Rick Stroud, Times Staff Writer

Rick Stroud

Rick Stroud covers the Bucs and the NFL for the Times. He joined the paper in 1983 after graduating from Arkansas St., where he played baseball. He has reported on national sporting events including more than 20 Super Bowls, the NCAA Final Four, and the Major League Baseball playoffs. While working as the beat writer assigned to the University of Florida at the Times, Stroud's stories documented NCAA rules violations by the football and basketball programs. He began covering the Bucs in 1990. Since then, the team has undergone seven coaching changes, the death of owner Hugh Culverhouse and the sale of the franchise to billionaire owner Malcolm Glazer and a stadium referendum and a Super Bowl XXVII victory. He co-hosts a sports talk show weekday mornings from 6-9 on WDAE 620-AM, 95.3-FM.

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  1. Rays bats come alive in 11-5 win over Yankees

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    At some point, Joe Maddon has insisted, the line drives will have eyes, the ground balls will find holes and the zeroes on the scoreboard will be replaced by heroes at the plate.

    It happened Friday as the Rays not only snapped out of their collective batting slump,  it was enough to break their four-game losing streak with an 11-5 come-from-behind win over the New York Yankees before 26,079 at Tropicana Field....

  2. Rays rally to beat Yankees

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — At some point, manager Joe Maddon has insisted, the line drives will have eyes, the ground balls will find holes and the zeros on the scoreboard will be replaced by heroes at the plate.

    It happened Friday as the Rays not only snapped out of their collective batting slump but ended their four-game losing streak with an 11-5 come-from-behind win over the Yankees before 26,079 at Tropicana Field....

  3. Rays: Maddon doesn't have clubhouse ideas; Jerry Springer appearances

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    Rays vs. Yankees

    When/where: 7:10 tonight, Tropicana Field

    TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

    Probable pitchers

    RAYS: RH Chris Archer (1-1, 4.50)

    YANKEES: RH Ivan Nova (2-1, 5.94)

    On Archer: The righty is coming off his worst start in the majors, seven runs and 12 hits against the Orioles on Monday. He is 3-0 with a 1.23 ERA in three starts against the Yankees....

  4. Despite struggles, Rays hope Erik Bedard can help

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    ST. PETERSBURG — The Rays were hoping for more but probably not expecting a lot from veteran pitcher Erik Bedard when he started Friday night's game against the Yankees.

    Having pitched for five teams over 11 major-league seasons, the hope is Bedard, 35, could use his experience to settle down a pitching staff that has three starters on the disabled list. He's a savvy lefty who changes speeds but not expressions. ...

  5. For starters: Rays vs. Yankees

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    The Rays (7-9) try to snap a four-game losing steak and even their series against the Yankees tonight at Tropicana Field. Rays veteran lefty Erik Bedard makes his first start of the season vs Yankees RH Hiroki Kuroda (2-1, 3.86).

    Centerfielder Desmond Jennings, who was used as a DH Thursday, is still experiencing soreness in his legs and is not in the lineup. He is day to day, manager Joe Maddon said....

    Rays veteran lefty Erik Bedard makes his first start of the season vs Yankees RH Hiroki Kuroda.
  6. Rays: Maddon (Bayshore), Jeter (Davis Islands) have view of each other

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    Rays vs. Yankees

    When/where: 7:10 tonight; Tropicana Field

    TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

    Tickets: $18-$275, available at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within 5 hours of game time.

    Probable pitchers

    RAYS: LHP Erik Bedard (0-0, 0.00)

    YANKEES: RHP Hiroki Kuroda (2-1, 3.86)...

  7. Jeter makes farewell appearance against Rays

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — It was Derek Jeter's last, first appearance of the season at Tropicana Field on Thursday as the Yankees captain takes his farewell tour. He received a standing ovation from many in the crowd as he walked to the batter's box. But before reaching the plate, he already was home.

    Jeter, 39, has a 38,000-square-foot mansion on Davis Islands, and playing the Rays 19 times per season in the AL East, he has many admirers among Tampa Bay coaches and players....

