before both went on five-game rolls. The head coaches credit their players for managing the adversities of a long football season.

Wildcats QB isn’t flashy, just victorious

- Clayton Thorson has thrown for more than 200 yards only once this season. He completed less than 50 percent of his passes in seven of Northwestern’s 12 games.

Look back on an eventful year in Tampa Bay area sports

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Coming within a 30-day span in the spring, the events of three days in 2015 will live long in the minds of Tampa Bay sports fans. Two for obvious reasons, while one grew in stature as spring turned into summer.

Sports Year in Review: Rays’ Archer shows he belongs at forefront of AL pitchers

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The Rays’ game on May 27 against the Seattle Mariners was not televised by either team, which meant Donna and Ron Archer could not watch from their North Carolina home as their son pitched.

Sports Year in Review: Top Bucs pick Winston emerges immediately as face of franchise

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The NFL is a quarterback league. If you have a good one, you have a chance to be good. If you have one that’s better than good, you have a chance to plan a championship parade or two.

Sports Year in Review: Bishop, Lightning do unthinkable, shut out Rangers in New York

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Just 29 days after the Bucs drafted Jameis Winston, the Lightning did what many believed to be the unthinkable — they beat the New York Rangers and their all-world goalie Henrik Lundqvist 2-0 in Game 7 at Madison ...

Kevin Cash and family give back for Christmas at All Children's Hospital

- Rays manager Kevin Cash and his family help others who are spending Christmas in hospital during the All Kids Wonderland program at All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg.

Rays’ McGee, wife celebrate anniversary by spreading Christmas spirit

- Jake McGee, the hard-throwing left-hander in the Rays bullpen, and his wife, Morgan, were married on Christmas Eve in 2009. But instead of giving anniversary gifts to each other, they decided to buy presents for foster kids.