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Rays hope to get pitcher Drew Smyly back in the rotation soon

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For the Tampa Bay Rays, there are more reasons to keep smiling.

Not only is the team on a winning streak and an offensive resurgence, one of their pitchers might return. Drew Smyly, out for most of the season with a torn labrum, could come back Sunday.

Smyly, one of the better pieces the Rays received in last summer’s David Price trade, had a 2.70 ERA in three starts this year. In all, he has a 1.96 since coming over from Detroit. The Rays will have to hope that Smyly does not need the kind of time to return to form that, say, Matt Moore has needed this year.

The Rays are 4½ games behind streaking Toronto in the AL East.

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

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