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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 fall to Yankees; lose back-to-back games for the first time this season

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The Tampa Bay Rays are suffering their first losing streak of the season. The Rays fell to 5-4 and to third place in the AL East, losing an 8-4 decision to the New York Yankees. In back-to-back games, the Rays have given up 16 runs. The Rays were particularly sloppy Wednesday, blowing a 3-0 lead, committing two errors and having two runners thrown out trying to stretch singles into doubles. Rays’ starter Blake Snell went only 4 2/3 innings, allowing…

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Bucs announce latest phase of Raymond James improvements

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The Tampa Bay Bucs are building off of the field, too. The Bucs announced another phase of improvements to Raymond James Stadium, including a redesigned West Stadium Club, a new team retail store, expansion of the Hall of Fame Club, and a new home team locker room. “These are exciting times for our organization, both on and off the field,” said Buccaneers Chief Operating Officer Brian Ford. “The redesigned West Stadium Club will be a game-changer for our fans that…

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Yankees’ Michael Pineda tames Rays back in their first road loss of year

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This time, the Tampa Bay Rays ran into the good Michael Pineda. In their first road game of the year, Pineda was a stop sign. He flirted with a perfect game, sitting down the Rays’ first 20 batters en route to a two-hitter in an 8-1 win by the New York Yankees. He struck out 11. You can hardly blame the Rays if they failed to recognize Pineda as the inconsistent pitcher who lasted only eight batters against Tampa Bay…

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Lightning finish their season with a win, but must watch the playoffs

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The Tampa Bay Lightning barely missed the playoffs. In some ways, that makes it more difficult. The Lightning wrapped up their regular season Sunday evening, beating the Buffalo Sabres 4-2. That left the team with 94 points, one behind both Toronto and Boston. Brayden Point scored two goals in the finale. Defensemen Victor Hedman and Braydon Coburn also scored for Tampa Bay. “It’s hard to digest right now because it’s been less than 24 hours since we’ve known that we…

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Red-hot Rays finish first home streak of the season at 5-2 with win over Blue Jays

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The Tampa Bay Rays have started the 2017 baseball season as if they were trying to make you reconsider. The Rays, last in the American League East a year ago, ran their record to a franchise-best 5-2 start to a season Sunday with a 7-2 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays. The Rays are currently in second place in the AL East, a half-game behind Baltimore. This time, the Rays competed hard enough that their angst showed a couple of…

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Rays beat Blue Jays in extra innings behind Mallex Smith’s big night

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For a moment, it appeared that the strategy had worked. It hadn’t. For a moment, it appeared that the Toronto Blue Jays could get out of the jam. They couldn’t. The Tampa Bay Rays won another close one Saturday night, edging the Blue Jays in 11 innings. And the catalyst to it all was a speedy outfielder who had a career night. Mallex Smith reached base five times, on two hits and three walks. He hit a double and scored…

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Rowdies keep winning formula going with third straight win

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To sum up, ditto. For the third straight game, the Tampa Bay Rowdies got a goal from Georgi Hristov. For the third straight game, the Rowdies got a clean sheet from Akira Fitzgerald. And for the third straight game, the Rowdies won a game at Al Lang Stadium. This time, the Rowdies stopped  the Ottawa Fury FC in a 1-0 game. The Rowdies have now collected nine points in their three home games to key one of their fastest starts. “You…

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