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Rays improve to 15th in the Bleacher Report power rankings

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A sweep of the Angels and a move above .500 have elevated the Tampa Bay Rays into the 15th spot in the Bleacher Report Power Rankings.

That isn’t as good as the Rays want to be — it’s out of the playoffs, for instance — but it’s an improvement of four spots from a week ago.

Other American League East teams include the Baltimore Orioles (seventh) and Boston Red Sox (eighth). The Yankees are 21st and the Blue Jays 19th. Seattle, the team the Rays open a three-game series against later tonight, are ranked third.

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.

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