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 pitcher Yonny Chirinos fractured his elbow while throwing live batting practice in late September and underwent surgery Sept. 30 to have a screw installed.
  2. Randy Arozarena became only the third player in Rays history to have at least 20 homers and 20 steals in the same season.
  3. Rays manager Kevin Cash walks to the mound during the third inning of Game 3 of the American League Division Series against the Red Sox in Boston.
  4. Rays starting pitcher Shane Baz walks form the field after being taken out of the game in the third inning against the Red Sox in Game 2 of the ALDS.
  5. Rays baseball operations president Erik Neander , left, and manager Kevin Cash, right, speak to reporters during a news conference Tuesday at Tropicana Field.
  6. Wander Franco seemed to relish his first turn on the postseason stage with hits in all four games, including two homers, posting a .368 average (7-for-19) and a 1.158 OPS.
  7. Boston's Enrique Hernandez reacts after hitting a sacrifice fly ball to score Danny Santana to beat the Rays in the ninth inning during Game 4 of the American League Division Series on Monday night.
  8. Rays pitcher Shane McClanahan reacts after giving up a three-run home run during the third inning to the Boston Red Sox on Monday night in Game 4 of the ALDS.
  9. Rays pitcher Collin McHugh, who saw limited action in Monday's Game 4, is a free-agent-to-be as the offseason approaches.
  10. Collin McHugh will serve as the Rays' opener tonight at Fenway Park, likely to work two-three innings.
  11. Red Sox rightfielder Hunter Renfroe leaps as the ball, hit by the Rays' Kevin Kiermaier, bounces over the wall for a ground-rule double during the 13th inning Sunday in the ALDS Game 2.
  12. The Red Sox's Christian Vazquez reacts after hitting a walkoff home run against the Rays during the 13th inning of Game 3 of the American League Division Series Sunday at Fenway Park.
  13. Rays manager Kevin Cash, left, walks to the mound to relieve pitcher Josh Fleming, far right, during the third inning of Game 3 against Boston in the ALDS. Fleming may also be available for parts of Game 4 on Monday.
  14. The Rays and Red Sox are set for Game 3 of the ALDS today at Fenway Park.
  15. Rays relief pitcher Matt Wisler (37) reacts after Boston's J.D. Martinez connects for a three-run home run in the fifth inning in Game 2 of the ALDS on Friday.
  16. Rays shortstop Wander Franco is the most shining example of the organization’s work in the minors.
  17. Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Drew Rasmussen pitches in the seventh inning during game three of the series against the Boston Red Sox at Tropicana Field, Sunday, August 1, 2021 in St. Petersburg.
  18. Rays relief pitcher Collin McHugh looks down after giving up a home run to the Red Sox's Alex Verdugo (99) in the third inning of Game 2 of the ALDS on Friday night at Tropicana Field.
  19. Rays starting pitcher Shane Baz, facing front, is taken out of the game by manager Kevin Cash (16), far left, in the third inning of Friday's game against the Boston Red Sox at Tropicana Field.
  20. Randy Arozarena slides into home plate as Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez, center, anticipates the throw Thursday night in Game 1 of the ALDS.
  21. Why change what works? The Rays lineup, minus the starting pitcher, for Game 2 of the ALDS is the same as Game 1.
  22. The Rays' Randy Arozarena (56) waves to fans as he runs onto the field during the sixth inning of Game 1 of the ALDS against the Boston Red Sox at Tropicana Field.
  23. Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Brett Phillips had a coach's helmet, a whistle and a clipboard to keep him busy during games.