04/19/15 The Heater
ST. PETERSBURG — The Rays finished a rough series against the Yankees on Sunday, losing 5-3 to get swept at Tropicana Field by New York for the first time in a decade.
The troubles started early, when Matt Andriese's second career start ended up even shorter than his first. The 25-year-old right-hander allowed eight hits and four earned runs in 31/3 innings before being replaced by reliever Steve Geltz....
TAMPA — The robber entered the ABC Liquor store Sunday, pulled a gun and ordered the two clerks to the ground. One of them ignored the command and pulled his own gun.
The clerk fired at the robber, police said, but wasn't sure if he hit his target. The robber fired back, just grazing the clerk in the face.
Then the assailant made what might have been his best decision during the 2:55 p.m. robbery — he fled on foot....
CLEARWATER — Police named the woman who was killed in a Clearwater motorcycle crash Saturday evening as Rachel Nicole Perkins, 22, of Tampa.
Perkins was riding with motorcycle driver Jerome Roberson when the bike veered off Court Street and hit a curb, Clearwater police said. Both were thrown from the bike.
Rescue workers found Perkins dead at the scene at about 5:15 p.m near Prospect Avenue in downtown Clearwater. She had not been wearing a helmet....
TAMPA — A Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office deputy was arrested Saturday on a domestic violence charge, the Sheriff's Office said.
Keron Lucius, 34, was charged with one count of domestic battery at about 1 p.m. Saturday, according to jail logs.
According to an arrest report, Lucius pushed the victim to the floor multiple times during a verbal argument, causing the victim to receive scratches to the neck, abrasions to the knees, elbows and a toe, and contusions to the hands, elbows and knees....
A baby shower from my nightmares ... that’s just how I thought Orphan Black would open its third season. Okay, not really. But it was funny to see Felix looking like he walked straight off the set of Mad Men. This episode kept the fast-paced story going with lots of sexy manipulation, wigs and a talking scorpion. Here’s a little recap and highlights:
Favorite line: “Oh yeah, I’m like, way better thanks to science,” says Cosima at Helena’s baby shower. Science: creating and saving lives....
Flying in from the north over the buildings of Washington, D.C., Doug Hughes could make out a white tower in the distance, the most notable spire on the skyline. When he got close enough to see the Potomac River, he knew what he was looking at: The Washington Monument.
He was freezing, his face and hands going numb. He wore a heavy U.S. Postal Service jacket, but he hadn't expected it to be so cold at 300 feet. He'd been buzzing through the gray sky at 45 mph for more than an hour, having left an airport in Gettysburg, Pa., at noon on Wednesday....
TAMPA — Hillsborough County sheriff's deputies were investigating a stabbing and arson at a Tampa mobile home Sunday morning.
Emergency personnel responded around 10 a.m. to a report of a stabbing and fire at 5507 Baptist Church Road, located off Interstate 4 between Tampa and Seffner. They found at least two people with stab wounds and a mobile home on fire, authorities said.
The fire was extinguished and the victims, who were not immediately identified, were transported to a local hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries, according to the Sheriff's Office....
A car crash Saturday morning closed northbound lanes on Interstate 75 in Hillsborough County for several hours, according to Florida Highway Patrol.
Dennis Barefoot, 67, was driving northbound in the outside lane on I-75 near Bruce B. Downs Boulevard around 11:50 a.m., while Sarah Suh, 19, was in the inside lane and both tried to merge into the center lane at the same time, authorities said. Suh drove back into the inside lane to avoid a collision but lost control and struck Barefoot's car in the center lane, according to Florida Highway Patrol....
A Dade City man crashed his car on Interstate 75 in Pasco County on Saturday after falling asleep while driving, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
Logan Guess, 31, was driving northbound on I-75 near State Road 52 in the outside lane around 5:45 p.m. when he fell asleep and traveled into the inside lane, authorities said.
He then woke up, lost control of his car when he overcorrected into the outside lane and collided into a concrete median wall in a construction zone, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Guess was not injured and was charged with careless driving, authorities said....
