Eduardo A. Encina, Bucs and Pro Sports Enterprise Reporter

Eduardo A. Encina

Bucs and Pro Sports Enterprise Reporter

I’m back for my second stint at the Tampa Bay Times. You may recognize my byline from back in the day when I covered the Rays, Lightning and high school sports. After seven years working in my hometown of Baltimore as the lead Orioles writer at The Baltimore Sun, I’m back covering the Bucs and providing pro sports enterprise. If you have a story idea, email me, tweet me or send me a three-eyed raven. When I’m not working, I’m likely outside hiking (preferably out of cell-phone range), getting charged by a mountain goat, Instagramming my food, plotting my second career as an astronaut or taking hacks at the nearest indoor batting cage.

The hope still invested in Jameis Winston

Jameis Winston, in center, talks with kids while playing games during his Dream Forever Foundation Football Camp on June 6, 2019 at the AdventHealth Training Center in Tampa, Florida. DIRK SHADD   |   Times
The Face of Tampa Bay sports? How about the quarterback the Bucs remain convinced can lead them back to respectability.

Out of control: What’s wrong with the Rays’ top relievers

Rays relief pitcher Jose Alvarado's leadoff walk in the ninth inning Wednesday triggered a six-run implosion that cost the Rays the game. It also continued a dangerous trend. ALLIE GOULDING   |   Times
The common trait connecting Jose Alvarado, Diego Castillo and Chaz Roe — high walk rates.

Rays implode in ninth, fall to Orioles 9-6

Orioles reliever Mychal Givens, a former Plant High standout, tags out the Rays' Kevin Kiermaier trying to score from third during the eighth inning Wednesday, July 3, 2019, at Tropicana Field. [ALLIE GOULDING   |   Times]
Reliever Jose Alvarado allows six runs in a sloppy ninth inning.

Inside the Rays’ busy day of roster moves

DIRK SHADD   |   TimesTampa Bay Rays first baseman Ji-Man Choi (26) looks on after the the call from the umpires came back that the runner was safe on a play where he bobbled the ball while making the catch at first base on a throw by third baseman Yandy Diaz (2) which resulted in Diaz getting an error as Oakland Athletics third baseman Matt Chapman (26) was called safe at first during the sixth at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg on Tuesday, June 11, 2019.
The team made a number of adjustments to its roster before Wednesday’s game against Baltimore.

Rays’ Kevin Kiermaier scratched from starting lineup with left wrist soreness

DIRK SHADD   |   TimesTampa Bay Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier (39) watches after he connects to hit a three run homer in the sixth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, on Monday, July 1, 2019.
Starting centerfielder is hitting just .186 over the last 12 games.