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Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit garysheltonsports@gmail.com.

Rays return to the Trop, win solid outing against the Detroit Tigers

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Dome, sweet Dome. The Tampa Bay Rays enjoyed their return to Tropicana Field Tuesday night, beating the Detroit Tigers 5-1 in a solid victory. The Rays had spent the previous seven games on the road, losing six of them, before the victory Tuesday. How good was it? It was so good that shortstop Tim Beckham, one of the team’s punching bags by the fans, had a two-run homer and a single and played solid shortstop for the Rays. Catcher Derek…

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Bucs prepared to absorb ‘Hard Knocks’ during training camp

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The Tampa Bay Bucs have scheduled a press conference for Wednesday, and the reports are growing that the team has been selected to participate in HBO’s Hard Knocks show. The show, which has often been described as a distraction, will present a new challenge for Tampa Bay. “I’ve said it before, I feel good about our team and the maturity, especially for being a young group,” general manager Jason Licht said Monday. “I know we have some great personalities on…

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Bucs’ G.M. Jason Licht certain his team can get help at No. 19

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If the Tampa Bay Bucs have taken controversial running back Joe Mixon off of their draft board, general manager Jason Licht isn’t saying. While a few teams have already stated they weren’t interested in Mixon, the running back from Oklahoma who committed assault on a woman three years ago, Licht prefers not to say. The Bucs did have Mixon in for a visit, which Licht says was “valuable.” Licht, addressing the media Monday in his pre-draft press conference, said he…

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Rays lose their sixth of the last seven games after big error

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The Tampa Bay Rays can’t wait to get home. The Rays limped through the final game of their homestand, losing six of the seven games to ruin a good start. The Rays lost to the Boston Red Sox 4-2 Saturday with a familiar pattern: A good start, loose defense, a lost chance at a comeback and too many strikeouts. Tampa Bay started out the season 5-2, but in six of the seven games since, the Rays have had at least…

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Tampa Bay Rays whiff again in 7-5 defeat by the Boston Red Sox

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Once again, the Tampa Bay Rays are striking out on the road. Literally. The Rays lost their fifth game in their last six tries Sunday, falling 7-5 to the Boston Red Sox. The Rays have also struck out at least 11 times in five of those six games. It’s been a nagging problem for the Rays, who lead the major leagues in strikeouts with 139. This time, it was a particular challenge in the eighth inning, when Kevin Kiermaier singled…

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Rowdies lose first game of the season, 2-1, in trip to Louisville

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The Tampa Bay Rowdies took to the road for the first time this season. Unfortunately, they didn’t take Al Lang Stadium with them. After three straight wins at home, the Rowdies fell 2-1 to Louisville Saturday night. Louisville, 3-0-1, took over first place in the USL’s Eastern Division. The Rowdies fell into a tie for third, one point out. “It was a tough match, in a very tight pitch,” said Rowdies’ coach Stuart Campbell. “We knew it was going to…

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Rays lose pitcher Jake Odorizzi to hamstring injury in loss to Red Sox

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The Tampa Bay Rays managed to scrape together a pretty good pitching game Saturday. The hitting? Not so much. The Rays dropped a 2-1 loss to the Boston Red Sox, falling back to even on the season. The Rays were forced to piece together the efforts of five pitchers after starter Jake Odorizzi left in the second inning with a tight hamstring. Boston’s Chris Sale, meanwhile, was dominant. He struck out 12 in seven innings and allowed only three hits…

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