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Marc Topkin - Rays Reporter

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.

  1. Rays catcher Mike Zunino talks with pitcher Ryan Yarbrough in the seventh inning Sunday against the Yankees.
  2. Yoshi Tsutsugo, center, gets some extra celebration from his Rays teammates Sunday. The slumping Tsutsugo drove in the go-ahead run in the seventh to help beat the Yankees.
  3. The Rays are looking to complete a sweep of their three-game series at Yankee Stadium.
  4. Rays starter Tyler Glasnow reacts to the pain in his left hand during the fifth inning Saturday against the Yankees as shortstop Willy Adames looks on.
  5. The Rays' Manuel Margot hits a two-run homer during the fourth inning against the Yankees on Saturday in New York.
  6. Fans watch during the fourth inning of Friday's game between the New York Yankees and the Tampa Bay Rays.
  7. Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier going through a pre-game workout on Saturday at Yankee Stadium.
  8. Yoshi Tsutsugo strikes out during Monday's game against the Rangers at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg.
  9. The Rays' Brandon Lowe hits a two-run double in the first inning Friday against the Yankees.
  10. The Rays' Tyler Glasnow struck out a career-high 14 Monday in a 1-0 win against the Rangers.
  11. Rays first baseman Michael Brosseau, right, is congratulated by shortstop Willy Adames after hitting a solo home run during the eighth inning of Game 5 of the American League Division Series against the New York Yankees in October in San Diego.
  12. Austin Meadows getting plunked on Sunday is the latest in a series of ugly moments between the Yankees and the Rays.
  13. Rays starter Josh Fleming pitches against the Rangers during the fourth inning Wednesday at the Trop.
  14. With Chris Archer leaving Saturday’s game with elbow tightness, the Rays summoned Josh Fleming, pictured, and pushed Rich Hill back a day to so Fleming could start on his usual day.
  15. Veteran Rays pitcher Rich Hill has concerns about a Major League Baseball-backed plan to move pitching mounds back a foot on an experimental basis in the independent Atlantic League, where he used to pitch.
  16. Rays pitcher Chris Archer, second from right, is taken out of Saturday's game against the Yankees after getting injured during the third inning.
  17. The Rays' Austin Meadows is down after being hit by a pitch by the Yankees' Jordan Montgomery as catcher Gary Sanchez looks on during the first inning of Sunday's game at Tropicana Field.
  18. Rays reliever Collin McHugh returns to the dugout after the top half of the 10th inning Sunday against the Yankees.
  19. Rays designated hitter Austin Meadows walks to first after getting hit by a pitch in the first inning Sunday against the Yankees.
  20. Brent Honeywell delivers a pitch against the New York Yankees in the first inning of Sunday's game at Tropicana Field.
  21. Brent Honeywell watched from the dugout as the Rays did some infield drills before making his big-league debut Sunday against the New York Yankees.
  22. Rayts pitcher Brent Honeywell does an interview during a spring game at Charlotte Sports Park on March 22.
  23. The Rays' Yandy D’az and Randy Arozarena celebrate Arozarena's home run against the Yankees in the third inning at Tropicana Field on Saturday.