Wednesday, June 20, 2018


Rodney Page, Times staff writer

Rodney Page, Times staff writer

Rodney Page joined the Times as a full-time staff writer in 1996. Since then, Page has not only covered the preps sports scene in Pinellas County but also the Tampa Bay Mutiny of Major League Soccer and local professional golf tournaments on the PGA and Champions Tour. Page was also involved in creating a golf website that featured reviews of all public courses in Hernando, Pasco, Hillsborough and Pinellas counties. Growing up in Clearwater, Page learned to love most outdoor activities, from boating and fishing to baseball and golf. He is the father of two children, who also love to spend time outdoors when not glued to their phones.

Robinson's Kaliah Henderson (SCOTT PURKS | Special to the Times)

Tampa Bay Times’ all-Hillsborough County girls basketball team

Player of the Year: Kaliah Henderson, Jr., RobinsonFirst teamG Brylee Bartram, Jr., Seffner ChristianG Jacquelyn LeVay, Sr., AlonsoF/G Tarriyonna Gary, So., Carrollwood DayF Tiasia...
Updated: 11 hours ago
Countryside High School basketball player November Morton. (ALESSANDRA DA PRA |  Times)

Tampa Bay Times’ all-Pinellas County girls basketball team

Player of the Year: November Morton, Sr., CountrysideFirst teamG Paris Williams, Sr., LakewoodG Summer Quigley, Jr., East LakeF Toi Smith, Sr., LakewoodF/G Carrie Lee, Sr.,...
Updated: 12 hours ago
Palm Harbor University's Mary Raymond (DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times)

Tampa Bay Times’ all-Tampa Bay girls soccer players of the year

Pinellas Player of the Year: MF Mary Raymond, Jr., Palm Harbor UniversityThe numbers: Raymond scored 13 goals and added seven assists. She spent the first part of the season as the central...
Published: 06/19/18
1B/DH Brad Miller, shown here during a game earlier this year, was in his third major-league season with the Rays. [MONICA HERNDON  |  Times]

Rays journal: Brad Miller designated for assignment to make room for Jake Bauers

ST. PETERSBURG — As expected, the Rays designated 1B/DH Brad Miller for assignment Thursday afternoon to make room for the promoted Jake Bauers.Miller, 28, was in his third season with the Rays. In 48 games this year, he hit .256...
Published: 06/07/18
Updated: 06/08/18
Rays third baseman Matt Duffy, catcher Wilson Ramos and pitching coach Kyle Snyder meet with

Rays losing streak reaches seven with 5-4 loss to Mariners

ST. PETERSBURG — Daniel Robertson didn't want to talk about his towering home run to lead off the third inning Thursday against the Mariners. He was more upset about the hits he and his team didn't get.The Rays left 15 runners on...
Published: 06/07/18
Denard Span, traded by the Rays on May 25, returns to the Trop for the first time since the deal and celebrates his home run against his ex-team with the Mariners' Guillermo Heredia on Thursday, June 7, 2018. [Getty Images]

Rodney Page’s takeaways from Thursday’s Rays-Mariners game

For a guy who got two hours sleep, 1B Jake Bauers' debut showed much promise. He hit three balls on the button and made a nice catch in foul territory. His first big-league hit isn't far off.Pretty strong return...
Published: 06/07/18
Rays first baseman Jake Bauers signs autographs as his dad, Stu, excitedly watches from the stands at Tropicana Field on Thursday, June 7, 2018. [MONICA HERNDON  |  Times]

Jake Bauers’ promotion to majors continues Rays’ youth movement

ST. PETERSBURG — The promotion of  Jake Bauers is just one more part of the Rays' youth movement this season. The 22-year-old made his major-league debut Thursday night, starting at first base and batting sixth in the order against...
Published: 06/07/18
Baseball: Wrapping up local picks in the third day of MLB draft

Baseball: Wrapping up local picks in the third day of MLB draft

The third and final day of the Major League Baseball draft was held Wednesday. Here's a look at where some local players were drafted:RHP Ryan Fernandez (Alonso High School/Hillsborough CC) was taken in the 23rd round (700th pick) by the...
Published: 06/06/18
Gunnar Hoglund  (ALICE HERDEN | Special to the Times)

Fivay’s Gunnar Hoglund thrilled to be a Pirate

The call Gunnar Hoglund was hoping for came late Monday night. The Pittsburgh Pirates were on the line, wondering if Hoglund would be willing to forgo his scholarship to Mississippi and sign with them.After some negotiation, Hoglund...
Updated one month ago
Connor Scott, right,  drafted in the first round Monday, says,

Draft journal: Plant’s Connor Scott happy to be part of a Florida team (even if it’s not college)

Connor Scott didn't have to wait long to find out where his professional baseball career would start. Scott was taken by the Miami Marlins with the 13th overall pick Monday night in the Major League Baseball draft.He got the call from...
Updated one month ago