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Rays starting pitcher Jeffrey Springs delivers to a Boston Red Sox batter during the second inning of Tuesday's game at Fenway Park.
The lefty starter, who had been away from the team as his 5-month-old son was hospitalized, worked four solid innings.
The Boston pitcher claimed he was yelling at himself, not the Tampa Bay batter who had just doubled twice.
Sergachev is coming off his best season and continues to grow. Now, he will slot in right behind Victor Hedman on the left side.
To his teammates, there is no question. And the numbers certainly back up his candidacy.

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  1. Miami's Warren Sapp, left, Florida State's Derrick Brooks, center, and Florida's Danny Wuerffel, right, were among the superstars who played for the Big Three in the state's glory days. [AP Photo/Jeffrey Boan (1995); Times files (1994); Times files (1997)]
  2. Red Sox Christian Vasquez restrains the Rays' Yandy Diaz as he approaches the mound after a close pitch from Nick Pivetta Tuesday at Fenway Park.
  3. Rays starting pitcher Jeffrey Springs delivers to a Boston Red Sox batter during the second inning of Tuesday's game at Fenway Park.
  4. The National Indoor Soccer League announced Tuesday in a news release that an expansion team will be coming to Tampa in December. Details, including the name of the team, will be announced at a news conference Monday at Yuengling Center in Tampa.
  5. Mike Grier, middle, poses for photos as he is introduced as the new general manager of the San Jose Sharks between assistant general manager Joe Will, left, and president Jonathan Becher at a news conference Tuesday in San Jose, Calif.
  6. Left-handed pitcher Jeffrey Springs is set to return to action for the Rays tonight against the Red Sox in Boston.
  7. Craig Ridenhour, 51, of Tampa, pauses during a swim last month at Esporta Fitness in Tampa. “I know that mental health is a major issue, it’s always been a silent issue, and I’ve had people in my own life that have mental health issues," Ridenhour said, "so I thought (Stop Soldier Suicide) was a great cause."
  8. With Ryan McDonagh gone, Mikhail Sergachev (98) will slot in right behind Victor Hedman among Lightning left-side defensemen.
  9. Three of the nation's most prominent preseason magazines project USF coach Jeff Scott's team to improve in 2022, but only modestly.
  10. Rays pitcher Shane McClanahan, pictured signing autographs for fans before a game against the Milwaukee Brewers last week at Tropicana Field, has a strong case to start the All-Star Game: a 9-3 record, 1.74 ERA and a major league-leading 133 strikeouts in 98-1/3 innings this season.
  11. Former USF basketball star Tony Grier (standing) directed and produced a documentary about musician Bobby Brooks Wilson (sitting). The documentary is called "The Last Teardrop."
  12. Chicago White Sox manager Tony La Russa left, and his coaches bow their heads during a moment of silence before a game against the Minnesota Twins Monday at Guaranteed Rate Field for the victims of a Fourth of July parade shooting in nearby Highland Park, Ill.
  13. Rays relief pitcher Josh Fleming delivers during the third inning of Monday's game against the Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston.
  14. Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Austin Davis delivers to a Rays batter during the first inning of Monday's game at Fenway Park.
  15. WNBA star and two-time Olympic gold medalist Brittney Griner is escorted to a courtroom for a hearing Friday in Khimki just outside Moscow, Russia.
  16. Lightning center Anthony Cirelli (71) scores against Avalanche goaltender Darcy Kuemper (35) during Game 3 of the Stanley Cup final last month in Tampa. Cirelli can become a restricted free agent after the 2022-23 season.
  17. Joey Chestnut and Miki Sudo pose with 63 and 40 hot dogs, respectively, after winning the Nathan's Famous Fourth of July hot dog eating contest Monday in Coney Island in New York.
  18. Left-hander Josh Fleming, pictured, was called up from Triple-A Durham and is likely to work multiple innings today behind opener Jalen Beeks.
  19. Tampa Bay United forward Kiley Williams, second from right, gets a playful nod of respect from her younger teammates during introductions before a recent game against FC Miami.
  20. John Harris, who is an auctioneer, shows boxing memorabilia once owned by late founder of the Florida Boxing Hall of Fame Butch Flansburg at Alessi Ringside Gym and Fitness in Tampa.
  21. Sam Allen, whose family has been in the shuffleboard business since 1941, at Allen R. Shuffleboard Co. Inc. in Seminole in 2013.
  22. Rays reliever Cristofer Ogando, 28, finally made his major-league debut, pitching two innings Sunday in Toronto.
  23. The Rays' Harold Ramirez runs the bases after hitting a two-run home run, also scoring Wander Franco, in the fifth inning Sunday at Toronto.
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