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 relief pitcher Easton McGee delivers during the sixth inning of his MLB debut, Sunday against the Astros.
  2. Rays starting pitcher Corey Kluber delivers during the first inning of Sunday's game against the Astros in Houston.
  3. The Rays turn to Corey Kluber for the start today against the Astros.
  4. Rays starting pitcher Shane McClanahan gets through a solid five innings against the Astros on Saturday night.
  5. Rays starting pitcher Shane McClanahan is hoping for a better outing tonight against the Astros.
  6. The Rays' David Peralta on reaching 1,000 hits in the majors: "It’s unbelievable. It’s hard, not in a bad way, to process because I’m still shocked that it happened.”
  7. Rays infielder Jonathan Aranda and teammates celebrate defeating the the Houston Astros on Friday and clinching a playoff spot.
  8. There's no doubt Shane McClanahan enjoyed a better first half to the season, but even with the second-half struggles, who else would be the team MVP?
  9. Jose Siri celebrates in the clubhouse after the Rays clinched a playoff berth with a 7-3 victory over the Astros Friday in Houston.
  10. Damage from Hurricane Ian to the Rays' complex at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte was widespread. “I heard it got beat up pretty good,” manager Kevin Cash said.
  11. Yandy Diaz is slated to hit leadoff and serve as the designated hitter for the Rays tonight as they again try to clinch a spot in the postseason.
  12. 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]
  13. Rays starting pitcher Jeffrey Springs delivers a pitch during the first inning of Thursday's game against the Guardians in Cleveland.
  14. Damage caused by Hurricane Ian outside Charlotte Sports Park, home of the Rays' spring training complex, Thursday in Port Charlotte.
  15. Rays starter Jeffrey Springs gets the nod on the mound tonight as the Rays wrap up a series with Cleveland.
  16. Rays manager Kevin Cash discusses a call with home plate umpire Ryan Additon during the fourth inning Wednesday against the Guardians.
  17. In his return from Tommy John surgery, Tyler Glasnow throws three innings in Cleveland.
  18. 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.
  19. Rays starting pitcher Corey Kluber delivers a pitch against the Cleveland Guardians during the first inning of Tuesday's game in Cleveland.
  20. Rays designated hitter Harold Ramirez watches his one-run double off Guardians starting pitcher Shane Bieber during the fourth inning Tuesday.
  21. The Rays are set to open a three-game series tonight at Cleveland's Progressive Field, weather permitting.
  22. Weather permitting, Rays starter Tyler Glasnow will make his major-league return Wednesday against the Guardians in Cleveland.
  23. Corey Kluber has fond memories of pitching in Cleveland, where the Rays start their last road trip of the regular season.

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