    Derek Jeter singles in the second inning, going 2-for-4 in his first appearance at Tropicana Field during his final season.
  8. Yankees pound David Price and Rays, turn triple play

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Say this for the Rays batters — and maybe for the entire ballclub at this early stage of the season — it felt like they hit something Thursday night against the Yankees.

    Rock bottom.

    After watching ace David Price get ambushed for four runs and three extra-base hits in the first 11 batters, the Rays then did something that crystallized their recent struggles when Sean Rodriguez hit into an around-the-horn triple play....

  9. Rays hit into triple play, Price battered in loss to Yankees

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    Say this for the Tampa Bay Rays batters – and maybe for the entire ball club at this early part of the season – they finally hit something Thursday night against the Yankees....

  10. Rays woes worsen: S-Rod hits into triple play

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  11. For starters: Rays vs. Yankees

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    The Rays (7-8) host the New York Yankees at Tropicana Field. It will be Rays LHP David Price (2-0, 2.91) vs. Yankees (LHP) CC Sabathia (1-2, 6.63).

    Manager Joe Maddon has eight right-handed batters and switch-hitter Ben Zobrist in the lineup vs. Sabathia. Desmond Jennings will DH with Brandon Guyer in CF. Rays manager Joe Maddon said he wanted to give Jennings a day off his feet and keep Guyer and Rodriguez involved....

  12. Return of Tampa 2 excites Bucs' Gerald McCoy

    Bucs

    TAMPA — The uniform design is contemporary. Some players still need directions to One Buc Place, and the coaching staff is new.

    But as disruptive as the changes might be, the Bucs and tackle Gerald McCoy hope a nostalgic return to the Tampa 2 will create more havoc on defense.

    "It's definitely going to be different," McCoy said. "We're playing the old-school, traditional Tampa 2 defense, and all we've been watching is old Chicago tape when (new Bucs coach Lovie Smith) was there. When (the Bucs) were in their prime, from 1996 to 2002, we've been watching all that tape because that's when the Tampa 2 was really thriving and took over the league. I'm excited about it."...

  13. Manziel may be on radar for Lovie Smith, Bucs

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    TAMPA

    Lovie Smith hit the pause button. Not just on life during his year away from football, but on the games he watched on television during fall weekends.

    "I really enjoyed the time being a fan, watching our game, studying our game. Looking at different coaches," Smith said. "And then, everything I believe in, my core values and how I run a football team.

    "I had a chance to analyze all of that, and the conclusion I came to is we're not going to make a lot of drastic changes on how I believe you treat people and how you win football games. But there are some things that we will do differently, and I guess you'll have to wait until we start playing games to see that."...

    ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 31: Quarterback Johnny Manziel #2 of the Texas A&M Aggies rolls out and looks downfield to pass during the the Chick-fil-A Bowl game against the Duke Blue Devils at the Georgia Dome on December 31, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)
  14. Bucs preseason schedule released, Williams looms in third week

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    Bills receiver Mike Williams can begin to exact a measure of revenge against the Bucs in the third week of the preseason when Tampa Bay visits Buffalo.

    That was among the highlights to the Bucs' preseason schedule, which was released Wednesday. Date and times of the games will be announced at a later time.

    Williams was traded to the Bills for a sixth-round pick in next month's NFL draft....

    Bills receiver Mike Williams can begin to exact a measure of revenge against the Bucs in the third week of the preseason when Tampa Bay visits Buffalo.
  15. Eastern Ilinois QB Garoppolo visits Bucs

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    Another day, another visit from a quarterback prospect at One Buc Place.

    Eastern Illinois quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo met with coach Lovie Smith and other members of the coaching and front office staff at the club's facility Tuesday, the team confirmed.

    Garoppolo, the 2013 Walter Payton Award winner and FCS Offensive Player of the Year, has emerged as a possible first round pick following impressive work at the East-West Shrine Game, Senior Bowl and NFL scouting combine....