Eduardo A. Encina, Bucs and Pro Sports Enterprise Reporter

Eduardo A. Encina

Bucs and Pro Sports Enterprise Reporter

I’m back for my second stint at the Tampa Bay Times. You may recognize my byline from back in the day when I covered the Rays, Lightning and high school sports. After seven years working in my hometown of Baltimore as the lead Orioles writer at The Baltimore Sun, I’m back covering the Bucs and providing pro sports enterprise. If you have a story idea, email me, tweet me or send me a three-eyed raven. When I’m not working, I’m likely outside hiking (preferably out of cell-phone range), getting charged by a mountain goat, Instagramming my food, plotting my second career as an astronaut or taking hacks at the nearest indoor batting cage.

Need for speed: Variety of roles may be open to Bucs rookie Scotty Miller

Bucs wide receivers Scotty Miller (10), Anthony Johnson (81) and Spencer Schnell (83) rest between drills during workouts on Tuesday. (MONICA HERNDON  |  Times)
The sixth-round pick was on Tampa Bay's radar early and could be valuable in many ways.

Bucs journal: Bruce Arians' two-field strategy a go even with the rain

Bucs coach Bruce Arians, defensive coordinator Todd Bowles and general manager Jason Licht talk during organized team activities on Tuesday. (MONICA HERNDON | Times)
Despite being forced indoors, the Bucs still put plenty of players on tape on the first day of full-squad practices.

As Bucs open full-squad offseason practices, Bruce Arians sits cornerback Vernon Hargreaves

Bucs head coach Bruce Arians watches drills during the Bucs' organized team activities Tuesday in Tampa. [MONICA HERNDON   |   Times]
After an offseason of compliments, former Wharton and Florida standout watches practice from the sideline as Arians offers cryptic explanation.

Rays right-hander Charlie Morton balks at all of his walks

The Rays' Charlie Morton pitches during the first inning of a game against the Red Sox in Boston on April 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
Morton has pitched well, but would like to improve on a career-high 11.4 walk rate in tonight’s start against Miami.

Donovan Smith's nephew drives him to help raise autism awareness

Since 2015, left tackle Donovan Smith has played in more games than any other Bucs player. [Times]
Beyond saying the occasional goodbye, 10-year-old Aiden Thomas can't speak. But he’s an inspiration to all those around him.