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Team USA tells Rays’ pitcher Chris Archer that he isn’t needed

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Thanks. But no thanks. Pretty much, that was the message delivered to Tampa Bay Rays‘ pitcher Chris Archer, who has been told by the USA Team in the World Baseball Classic that won’t be using him in the semifinals or potentially in the finals. Archer threw four innings of hitless baseball in his first game, and he has said he was looking forward to pitching again. But the USA team will go in a different direction. “I don’t know what…

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Rick Kriseman meets with MLB commissioner

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St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman met Thursday with Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred at the commissioner’s office in New York City. Kriseman updated the commissioner on St. Petersburg’s Baseball Forever Campaign and shared the community’s vision for the Tropicana Field site – a vision that includes a new stadium for the Tampa Bay Rays. “I am thankful for Commissioner Manfred’s time and share his desire for the Rays’ success,” Kriseman said. “I am confident that the team’s regional search will…

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Rays announce start times, single-admission doubleheader

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Now, here’s a concept for you. How about twice the Rays for the price? On Saturday, June 10, the Tampa Bay Rays will play the Oakland A’s in a single-admission doubleheader. It will be Major League Baseball’s first scheduled doubleheader since July 16, 2011, when the A’s hosted the Los Angeles Angels, and only the second scheduled doubleheader in the last two decades. The Rays also announced their game times for the upcoming season, which opens on Sunday, April 2,…

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Florida softball league is 87 – many players are even older

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Irwin Abelson runs to catch a softball and puts on his glasses before throwing the ball to second base. Abelson’s arm is strong, and the man in his 80s on the opposing team is out. “My doctor said recently, ‘I’d never guess that you were 91 years old,’” shrugs Abelson, a former life insurance salesman and a player for the Kids & Kubs senior league in St. Petersburg. To be eligible, players must be at least 75 — so it’s…

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Want to see World Series at Wrigley? It will cost thousands

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Fans hoping to see the Cubs play in the World Series for the first time since 1945 are finding a seat could cost them more than what their grandparents paid for their houses. The euphoria from Saturday night’s victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers gave way Monday to the realization that history doesn’t come cheap. Box seats on ticket-selling sites such as StubHub were $50,000 and up, with one seller asking $100,000 for a seat and another asking for just…

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Despite finishing 25 games back, Matt Silverman sees bright spots

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They finished in last place in the AL East. They lost 94 times. They were the second-worst team in baseball. They hit 216 home runs, but 136 of them were solos. And still, Tampa Bay Rays general manager Matt Silverman talked about bright spots. In the Rays’ season-ending news conference Tuesday, Silverman talked about a team he expects to be better in 2017 despite the flaws of this season. “We’re incredibly disappointed,” Silverman said. “The season went south so early,…

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Mets’ Tim Tebow goes through his paces as a baseball player

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The colors – orange and blue – are the same. The state – Florida – is the same. But the cheers? Well, they aren’t what they used to be. Tim Tebow, two days into being a professional baseball player, saw the crowds and media dwindle Tuesday as he went through his drills. He later hit a home run (11:58 a.m.) but, for a day, everything was subdued. “It felt a little more comfortable,’’ Tebow told the dozen or so reporters…

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