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' Harold Ramirez reacts after driving in the winning run with a single against the Pirates during the 10th inning Friday night.
  2. Rays infielder Jonathan Aranda (62) watches his team play against the Yankees during the first inning at Tropicana Field on Tuesday.
  3. The Yankees' Jose Trevino celebrates after hitting a home run off Rays pitcher Ralph Garza Jr. during the eighth inning Wednesday.
  4. Pirates manager Derek Shelton, left, greets Ke'Bryan Hayes (13) as he returns to the dugout after scoring on a sacrifice fly during a game against the Cubs in June in Pittsburgh. Shelton expects his players to play hard but keeps things loose off the field.
  5. Isaac Paredes homers off the Yankees' Jordan Montgomery in the second inning Wednesday.
  6. Shortstop Taylor Walls fields a ground ball hit by the Yankees' Jose Trevino, then commits a throwing error to first during the sixth inning Wednesday.
  7. The Rays have rookie right-hander Shane Baz on the mound tonight as they seek a second straight win over the Yankees.
  8. There is a possibility that Wander Franco will rejoin the Rays for one of their afternoon games Saturday or Sunday against the Pirates.
  9. Rays first baseman Isaac Paredes (17) receives a high-five from designated hitter Harold Ramirez (43), after the first of Paredes' three home runs Tuesday at Tropicana Field.
  10. Jonathan Aranda has developed into the one of the top left-handed hitters in the minor leagues but is somewhat limited defensively.
  11. Jalen Beeks will work the first couple of innings and then be followed by an assortment of relievers.
  12. Rays starter Shane McClanahan pitches in the second inning against the Yankees on Monday.
  13. The Rays' Brett Phillps, left, looks on as manager Kevin Cash, right, consoles Manuel Margot after he crashed into the outfield wall chasing an RBI triple hit by the Yankees' Aaron Hicks during the ninth inning Monday.
  14. Josh Lowe rediscovered his swing at Triple-A Durham. His promotion will mean less playing time for the Rays’ other outfielders.
  15. The Rays just saw Yankees pitcher Gerrit Cole last Tuesday and now New York will be waiting at the Trop for another three-game series.
  16. The Rays' Brett Phillips is tagged out by the Orioles' Adley Rutschman after attempting to score on double by Vidal Brujan during the second inning Sunday.
  17. The last time Corey Kluber pitched in Baltimore, he only lasted three innings. The Rays are hoping for a better outing today.
  18. The Rays' Ji-Man Choi, right, is greeted by Yandy Diaz (2) after hitting a two-run home run against Orioles starting pitcher Kyle Bradish during the fifth inning Saturday in Baltimore.
  19. Rays starting pitcher Jeffrey Springs gives up a season-high four runs and seven hits Saturday against the Orioles.
  20. The New York Yankees' Anthony Rizzo watches his game-ending home run against the Rays during the ninth inning Thursday.
  21. Taylor Walls makes a throwing error during a game against the New York Yankees in May at Tropicana Field. Walls has been filling in at shortstop with Wander Franco and Brandon Lowe out.
  22. In games Wander Franco has started at shortstop, the Rays are 25-14. In games he has been the designated hitter or hasn’t played at all, they are 10-14.
  23. Shane Baz worked six impressive innings, allowing only two hits (and one hit batter) while walking none and striking out seven, including his last three.

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