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Amid optimism, U.S.-Cuba relations challenge baseball players

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Yasmany Tomas took his last practice swings, packed his bat and carried his oversized No. 24 duffel bag toward the clubhouse. On the way, a dozen fans waited just outside a fence, calling the 6-foot-2 Cuban slugger’s name, holding out balls and gloves and begging for autographs and selfies. “Where’s the fat guy?” the 24-year-old Tomas asked, suddenly uneasy with the small frenzy. He called again for his interpreter and full-time assistant, Ariel Prieto. “Gordo! Gordo!” he shouted, using the…

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Mitch Perry Report for 4.6.15 — Play ball (a little quicker, please)

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It was a big Easter weekend full of news. The top local story is penned by Caitlin Johnston in the Tampa Bay Times regarding the treatment and working conditions at the Tampa Fire Department. Sort of embarrassing that a majority of the city’s fire stations still lack designated women’s bathrooms and private changing areas. Rolling Stone magazine’s editors are being lambasted in some quarters on the Internet this morning for their response to that independent review on that University of…

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For MLB, the other woman isn’t prettier than the Rays

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The other woman isn’t pretty enough. Not yet, anyway. Still, there is time. If you are a fan of baseball in Tampa Bay, you could not help but notice when Commissioner Rob Manfred flirted a bit this week with Montreal, which is expected to be the other option if things don’t work in Tampa Bay. It is a role that long-time fans of St. Petersburg should know well. After all, we were the ones that baseball dallied with for years.…

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