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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 Rays on Thursday called up right-handed pitcher Easton McGee, a 2016 fourth-round pick who has had a solid season at Triple-A Durham, to add a fresh arm to the bullpen. [MARC TOPKIN | Times]
  2. Rays starting pitcher Jeffrey Springs delivers a pitch during the first inning of Thursday's game against the Guardians in Cleveland.
  3. Damage caused by Hurricane Ian outside Charlotte Sports Park, home of the Rays' spring training complex, Thursday in Port Charlotte.
  4. Rays starter Jeffrey Springs gets the nod on the mound tonight as the Rays wrap up a series with Cleveland.
  5. Rays manager Kevin Cash discusses a call with home plate umpire Ryan Additon during the fourth inning Wednesday against the Guardians.
  6. In his return from Tommy John surgery, Tyler Glasnow throws three innings in Cleveland.
  7. Yandy Diaz will be at third base for the first time in more than a week when the Rays play the Guardians tonight in Cleveland.
  8. Rays starting pitcher Corey Kluber delivers a pitch against the Cleveland Guardians during the first inning of Tuesday's game in Cleveland.
  9. Rays designated hitter Harold Ramirez watches his one-run double off Guardians starting pitcher Shane Bieber during the fourth inning Tuesday.
  10. The Rays are set to open a three-game series tonight at Cleveland's Progressive Field, weather permitting.
  11. Weather permitting, Rays starter Tyler Glasnow will make his major-league return Wednesday against the Guardians in Cleveland.
  12. Corey Kluber has fond memories of pitching in Cleveland, where the Rays start their last road trip of the regular season.
  13. Ji-Man Choi celebrates with his team after clinching a spot in the playoffs thanks to a win over the Blue Jays in 2019. If the Rays clinch a spot this season, they'll also be doing it on the road.
  14. Rays shortstop Wander Franco throws to first baseman Harold Ramirez as the Blue Jays' Matt Chapman grounds out in the second inning Sunday.
  15. Rays starter Shane McClanahan looks on while returning to the dugout after pitching in the second inning against the Blue Jays at Tropicana Field on Sunday.
  16. The Rays' Jose Siri reacts after striking out in the sixth inning against the Blue Jays on Saturday night.
  17. Rookie of the Year Jose Siri, Most Valuable Player Shane McClanahan and Paul C. Smith Champion recipient Yandy Diaz pose for a portrait after receiving awards from the Tampa Bay chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America ahead of Saturday's game.
  18. Shane Baz's season is done, as he is headed for Tommy John surgery. Baz initially was injured in July and was advised by doctors to try a program of rest, treatment and rehab.
  19. Blue Jays catcher Danny Jansen watches as Taylor Walls slides into home plate at Tropicana Field on Friday.
  20. Rays third baseman Isaac Paredes (17) and leftfielder Randy Arozarena (56) celebrate after Arozaren’s three-run home run in the fifth inning Friday at Tropicana Field.
  21. Rays starting pitcher Ryan Yarbrough reacts after giving up a solo home run to the Toronto Blue Jays' Whit Merrifield during Thursday's game at Tropicana Field. Yarbrough, who was removed after just one inning, was placed on the injured list Friday.
  22. Rays pitcher Ryan Yarbrough (48) appears hurt as shortstop Wander Franco (5) and first baseman Ji-Man Choi (26) approach him on the mound during Thursday's game against the Blue Jays at Tropicana Field.
  23. Rays relief pitcher Pete Fairbanks reacts after striking out Rafael Devers to end a 4-3 win over the Red Sox earlier this month at Tropicana Field.
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