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Tampa Bay Rays grounds crew member Mike Deubel works to put the finishing touches on the Opening Day logo on the third base line on the evening before Thursday's season opener at Tropicana Field. There are matching logos on the third and first base lines along with a 20th Anniversary logo behind home plate. [DIRK SHADD   |   Times]
Tampa Bay Rays grounds crew member Mike Deubel works to put the finishing touches on the Opening Day logo on the third base line on the evening before Thursday's season opener at Tropicana Field. There are matching logos on the third and first base lines along with a 20th Anniversary logo behind home plate. [DIRK SHADD | Times]
Published Mar. 29, 2018

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LIVE BLOG: RAYS OPEN 2018 SEASON AGAINST RED SOX

Follow our live coverage as starting pitcher Chris Archer and the Tampa Bay Rays open the 2018 season against Chris Sale and the Boston Red Sox at Tropicana Field. You'll find news, analysis, photos, video and more on our live blog — all in real time. Also, for those who aren't fans of the Trop, we present some reasons why you should appreciate the stadium that may not be the Rays' home before too long.

MOFFITT CANCER DOCTOR, 70, IDENTIFIED AS VICTIM IN FIERY TEMPLE TERRACE CRASH

A motorist who died after his car burst into flames during a three-car crash Wednesday morning has been identified as a 70-year-old lung-cancer specialist who worked more than 30 years at Moffitt Cancer Center. Firefighters extinguished flames from the 7:10 a.m. crash at Fowler and Gillette avenues near Interstate 75 and found Charles Canaan Williams Jr. dead inside, the Temple Terrace Police Department said in a news release.

ATTENTION, TAMPA BAY HOME SELLERS — YOU'LL MAKE MORE IF YOU LIST BY APRIL 30

Thinking of selling your home? If so, you need to get it on the market fast. Tampa Bay homes listed in the second half of April sell 15.3 days faster than the average listing and for an $1,800 premium, Zillow says.

TARIFFS, PAPER SHORTAGE COMBINE FOR FINANCIAL PRESSURE ON NEWSPAPERS

Two years ago, a Washington state paper mill was bought by a private equity firm with interests in everything from pizza and urinalysis to car rentals and chemicals. That transaction, little noted at the time, laid the groundwork for what could be a devastating blow to the already struggling U.S. newspaper industry. Susan Taylor Martin explains how the Times and other newspapers could suffer as a result.

CHRISSY METZ TALKS 'THIS IS US' AND HER PAINFUL FLORIDA CHILDHOOD BEFORE COMING TO CLEARWATER

Chrissy Metz has a complicated history with Florida. The breakout star of the weeper hit This Is Us is coming to Clearwater's Capitol Theatre on Monday on a tour with her book, This Is Me: Loving the Person You Are Today, a copy of which is included in each ticket. In it she details the pain of growing up in poverty in Gainesville, abandoned by her father and ridiculed by her stepfather. In a phone conversation between appearances on The View and The Chew, the actor said returning to the Sunshine State isn't painful because like her own family relationships, "there's been a lot of conversations about forgiveness and progress in the relationship."

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