04/18/15 TV and Radio
Autos F1: Bahrain Grand Prix 11 a.m. NBCSN, TeleFutura Sprint Cup: Food City 500 1 p.m. Ch. 13; 102.5-FM IndyCar: Grand Prix of Long Beach 4 p.m. NBCSN Baseball Yankees at Rays 1 p.m. Sun Sports; 620-AM Marlins at Mets 1 p.m. FSF Padres at Cubs 2:20 p.m. MLB Reds at Cardinals 8 p.m. ESPN, ESPND; 620-AM Basketball D-League playoffs: Fort Wayne at Canton 6 p.m. ESPNU D-League playoffs: Austin at Santa Cruz 8:30 p.m. ESPNU College baseball Alabama at Missouri 1 p.m. SEC St. John's at Creighton 1 p.m. CBSSN Indiana at Illinois 1 p.m. Big Ten USF at Memphis 2 p.m. 1010-AM Florida at Mississippi State 3 p.m. ESPNU Arkansas at Texas A&M 4 p.m. SEC College softball Florida at Georgia 1 p.m. ESPNU Oregon at Stanford 3 p.m. ESPN Texas A&M at LSU 7 p.m. SEC Golf PGA Europe: Shenzhen International 6 a.m. Golf PGA: RBC Heritage 1 p.m. Golf PGA: RBC Heritage 3 p.m. Ch. 10 Champions: Greater Gwinnett Championship 3 p.m. Golf Lacrosse MLL: Florida at Chesapeake 4:30 p.m. FSF NBA playoffs, first round East, Game 1: Celtics at Cavaliers 3 p.m. Ch. 28; 1250-AM East, Game 1: Nets at Hawks 5:30 p.m. TNT West, Game 1: Blazers at Grizzlies 8 p.m. TNT West, Game 1: Spurs at Clippers 10:30 p.m. TNT NHL playoffs, first round East, Game 3: Capitals at Islanders noon Ch. 8 West, Game 3: Predators at Blackhawks 3 p.m. Ch. 8 East, Game 3: Canadiens at Senators 7 p.m. NBCSN Soccer EPL: West Ham at Manchester City 8:15 a.m. NBCSN; 1470-AM FA Cup: Liverpool vs. Aston Villa 10 a.m. FS1 EPL: Tottenham at Newcastle 10:30 a.m. CNBC Mexican: Santos Laguna at Pumas 1 p.m. Univision MLS: New England at Philadelphia 5 p.m. ESPN2 MLS: Portland at New York City 7 p.m. FS1
04/18/15 The Heater
Rays vs. Yankees
When/where: 1:10 today; Tropicana Field
TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)
Tickets: $21-$300, available at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within five hours of game time
Promotion: Evan Longoria rubber duck for kids 14 and under
Probable pitchers Rays: RH Matt Andriese (0-0, 3.86) ...
04/18/15 The Heater
ST. PETERSBURG — What started as a dazzling duel between Jake Odorizzi and the Yankees' Masahiro Tanaka ended with an ugly 9-0 loss for the Rays and the dismissal of veteran reliever Grant Balfour.
After Balfour's poor pitching played a key role in the Yankees' seven-run seventh inning, the Rays designated him for assignment, a procedural step to likely releasing him and eating the remainder of his $7 million salary. Brandon Gomes was called up and will take his place in the bullpen....
04/18/15 The Heater
ST. PETERSBURG — Friday's callup was a significant accomplishment for INF Ryan Brett.
He isn't very big, measuring barely 5 feet 9. He grew up in the Seattle area, far from a baseball hotbed.
And he has only one kidney.
Brett, 23, had his left kidney removed in November 2012, after repeated episodes of pain while playing in the minors led to the discovery of a significant blockage in his ureter, the tube from the kidney to the bladder. (Due to a complication, he also had to have hernia surgery two months later.)...
04/18/15 Lightning Strikes
Rumor of the day
An Internet rumor surfaced that Steven Stamkos bit a Red Wing during a Game 2 scrum. Stamkos got a kick out of it: "My teeth, they're all fake. They'll fall out if I bite somebody." Judge for yourself; see a photo of the alleged bite on 14C.
Quote of the day
"I'll be in the hot tub by 10 tonight. The sun's going to come up tomorrow. We've got a five-game series against Tampa. Looks like it's going to be fun."...
This time last year, Jesuit limped into the Class 5A playoffs, losers of three of its last five games with nine players suspended for violating a school policy. Of course, the Tigers went on to win seven straight and a state championship.
Do they have another run in them this season? Does any team in Tampa Bay have a chance to be this year's Jesuit? Tampa Bay has had several state champions in the past decade, including Alonso (2011, 2009), Dunedin (2008) and Clearwater Central Catholic (2007). And though there are many teams that have the potential to make a run this year, predicting just who that will be could be a challenge thanks to extreme parity....