Marc Topkin, Rays Reporter

Marc Topkin

Rays Reporter

If there's something in Tampa Bay Rays history you're interested in, there's a good chance I was there for it. First pitch, Wade Boggs' 3,000th hit, the 2008 ALCS clincher and World Series experience, Evan Longoria's Game 162 walkoff, the 2018 advent of the opener, and plenty more. That's the benefit of having covered the franchise from day one (actually even before) and for all 21 seasons, as well as other baseball matters locally and nationally since joining the Times in 1983 from Drake University. Obviously, I've enjoyed the ride and am happy to share the details with you on all platforms. I’ve also had the privilege of covering Super Bowls, Olympics and college bowl games, but, pssst, baseball has always been my first love.

Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Rays’ 6-3 win Sunday over Indians

Jose Alvarado had reason to celebrate with catcher Erik Kratz after closing out the Indians on Sunday. [RON SCHWANE \ Associated Press]
On Jose Alvarado’s resiliency, Avisail Garcia’s dazzling defense, and how it’s rarely ever easy.

Rays saying pushing back Tyler Glasnow return ‘not at all’ a sign of trouble as they make room for Oliver Drake

Rays reliever Oliver Drake tags out the Indians' Leonys Martin trying to score during the seventh inning Sunday, May 26, 2019. [RON SCHWANE   |   Associated Press]
Glasnow was shifted from the 10- to the 60-day injured list as Rays needed a spot on 40-man roster for veteran reliever.

Austin Meadows leads way as Rays beat Indians 6-3

The Rays' Austin Meadows slides in to score on Ji-Man Choi's sac fly in the third as Indians catcher Kevin Plawecki can't handle the errant throw on Sunday, May 26, 2019. The spikes high was inadvertent, Meadows says. [RON SCHWANE   |   Associated Press]
The Rays head home a season-high 12 games over .500 at 31-19 as they reach the traditional Memorial Day checkpoint.

Well-traveled Oliver Drake joins Rays as Casey Sadler is sent down, Tyler Glasnow shifted to 60-day IL

Oliver Drake joined the Rays this season. [Times photo 2019]
Drake made history last season by pitching for five teams; the Rays will be the seventh for the Naval Academy product

Rays at Indians lineups on a soggy Sunday

Weather will be an issue again today for the Rays and Indians as they try to complete their four-game series. [MARC TOPKIN | Times]
After Saturday’s three-hour delay for what turned out to be not much rain, weather will be a factor again today.