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Signing of DeSean Jackson puts Tampa Bay Bucs in NFL’s top half

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How much did the free-agent signing of DeSean Jackson help the Tampa Bay Bucs? Well, according to Bleacher Report, it vaulted them into the top half of the league. Bleacher Report did its latest power-rankings Friday, and the Bucs came in at No. 13. Not bad, when you consider that Super Bowl runner-up Atlanta was No. 12. “There are free-agent signings I really like. And there are free-agent signings I absolutely love,” wrote Chris Simms, the former Bucs’ quarterback. New…

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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.…

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Rays ranked only 19th after a month of baseball season

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The Tampa Bay Rays are going to need a few more digits on their foam fingers. Like, um, 18 more. According to Bleacher Report‘s power rankings, the Rays are the 19th-best team in baseball. The Rays, like always, are built around their pitching, which is fourth in the AL with a 3.37 ERA and a 1.074 WHIP and .221 opponent’s batting average. The Rays, who play under manager Kevin Cash, have been struggling to hit, however, with a .224 average. The…

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Tampa Bay Bucs bring up the rear in NFL’s Week 2 power rankings

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Last. You probably saw it coming. Thirty-second. And who can blame them? The caboose. And where else would you place Lovie Smith’s Tampa Bay Bucs? The Bucs, who lost 42-14 to a Tennessee team that was 2-14 a year ago, are the last-place team in the Pro Football Talk power ratings this week. The ranking was accompanied by a single sentence: “Maybe the Bucs should add a ‘no blocking’ and ‘no tackling’ clause to the ‘no baseball’ provision in Jameis…

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