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Kevin Kiermaier has three hits in Saturday's win over the Orioles at Tropicana Field.
An offense led by Kevin Kiermaier, Brandon Lowe and Joey Wendle, as well as a strong bullpen, are key.
Notes | Since returning from the injured list, his numbers are dazzling: 0.50 ERA, 31 Ks of 69 batters.
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Notebook | The team had to justify Nikita Kucherov’s surgery, the rehab schedule and the timetable for return to the league.

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  1. Pitcher Jim "Mudcat" Grant, the first Black 20-game winner in the major leagues and a key part of Minnesota's first World Series team in 1965, died. He was 85.
  2. The bullpen, highlighted by Collin McHugh, was especially stout for the Rays on Saturday at Tropicana Field.
  3. Kevin Kiermaier has three hits in Saturday's win over the Orioles at Tropicana Field.
  4. Denmark's Christian Eriksen receives medical treatment after collapsing during the Euro 2020 soccer championship group B match between Denmark and Finland at Parken stadium in Copenhagen on Saturday.
  5. New Rays pitcher Matt Wisler before Saturday's game against the Orioles at Tropicana Field.
  6. University of Tampa shortstop Christian Flint tags out Central Missouri's Alex Madera in a rundown during Saturday's Division II World Series semifinal.
  7. Lightning general manager Julien BriseBois emphasized Saturday that the league investigated their long-term injury requests, and the team had to justify Nikita Kucherov's surgery, the rehab schedule and the timetable for return.
  8. Rich Hill will try to maintain the Rays' unbeaten mark agains the Orioles this season when he takes the mound this afternoon.
  9. Rays starting pitcher Tyler Glasnow reacts after giving up a hit to the Astros' George Springer in the first inning of Game 5 of the American League Division Series.
  10. The Lightning's Brayden Point protects the puck from the Islanders' Scott Mayfield during Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final last season.
  11. Ryan Lochte, pausing after competing in the men's 200-meter freestyle preliminary race at the TYR Pro Swim Series swim meet in April in Mission Viejo, Calif., is seeking to make a record-tying Olympic team.
  12. Oliver Echevarria says he found family, community and understanding in his independent roller derby league, the Tri-County Terrors. His moms, Lisa Gonzalez and Vanessa Gonzalez, are also coaches in the league.
  13. Rays starting pitcher Rich Hill knows there's room for all ages in baseball. And the vets "bring a lot of experience and knowledge to clubs that can’t be really taught. And that’s where I think older players come in for a high value.”
  14. Rays second baseman Brandon Lowe celebrates with teammates after his fourth-inning home run against the Baltimore Orioles Friday at Tropicana Field.
  15. Rowdies forward Sebastian Guenzatti lets out a celebratory cheer after scoring a first-half goal during a 2-1 victory over Loudon United FC Friday night.
  16. Matt Wisler, pictured, will be added to the active roster Saturday, taking the place of lefty Ryan Sherriff, who was optioned to Triple-A.
  17. The University of Tampa's JD Urso slides in safely for UT's first run against Central Missouri in the Division II World Series on Friday.
  18. Rays first base coach Ozzie Timmons, left, and manager Kevin Cash, center, congratulate pitcher Ryan Yarbrough (48) after Yarbrough pitched a complete game Thursday at Yankee Stadium in New York.
  19. Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov (86) raises his stick as he is named the No. 2 star of the game after Tampa Bay's win over Carolina in Game 4 Saturday at Amalie Arena.
  20. St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman, left, and Tampa Bay Rays principal owner Stu Sternberg, right.
  21. USF redshirt junior Riley Hogan has been extra hot during the playoff stretch for the Bulls, who are playing in their first super regional this weekend at perennial power Texas.
  22. Nikita Kucherov has five goals and 13 assists in Tampa Bay's first 11 playoff games since coming back from December hip surgery.
  23. Matt Wisler was designated for assignment Wednesday, having gone 1-2 with a 6.05 ERA in 21 appearances for the Giants.
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