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.

Day after costly baserunning mistake, Kevin Kiermaier comes up big in more ways than one in Rays’ win over Dodgers

CHRIS URSO  |   TimesTampa Bay Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier (39) is congratulated in the dugout after hitting a three-run homer in the seventh inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers Wednesday, May 22, 2019 in St. Petersburg.
Kiermaier prevented a run from scoring with his arm, then hit a three-run homer that sealed the Rays’ 8-1 win.

Rays offense responds to lineup shuffle in 8-1 win over Dodgers

CHRIS URSO  |   TimesTampa Bay Rays right fielder Avisail Garcia (24), center, is congratulated by teammate Tampa Bay Rays left fielder Guillermo Heredia (54), left, as Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Russell Martin (55), right, looks on after Garcia connected for a three-run homer in the seventh inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers Wednesday, May 22, 2019 in St. Petersburg.
Batting leadoff for the second time in his career, Avisail Garcia provided power in the right spot, hitting a three-run homer in a seven-run seventh.

Eduardo A. Encina’s takeaways from Wednesday’s Rays-Dodgers game

Tampa Bay Rays' Avisail Garcia connects for an RBI-triple off Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez during the third inning of a baseball game Friday, April 19, 2019, in St. Petersburg, Fla. Rays' Yandy Diaz scored on the hit. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
Could Avisail Garcia be the slugger the Rays need to help carry a struggling offense?

Rays’ Matt Duffy re-aggravates hamstring injury

Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Matt Duffy throws out Minnesota Twins' Ehire Adrianza on an infield grounder during the first inning of a spring training baseball game in Port Charlotte, Fla., Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
The infielder left Wednesday’s rehab game with Triple-A Durham in the third inning.

Rays’ Joey Wendle receives good news, takes next steps in recovery from wrist injury

Rays second baseman Joey Wendle doubles against the Royals at Tropicana Field on April 24. [MONICA HERNDON   |   Times]
Infielder was not only able to ditch a cast on his injured right wrist, but he also took grounders at second base.