09/15/14 The Heater
Rays vs. Yankees
When/where: 7:10 tonight; Tropicana Field
TV/radio: Sun Sports, 620-AM
Tickets: $21-$275, available at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within 5 hours of game time.
RAYS: RH Jake Odorizzi (10-12, 4.08)
YANKEES: RH Michael Pineda (3-4, 2.20)...
09/15/14 TV and Radio
Baseball Yankees at Rays 7 p.m. Sun Sports; 620-AM Marlins at Mets 7 p.m. FSF Triple-A final: Omaha vs. Pawtucket 7 p.m. NBCSN Brewers at Cardinals 8 p.m. ESPN Reds at Cubs 8 p.m. WGN Mariners at Angels 10 p.m. MLB Soccer UEFA Champions League: FC Basel at Real Madrid 2:30 p.m. FSF, ESPND UEFA Champions League: Arsenal at Borussia Dortmund 2:30 p.m. FS1 UEFA Champions League: Ludogrets Razgrad at Liverpool 2:30 p.m. FS2 Mexican Cup: Morelia at Puebla 8 p.m. ESPND CONCACAF Champions League: Chorillo at Cruz Azul 8 p.m. Galavision Mexican Cup: UNAM at Toluca 10 p.m. Galavision CONCACAF Champions League: CD Olimpia at Portland 10 p.m. FS1
09/15/14 The Heater
ST. PETERSBURG — It took the Rays nearly 3½ hours to score a run Monday, but it was worth it, Ben Zobrist's bases-loaded single with two outs in the ninth inning giving them a 1-0 win over the Yankees.
"Walkoffs are still fun," manager Joe Maddon said. "I thought our guys celebrated well."
Though it was only the Rays' 73rd win of a disappointing season, Maddon is pushing them for a .500 finish, noting they would be the first team to do so after being 18 games under. They need to win eight of their last 11 to do so....
Ship inspector, 70, rescued after fall
A 70-year-old ship inspector was rescued after falling in the hold of a phosphate carrier Monday, Tampa Fire Rescue said.
The man, whose name was not available, was doing an inspection on the Mount Hope at the CSX terminal at 3701 Causeway Blvd., when he fell nearly 10 feet inside the hold just before 8 p.m.
Tampa Fire Rescue sent its hazardous materials and heavy rescue team, which stabilized the man and lifted him out of the hold. He was taken to Tampa General Hospital. The extent of his injuries was not available, but he was awake during the rescue, Tampa Fire Rescue spokesman Jason Penny said....
ST. PETERSBURG — Retiring Yankees star Derek Jeter had high praise for Rays officials on Monday but wouldn't bite on a question about one day becoming their boss.
Speaking before his final series at the Trop, Jeter reiterated that he eventually "would love" to get into an ownership/decision-making role. Asked if he'd consider that with the Rays since he'll be living in Tampa, he replied: "You're trying to get me in trouble. Is there a tampering rule the other way around? I haven't thought about anything specific."...
CORAL GABLES — Miami QB Kevin Olsen is in trouble again — and this time he might not get another chance.
Olsen, 19, was arrested just after midnight Monday after he approached South Miami police with bloodshot eyes and the smell of alcohol on his breath. He failed a field sobriety test and had in his wallet multiple IDs from different states, including at least one that he told police was fake....
TAMPA — The Bucs defense will play Thursday in Atlanta without starting middle LB Mason Foster, who dislocated his shoulder in Sunday's loss to the Rams.
Will DT Gerald McCoy be joining him on the sidelines?
The Bucs have a short week to prepare for the Falcons, with little time to mend a long list of injuries.
Coach Lovie Smith said Monday that McCoy, Foster and TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins would not have practiced if the team had done so Monday....
TAMPA — The winning formula that first-year coach Lovie Smith sold to the Bucs includes pressuring the quarterback using only four defensive linemen, forcing turnovers, solid special teams and creating a homefield advantage.
Those key elements have been missing during an 0-2 start.
The Bucs have only three sacks and are next to last in the NFL with one takeaway. In Sunday's 19-17 loss to the Rams, they had a punt and field goal blocked while losing their second straight at Raymond James Stadium....
GAINESVILLE — When Florida plays at No. 3 Alabama on Saturday, the Gators will face one of the nation's top wide receivers in Amari Cooper, who leads the SEC in receptions per game (11) and has 454 receiving yards in three games. For a Gator secondary that struggled against Kentucky last week, including giving up six completions that yielded 173 yards, correcting those mistakes is of utmost importance. And coach Will Muschamp insists they can be corrected....
09/15/14 The Heater
ST. PETERSBURG — The Rays will get their first up-close look at another part of the David Price deal today.
Manager Joe Maddon plans to put INF Nick Franklin at second base tonight, a day after Franklin joined the club after the end of Triple-A Durham's season. Maddon plans to juggle the infield without shutting anyone down to give his new utility player plenty of opportunities....
Bryan Clayton knows not everyone likes to mow their lawn. But they also don't know who to hire and don't have the time to gather bids.
That's where his service comes in.
GreenPal connects homeowners with lawn care companies using a smartphone or desktop computer. Clayton cites Uber, a car service app, as its inspiration.
GreenPal works like this. A homeowner posts his lawn job and companies vetted by GreenPal bid for the work. The customer chooses one and reserves with a credit card. Once the job is done, the company uploads a photo of the finished product and the customer approves the payment....
TAMPA — Evelyn Thomas, 60, spent two decades cleaning up after people as a maid. But the 15 years of it she spent cleaning up after hotel guests were hardest.
"I don't care where you go, being a maid is a hard job at any hotel," she said, "because you have to clean up after people who don't care."
The Marriott hotel chain thinks it has a way to make people care more: encourage them to tip their housekeepers....
09/15/14 Real Estate
TAMPA — Back to the drawing board for Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik.
After losing Syniverse as a prospective high-profile tenant, Vinik's real estate development team has withdrawn a rezoning application to build an office building near Amalie Arena.
It also is dropping, at least for now, a related request to close Eunice Avenue for the project.
Both withdrawals came in a letter to City Hall last week....
09/15/14 Public Safety
BELLEAIR — Police Chief Tom Edwards resigned Monday morning amid complaints from officers about his management style, a town official said.
The departure comes several weeks after a detective, backed by several officers, submitted an email criticizing Edwards, said Mayor Gary Katica. He said Town Manager Micah Maxwell hired an expert, who concluded that the allegations were untrue.
Edwards, on the force for about seven years, quit anyway, effective in about a week, the mayor said....
09/15/14 Human Interest
"When I dance, it feels like I'm free," says Chapter 7 Dance Crew founder Javier "JJ" Bailey." Made up of seven area teenagers from Lakewood and Gibbs high schools in St. Petersburg, the group dances for fun and to entertain. "We inspire kids to not give up on their dreams," said Bailey.
According to Bailey, the name represents the seven members in the crew, "so we are chapter 7 and there are 7 letters in the word chapter."...