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Interpreting the injury news in Tampa Bay sports

Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Mike Evans is out Friday, there’s encouraging signs for a couple Rays pitchers and discouraging news on Brandon Lowe.
Rays infielder Brandon Lowe (8) has halted his injury rehab assignment and headed back to St. Petersburg for re-evaluation. DIRK SHADD   |   Times [DIRK SHADD  |  Times]
Rays infielder Brandon Lowe (8) has halted his injury rehab assignment and headed back to St. Petersburg for re-evaluation. DIRK SHADD | Times [DIRK SHADD | Times]
Published Aug. 22, 2019
Updated Aug. 22, 2019

Today’s topics include:

What does Mike Evans’ injury mean for the Bucs, who close their home preseason schedule out Friday against Cleveland?

The Rays’ walk-off win trend continues with a twist, and there’s good injury news on Yonny Chirinos and Tyler Glasnow, but not Brandon Lowe .

Plus we have the Tampa Bay Times’ college football writer Matt Baker on this weekend’s Florida-Miami matchup, the AP Top 25, what to expect from USF this year.

And the XFL announces the Vipers are the team in Tampa Bay.

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  2. Fans gather in Thunder Alley at Amalie Arena before the start of the 2019-2020 NHL season home opener between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Florida Panthers on Thursday, October 3, 2019, in Tampa.
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