Rays shortstop Wander Franco and centerfielder Jose Siri celebrate after beating the Blue Jays at Tropicana Field on May 24.
Players and staff feel confident this season is about more than a hot start; some national experts still have questions.
Notebook | With a doubleheader Saturday and pitching plans uncertain, a long outing from the starter would be a boost.
The SEC remains open to possibly playing more conference games in the future.
John Romano | The Rays are off to their best start in franchise history, so why do you still have a nervous twitch? Because the AL East has a historically stacked lineup of good teams.


  1. Rays pitcher Tyler Glasnow had a lighter workload in his first game back last Saturday.
  2. SEC commissioner Greg Sankey briefs reporters during the SEC spring meetings in Destin.
  3. Rays shortstop Wander Franco and centerfielder Jose Siri celebrate after beating the Blue Jays at Tropicana Field on May 24.
  4. Fans celebrate with Washington quarterback Michael Penix Jr., center, after his team's 39-28 win against then-No. 11 Michigan State last September.
  5. Tampa Bay shortstop Wander Franco (5) and center fielder Jose Siri (22) have had plenty of reasons to celebrate through the first two months of the 2023 season, but the hard stuff is still ahead for the Rays in the ridiculously stacked American League East.
  6. Florida Gators coach Billy Napier understands the expectations and pressure in Gainesville.
  7. The Gators' Ben Hill Griffin Stadium (commonly called The Swamp) is due for a major renovation.
  8. Florida's Fred Biondi, center, celebrates with teammates after winning his match Wednesday in Scottsdale, Ariz., giving the Gators their fifth men's golf national championship.
  9. Rays starting pitcher Zach Eflin throws during the first inning of Wednesday's game against the Cubs at Wrigley Field in Chicago. The Rays won, 4-3.
  10. Rays outfielder Jose Siri reacts at home plate in front of Chicago Cubs Tucker Barnhart (18) after his home run during the eighth inning of Wednesday's game in Chicago.
  11. Bucs offensive coordinator Dave Canales, left, talks with quarterbacks coach Thad Lewis, right, on the field during rookie minicamp last month at AdventHealth Training Center in Tampa.
  12. Miami Heat forward Caleb Martin (16) drives to the basket against Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart (36) during Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals Saturday in Miami.
  13. Florida Panthers center Aleksander Barkov, left and left wing Matthew Tkachuk, right, hold up the Prince of Wales trophy after the Panthers defeated the Carolina Hurricanes in the Eastern Conference final.
  14. The last round of SEC expansion and conference realignment sent Texas and Oklahoma from the Big 12. Those two schools are set to formally join the SEC in July 2024.
  15. Rays starter Shane McClanahan was mostly solid over 5 2/3 innings Tuesday against the Cubs, but gave up a home run on his first pitch, and later watched an outfield miscue lead to the go-ahead run.
  16. SEC football scheduling remains an ongoing topic of discussion, even if the coaches don't have all the information they want.
  17. Rays relief pitcher Pete Fairbanks' latest injury list stint should be another short one.
  18. Bucs quarterback Baker Mayfield, who got first reps with the starting offense on Tuesday, hands off to running back Rachaad White while participating in organized team activities.
  19. Alabama football coach Nick Saban will go against USF at Raymond James Stadium this year.
  20. A pass is just out of reach for Bucs wide receiver Mike Evans during the fourth quarter of the NFC Wild-Card Game against the Cowboys on Jan. 16.
  21. Rays catcher Francisco Mejia, left, and relief pitcher Jason Adam celebrate after closing out the Dodgers on Sunday.
  22. Since leaving his Lightning teammates like Mikhail Sergachev behind, Panthers center Carter Verhaeghe (23) has become one of the more productive forwards in the NHL with 84 goals and a plus-58 rating the past three seasons.
  23. Cubs starting pitcher Marcus Stroman throws up his hands after pitching an entire baseball game against the Rays on Monday in Chicago.
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