Monday, November 19, 2018


Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Marc Topkin has covered baseball for the Times since 1987 — from the lengthy effort to secure a team, to the awarding of the Tampa Bay franchise in 1995, and through each of the Rays seasons starting in 1998. He has traveled throughout the United States with the team, as well as to Canada, Venezuela, Mexico and Japan, and has covered All-Star Games and the World Series, as well as Super Bowls and the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece.

RHP Jake Faria and Jessica were married on Saturday in California. [Twitter photo]

Rays weekend transactions: A Faria wedding, a Schultz baby

Some Rays were busy off the field in the last week, with RHP Jake Faria getting married and RHP Jaime Schultz becoming a dad.Faria and longtime girlfriend Jessica Soto got married over the weekend in California.
Updated: 13 minutes ago
RHP Chih-Wei Hu made his debut last season. [Times files]

Rays start roster shuffle, trade Chih-Wei Hu to Indians

Seeking to open spots on the 40-man roster for four-six prospects in advance of a Tuesday deadline, the Rays traded RHP Chih-Wei Hu to the Indians today.The return was minor league INF Gionti Turner, an 18-year-old who was a ...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Chris Archer (22) and  starting pitcher Blake Snell (4) talk during the second inning of the game against the Texas Rangers at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla on April 18, 2018.

Rays Tales: Does Blake Snellís Cy Young salvage the 2011 draft?

For all the misses the Rays had in the 2011 draft, Snell has been a pretty big hit. Is that enough?
Published: 11/17/18
Joe Maddon at the 2017 Thanksmas event in Tampa. [OCTAVIO JONES | Times]

Cubs/ex-Rays manager Joe Maddon again helping Tampa Bay area homeless with Thanksmas events

Maddon and his Respect 90 Foundation will provide PDQ meals, backpacks and socks at several area centers.
Published: 11/15/18
Updated: 11/16/18
Rays pitcher Blake Snell, left, talks with pitching coach Kyle Snyder in the dugout during a game against the Indians in September. [CHRIS URSO l Times]

Rays Cy Young winner Blake Snell shares a secret to his success

Blake Snell had special thanks for Kyle Snyder, who has been his pitching coach and confidant at several levels.
Published: 11/15/18
The scene at Blake Snell's house upon announcement of the award. (MLB Network]

What theyíre saying about Rays Blake Snell winning the AL Cy Young award

Here was the scene at Blake Snell's house in Seattle when they got news of his victory:The moment @snellzilla4 and...
Published: 11/15/18
Rays starter Blake Snell pitches in the first inning against the White Sox on Aug. 4, 2018. (JIM DAMASKE   |   Times)

10 things about Rays Blake Snellís Cy Young winning season

LHP Blake Snell accomplished a lot in his remarkable 2018 breakout season. And wining the American League Cy Young award on Wednesday added to that list:* He became the second Ray win the most prestigious pitching award,...
Published: 11/15/18
That Kate Upton tweet you’ve been waiting for on Blake Snell winning AL Cy Young award

That Kate Upton tweet youíve been waiting for on Blake Snell winning AL Cy Young award

Model/actress Kate Upton had plenty to say in 2016 when then fiance Justin Verlander missed out on winning the AL Cy Young award due in part to the votes of the two Tampa Bay writers, posting an extraordinarily profane, and extremely memorable,...
Published: 11/14/18
Updated: 11/15/18
Blake Snell (4) laughs in the dugout during a game against the Toronto Blue Jays in September at Tropicana Field. [MONICA HERNDON   |   Times]

Raysí Blake Snell wins AL Cy Young award

ST. PETERSBURG – Blake Snell first started thinking about it at the end of last season, then more as spring training drew near. He shared first with teammate Chris Archer on the phone, then later with Rays pitching coach Kyle Snyder over...
Published: 11/14/18
Jared Sandberg, pictured at the All-Star Futures Game, returns as manager of the Durham Bulls. [Times files]

Rays coaching update: Linares may be in, Sandberg in talks

The Rays are closing in on hiring a third-base coach, with longtime Astros minor-league coach/manager Rodney Linares the leading candidate.Discussions remaining ongoing to fill the other opening on the staff for a major-league field...
Published: 11/14/18