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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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Stu Sternberg seems calm despite stadium delays, slow ticket sales

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This day works. Just ask the man in the tan sports jacket walking around the infield. This day works, although so many days of baseball do not. This day works, although individual ticket sales are down, and season ticket sales are down, and sponsorship sales are down. This day works, although much of his team is starting over in a market that seems to have no patience for it. This is Opening Day, after all. This is the day the…

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Howard Troxler: On Jamie Bennett: Nice guy, but he has to grip the reins tight

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This was an unwise marriage, the too-easygoing City Council member running for mayor of St. Petersburg and the wild-card political consultant. Now it’s an ugly divorce. After James Bennett’s campaign got caught handing out tickets to the city’s suite at Tropicana Field for political purposes, Bennett and adviser Peter Schorsch parted ways, blaming each other. In turn, Schorsch went public over the weekend with a laundry list of dirty campaign tricks and violations that he says Bennett knew about. Bennett…

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