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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. The Indians' Amed Rosario scores the go-ahead run Sunday on a sac fly in the eighth as the Rays' Francisco Mejia awaits the throw.
  2. Rays right-hander Collin McHugh was placed on the 10-day injured list due to what the team is calling “arm fatigue.”
  3. The Rays' Shane McClanahan pitches in the third inning against the Blue Jays on July 9.
  4. The Rays' Brett Phillips celebrates his solo home run during the third inning Saturday against Cleveland.
  5. Manager Kevin Cash acknowledged it was a “really tough” situation with Taylor Walls, saying there wasn’t anything the Rays could tell him he needed to go to Triple-A to work on.
  6. Nelson Cruz is congratulated by teammates after hitting a solo home run in the third inning of a game against the Indians Friday in Cleveland.
  7. Nelson Cruz is greeted by his new Rays teammates after hitting a solo homer, in just his second at-bat with the team, during the third Friday at Cleveland.
  8. The Rays' Kevin Kiermaier gets down to show his appreciation for a happy Ji-Man Choi after his three-run homer in the ninth Friday against Cleveland.
  9. The Rays on Friday dealt veteran left-handed pitcher Rich Hill to the Mets.
  10. Nelson Cruz will bat third as the designated hitter for the Rays tonight against the Indians.
  11. Have the Rays every made a bigger acquisition than Nelson Cruz?
  12. Joe Ryan delivers a pitch during a Rays simulated game last year at Tropicana Field.
  13. Indians shortstop Amed Rosario tags out the Rays' Austin Meadows trying to steal second during the sixth inning Thursday.
  14. The Rays acquired the big right-handed bat they were seeking Thursday, getting veteran slugger Nelson Cruz from the Twins.
  15. The Rays and Indians open a four-game weekend series tonight at Progressive Field in Cleveland.
  16. Rays leftfielder Randy Arozarena celebrates after a homer in the third inning against the Baltimore Orioles Tuesday at Tropicana Field.
  17. Rays top draft pick Carson Williams was excited to be at Tropicana Field on Tuesday, and to be signed.
  18. While the Rays would prefer to give him the night off, Mike Zunino will be available if needed, Kevin Cash said, to play in tonight's game against the Orioles, which will be started by Francisco Mejia.
  19. Rays pitching prospect Joe Ryan said in recent Zoom interview that he is looking forward to pitching for Team USA in the upcoming Olympics.
  20. Yandy Díaz en un juego a principios de este año. “Me siento mal por mi gente en Cuba".
  21. Tampa Bay Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier, left, and right fielder Brett Phillips, right, celebrate after defeating the Atlanta Braves in a baseball game Sunday, July 18, 2021, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
  22. The Rays' Wander Franco celebrates with Brandon Lowe after Franco's solo homer in the sixth against the Braves on Sunday.
  23. Rays shortstop Wander Franco fields a ground ball against the Angels during a game on June 26.