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Commissioner Rob Manfred says Tampa Bay important to baseball

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Just before the Tampa Bay Rays started a new season here, baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred suggested there will be several more. “This is a market that is very important to Major League Baseball,” Manfred said. “We have a great owner and ownership group here in Tampa Bay. We look forward to great success in this market going forward.” At a time the Rays are searching for a new stadium, perhaps you thought it was time for threats and deadlines. But…

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Tampa Bay Rays announce preseason game against Cubans

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After months of ironing out the details, the Tampa Bay Rays are headed to Cuba. The Rays will play a game March 22 against the Cuba National team in Havana’s Estadio Latinamericano. The game will coincide with a trip by President Barrack Obama to the island. It will be the first game in Cuba by an American team since the Baltimore Orioles played the Cuban National team in 1999. MLB not only seeks to play a symbolic role in the…

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Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred talks expansion, which could help Rays

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Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred suggested the possibility of expansion Tuesday, which might help the politicians of St. Petersburg and Tampa hold onto the Tampa Bay Rays. If baseball were to expand for the first time since 1998, it would  take two of the better cities out of any possible competition for the Rays. Of course, if you are a suspicious sort, you might wonder if this was simply a way for the authorities of baseball to look more closely at…

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