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The DayStarter: A bay area product has a big day for the Rays, and a Sarasota father talks about what went horribly wrong at a gun range

• Expect temperatures to be in the relatively cool 70s in the morning but it's going to get a lot hotter from there, according to 10Weather WTSP.

• Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Ryan Garton had a memorable Fourth of July: The Mitchell High School product from New Port Richey notched his first major-league save, helping the Rays beat the Angels 4-2 at Tropicana Field on Monday night. Sports columnist Martin Fennelly writes about how Garton shored up Tampa Bay's struggling bullpen.

• The Sarasota father who authorities say accidentally fired the gunshot that killed his 14-year-old son at a gun range on Sunday told the Tampa Bay Times: "The gun didn't kill my boy. I did." Read the father's harrowing account of what happened.

• When a nonprofit ran out of bed space for 17 Hillsborough County foster children in May and June, Eckerd Kids officials had them sleep on air mattresses in an office building. The Department of Children and Families is investigating. Read what went wrong and what officials are doing to make sure it doesn't happen again.

• Here are the top things to do today around Tampa Bay.

Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Ryan Garton (52) throwing in the ninth inning in the Rays 4-2 win over the Angels at Tropicana Field on Monday. Garton, a product of Mitchell High School in New Port Richey, earned his first major-league save on the Fourth of July. [WILL VRAGOVIC   |   Times]


Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Ryan Garton (52) throwing in the ninth inning in the Rays 4-2 win over the Angels at Tropicana Field on Monday. Garton, a product of Mitchell High School in New Port Richey, earned his first major-league save on the Fourth of July. [WILL VRAGOVIC | Times]

The DayStarter: A bay area product has a big day for the Rays, and a Sarasota father talks about what went horribly wrong at a gun range 07/05/16 [Last modified: Tuesday, July 5, 2016 12:58pm]
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