Marc Topkin, Rays Reporter

Marc Topkin

Rays Reporter

If there's something in Tampa Bay Rays history you're interested in, there's a good chance I was there for it. First pitch, Wade Boggs' 3,000th hit, the 2008 ALCS clincher and World Series experience, Evan Longoria's Game 162 walkoff, the 2018 advent of the opener, and plenty more. That's the benefit of having covered the franchise from day one (actually even before) and for all 21 seasons, as well as other baseball matters locally and nationally since joining the Times in 1983 from Drake University. Obviously, I've enjoyed the ride and am happy to share the details with you on all platforms. I’ve also had the privilege of covering Super Bowls, Olympics and college bowl games, but, pssst, baseball has always been my first love.

Rays vs. Mariners lineups for Tuesday, looking to bounce back

Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Jalen Beeks works against a San Diego Padres batter during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019, in San Diego. [GREGORY BULL | Associated Press] Gregory Bull, Gregory Bull  |  AP
After an ugly loss on Monday, Rays are counting on Jalen Beeks tonight in game two of the series vs. Seattle.

With Brendan McKay sent down, what’s next for Rays?

Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Brendan McKay (49) delivers from the mound against the Seattle Mariners during first inning action at Tropicana Field on Monday, Aug. 19, 2019 in St. Petersburg. DIRK SHADD   |   Times DIRK SHADD   |   Times  |  Tampa Bay Times
Hoby Milner is coming up to add a funky arm to bullpen. Expect Austin Pruitt to take McKay’s turn in the rotation.

Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Rays 9-3 loss to Mariners

Tampa Bay Rays infielder Michael Brosseau (43) gets all three Seattle Mariners hitters out as he pitches during the ninth inning at Tropicana Field on Monday, Aug. 19, 2019 in St. Petersburg. [DIRK SHADD   |   Times ] DIRK SHADD   |   Times  |  Tampa Bay Times
On Brosseau’s dandy moundwork, Pham and Meadows providing some spark, Broxton’s appeal to a higher authority.

Rays lose ugly to Mariners 9-3; Brendan McKay sent back to minors

Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Brendan McKay (49) looks on from the mound after walking the first two Seattle Mariners hitters during the first inning at Tropicana Field on Monday, Aug. 19, 2019 in St. Petersburg. McKay  went on to give up a three run homer to the next hitter Mariners Tom Murphy (2). DIRK SHADD   |   Times
The Rays were hoping for better from the rookie lefty but he lasted only two innings, allowing seven runs (three earned).

Rays have a plan to get Tyler Glasnow back on the mound sooner in September

Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Tyler Glasnow is getting closer to be able to do more than just watching, as he was at Tropicana Field on Monday, Aug. 19, 2019 in St. Petersburg. [ DIRK SHADD   |   Times ]SLUG_shad_01_5d4ae50046e0fb00016aa815421852_shad_0_sp_Rays082019
Meanwhile, Brandon Lowe and Joey Wendle moved their rehab to Durham as they get closer to returning to action.