Tampa Bay Rays slugger Yoshi Tsutsugo (center, then to right) Manuel Margot and Randy Arozarena are part of the talent that was assembled in spring training at Port Charlotte in February. [DIRK SHADD  |  Times]
Rays Tales: Depth is a key point of focus, and that was quite clear based on the players optioned out. Plus rumblings.
Mar. 28• Rays
Players and owners agree on pay, service time and draft changes. Also, of note: teams are told to be creative in scheduling.
Mar. 27• Rays
After two decades of dominance, New England sports fans have had quite the rough year, headlined by you know who leaving for you know where.
Mar. 28• Sports
With Tom Brady bailing on New England, we take a look at Tampa Bay’s history with pro teams up north. The baseball battles with Boston never disappoint.
Mar. 27• Rays


  1. Tampa Bay Rays second baseman Brandon Lowe, left, forces Arizona Diamondbacks' Ketel Marte at second and relays the throw to first in time to turn a double play on Wilmer Flores during a game last season at Tropicana Field. [CHRIS O'MEARA  |  AP]
  2. Chris Sale works out during Red Sox spring training in February. He has surgery on the day he turns 31. [JOHN BAZEMORE  |  AP]
  3. New York Mets' Pete Alonso, a Tampa Bay native, is enjoying the great outdoors while on a break from baseball due to the current pandemic. [ADAM HUNGER  |  AP]
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  5. Ray Morris, the Pirates' director of Florida operations, readies the order at Demetrios’ Pizza House. [Courtesy Bradenton Marauders]
  6. Jim Edmonds of the St. Louis Cardinals hits a three-run double against the Milwaukee Brewers on April 12, 2006, at Busch Stadium. [ELSA/GETTY IMAGES  |  AFP/Getty Images]
  7. Tampa Bay Rays slugger Yoshi Tsutsugo (center, then to right) Manuel Margot and Randy Arozarena are part of the talent that was assembled in spring training at Port Charlotte in February. [DIRK SHADD  |  Times]
  8. In this Aug. 10, 2019, file photo, Boston Red Sox's Mookie Betts hits an RBI double during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels in Boston. [MICHAEL DWYER  |  AP]
  9. Tampa Bay Rays pitcher James Shields, right, takes a swing at Boston Red Sox's Coco Crisp after Crisp was hit by a pitch and charged the mound in the second inning of a June 5, 2008, game in Boston. [MICHAEL DWYER  |  Associated Press]
  10. Jon Jenney sits alone while working in the VIP area overlooking pit lane during the opening day of the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. The event was canceled. [DIRK SHADD  |  Times]
  11. Is it possible that when play resumes in Major League Baseball, players like the Yankees' Aaron Judge may temporarily call places like the Trop home? [Times]
  12. This image provided by Fanatics, shows a protective mask for medical professionals made from the fabric of a baseball uniform. Fanatics, the company that manufactures uniforms for Major League Baseball in Pennsylvania, has suspended production on jerseys and is instead using the polyester mesh fabric to make masks and gowns that help fill the dearth of protective wear at hospitals in Pennsylvania and nearby states. [FANATICS  |  AP]
  1. In this 2017 file photo, Esteban Quiroz runs after hitting a home run during a World Baseball Classic game between Mexico and Venezuela at the Charros de Jalisco Stadium in Guadalajara, Mexico. [JOSE MENDEZ  |]
  2. The opening day bunting was hanging from the mezzanines at Tropicana Field on Thursday, but there was no reason for first base to be hammered into the clay with the baseball season indefinitely postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. [JOHN ROMANO  |  Times]
  3. In this May 17, 1970, file photo, Atlanta Braves' Hank Aaron, center, who became the ninth player in Major League history to get 3,000 hits, kisses a baseball alongside Hall of Famer Stan Musial and Braves owner Bill Bartholomay, in Cincinnati. Bartholomay, the former Braves owner who moved the team from Milwaukee to Atlanta in 1966, died Wednesday, March 25, 2020, at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, according to his daughter, Jamie. He was 91. [GENE SMITH  |  AP]
  4. Tampa Bay Rays manager Kevin Cash has a found a reason to smile today even without the Rays playing their season opener. [OCTAVIO JONES  |  Times]
  5. The Rays' Brendan McKay (49) delivers a pitch in the sixth inning against the Houston Astros in Game 3 of the American League Division Series last October. [DIRK SHADD  |  Times]
  6. New York Yankees rightfielder Aaron Judge waits in the on-deck circle before his at-bat against the Rays at Tropicana Field on Sept. 24, 2019. [DIRK SHADD  |  Times]
  7. An empty Tropicana Field will be all the greets passers-by on what should have been Major League Baseball's opening day. [SCOTT KEELER  |  Times]
  8. Hand sanitizer is among the items the Rays are accepting during this weekend's collection drive for medical workers.
  9. A look at the Rays lineup for the Strat-O-Matic Windows game that will be used to simulate the 2020 season. [Courtesy Strat-O-Matic]
  10. Yoshi Tsutsugo is believed to be the first Japanese major-leaguer to head home since the delay to the season was announced. [DIRK SHADD  |  Times]
  11. Before the season was delayed indefinitely, Charlie Morton seemed poised to be the opening day starter for the Rays. [OCTAVIO JONES  |  Times]
  12. Tampa Bay Rays manager Kevin Cash on the current baseball delay: “We’ve asked the guys to be very responsible with the understanding that missing out on a week of workouts is really not that big of a deal." [OCTAVIO JONES  |  Times]