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Evan Longoria, Shane Peterson lead Rays rout of Orioles

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Evan Longoria and Shane Peterson drove in four runs apiece to back the pitching of Chris Archer and lead the surging Tampa Bay Rays to a 15-5 victory over the struggling Baltimore Orioles on Friday night. Peterson and Derek Norris hit two-run homers off Ubaldo Jimenez (2-3) as Orioles pitchers allowed at least five runs for the 20th consecutive game, tying a major league record set by the 1924 Philadelphia Phillies. Longoria had a two-run single during Tampa Bay’s four-run…

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Rays part of American League’s parade of “parity”

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The late Pete Rozelle was known to strive for “parity” during his days as NFL Commissioner. Perhaps the first 26 games of the Buccaneers’ franchise, when they went 0-26, influenced his mindset. Rozelle and the NFL tweaked schedules to help more teams reach 8-8 and make it harder for teams to regularly go 14-2. While the elite teams mostly remained elite for a reason, the end result saw most teams in the playoff hunt as the seasons reached their final…

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Former baseball player screwed out of millions now suing lawyer who botched claim against broker

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After losing millions of dollars through bad investments, a struggling former major league baseball player is suing the lawyer who he says screwed up the claim against his broker. Clearwater resident Robert Person is a 47-year-old former professional baseball player who pitched for four Major League teams from 1995-2003, with a career won-loss record of 51-42 and a 4.64 ERA. During his career, Person earned nearly $12 million, including $6.25-million in 2002 from the Philadelphia Phillies. Person’s agent introduced him…

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Florida’s diversity includes loyalties to sports teams

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According to a recent poll, a plurality of Floridians back U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio. Not his candidacy for president, but his allegiance to the University of Florida Gators. Rubio made headlines when he jokingly categorized Florida State as a fallback school for those not gaining entry into UF. Florida State backers, including President John Thrasher, were quick to respond. The PPP Poll revealed that 23 percent of those responding are loyal to the Gators, while 18 percent identified the Seminoles…

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Door to Cooperstown closing on Pete Rose

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Pete Rose was back in the news this week for the wrong reasons. Banned for life in 1988 for betting on baseball, Rose first denied the accusations entirely, before finally backing off that stance. It took 15 years to finally admit to ABC’s Charlie Gibson that he bet on baseball and his Cincinnati Reds team while he was their manager. Rule 21, posted in professional baseball clubhouses, is baseball’s foremost rule that promises a lifetime ban for gambling on the…

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Florida Spring Training hits grand slam in 2015

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Spring training baseball has been very, very good to Florida this year. Attendance numbers released today for the 33-day Florida Spring Training season saw an 8.1 percent increase in total attendance in 2015, with each of the 15 teams surpassing the 2014 season. Total attendance for the 2015 season was 1,587,463. “Florida’s tourism industry creates jobs and opportunities for millions of Florida families,” Gov. Rick Scott said in a statement. “Which is why we worked with the Legislature in 2013…

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