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October 4, 2011
Colin Thompson, a senior at Archbishop Wood, was selected to play in the Under Armour All-America football game at Tropicana Field in Tampa, Fla. on Jan. 5, 2012. Thompson, a 6-foot-5, 255-pounder who rated the No. 1 tight end in the nation by ESPNU, will receive his game jersey at Archbishop Wood High School on Tuesday.  
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June 11, 2014 | BY MARK PERNER, Daily News Staff Writer pernerm@phillynews.com
THE PHILLIES ARE in an awful slump, have dropped 11 games below .500 and have the worst record in the National League. The Tampa Bay Rays are 24-41 and have the worst record in the majors. So what are the teams doing about it? The Phillies appear to be standing pat, waiting for a hot streak, waiting for their .210, .220 and .230 hitters to catch fire and for their starting pitchers to find the strike zone. The Rays have a different approach, which is nothing new for Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon.
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May 9, 2013 | Associated Press
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Less than 24 hours after J.A. Happ was hit on the head by a line drive and carted off the field, the Toronto Blue Jays pitcher was back at Tropicana Field yesterday. The 30-year-old lefthander said he had a skull fracture behind his left ear that doctors believe will heal on its own, as well as a sore right knee that he tweaked when he dropped to the ground Tuesday night. Otherwise, he felt pretty good after his release from Bayfront Medical Center. He does not have a concussion.
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April 24, 2012 | By Don McKee, Inquirer Columnist
Thousands of fans nationwide suddenly sat up Sunday night during a Twins-Rays game and muttered "Is that the Matt Geiger?" In the top of the eighth, Twins leftfielder Josh Willingham lofted a foul ball toward the seats down the first-base line. Rays first baseman Carlos Pena probably would have caught the ball, when a gigantic, bearded fan stood up and tried to grab it. The fan was Geiger, who missed the ball and wound up grabbing Pena's glove. A few minutes later, he was escorted away by Tropicana Field security.
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October 19, 2008
With the Phillies in the World Series, who wants to watch their prospective opponents battle it out when they can see Steve Harvey rehash some vintage comedy? Technical problems kept last night's American League Championship Series game off the tube until the bottom of the first inning, after Tampa Bay Rays centerfielder B.J. Upton had tied an AL record with his seventh home run in the playoffs to give his team the lead. Cable's TBS, which telecast the game, said two circuit breakers tripped at its Atlanta transmission headquarters, knocking out the master router and its backup, making the network unable to transmit the live feed from Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., across the country.
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October 26, 2008 | By Frank Fitzpatrick INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Tampa Bay Rays' one-year run from baseball's poorest record to the World Series has been widely described as magical. But the real magic in Tampa-St. Petersburg this October may be taking place beyond the range of Fox's cameras. Because the Rays did the unthinkable once, winning the 2008 American League pennant to get to the Series, they may soon get to do it again. The Rays, with their tiny fan base and outmoded, revenue-deprived, domed stadium, weren't supposed to be able to reach the Series.
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October 23, 2008 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Every city's fans react differently to a World Series. In New York, they manage to balance blasé and arrogant. In St. Louis or Milwaukee, they see it as some sort of civic validation. In Philly, we get drunk. Here in Tampa-St. Petersburg, they've apparently confused the event with Smurf Night at the county fair. They ring cowbells and get blue mohawks. I am trying to fathom what might drive a Floridian to get a mohawk, let alone a blue one. Perhaps it's the traffic.
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October 25, 2008 | By Marc Narducci INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Tampa Bay Rays came to Philadelphia yesterday with renewed confidence after Thursday's 4-2 win over the Phillies tied the World Series at one game apiece. The Rays had dropped the opener, 3-2, Wednesday at Tropicana Field. In the American League Championship Series, the Rays also lost the opener at home, 2-0, to Boston. We know how that one turned out. The Rays won the second game in Tampa, 9-8, in 11 innings and took off from there, eventually ousting the Red Sox in seven games to win the ALCS.
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October 21, 2008 | By Marc Narducci INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon wanted to wait another day to announce his starting pitcher for Game 1 of the World Series against the Phillies tomorrow at Tropicana Field. All signs, however point to lefthander Scott Kazmir. "I will set that up [today]," Maddon said yesterday in his Tropicana Field office. "I want to be able to talk to all the guys first, talk among ourselves first and talk to the pitchers. " Kazmir last pitched Thursday in the Rays' 8-7 loss to Boston in Game 5 of the American League Championship Series.
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April 1, 1998 | Daily News Wire Services
It took two decades for Tampa Bay to get a major league team. It will take at least one more day to get a win. Playing like the expansion team they are, the Devil Rays fell flat in their first game, an 11-6 loss to the visiting Detroit Tigers yesterday. "There was a lot going on, but we're not going to make excuses," Tampa Bay's Larry Rothschild said after his debut as a major league manager. "We just got beat. " Joe Randa and Joe Oliver each drove in three runs and Luis Gonzalez hit a two-run homer as the Tigers ruined the day for a sellout crowd of 45,369 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. "This is one of 162. Unfortunately, it was a big one - Opening Day - but the others won't all go like this," said Tampa Bay's Kevin Stocker, the former Phillies shortstop.
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December 20, 2014 | INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
Los Angeles and San Diego have signed off on the blockbuster deal that will send outfielder Matt Kemp from the Dodgers to the Padres, sources told ESPN on Thursday night. The six-player deal will pave the way for the trade that will send Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins to the Dodgers. Zach Eflin, a 20-year-old Padres prospect the Dodgers will receive in the Kemp trade, will go to the Phillies in the Rollins deal. Another Dodgers minor-league pitcher, Tom Windle, is the second piece in the package for Rollins.
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June 11, 2014 | BY MARK PERNER, Daily News Staff Writer pernerm@phillynews.com
THE PHILLIES ARE in an awful slump, have dropped 11 games below .500 and have the worst record in the National League. The Tampa Bay Rays are 24-41 and have the worst record in the majors. So what are the teams doing about it? The Phillies appear to be standing pat, waiting for a hot streak, waiting for their .210, .220 and .230 hitters to catch fire and for their starting pitchers to find the strike zone. The Rays have a different approach, which is nothing new for Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon.
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September 14, 2013 | By Michael Harrington, Inquirer Staff Writer
It may not be the World Series ring he really wants (and still has a kind of outside chance at getting), but the Washington Nationals found a way to give retiring manager Davey Johnson a nice going-away gift: pounding the heck out of those New York Mets. The Nats outhomered the Mets, 13-0, in a four-game sweep capped with a 7-2 win on Thursday afternoon - the 70-year-old Johnson's last game managing in New York. Johnson, who famously led the Mets to the 1986 World Series championship, is stepping down due to an aching back.
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July 2, 2013 | By Michael Harrington, Inquirer Staff Writer
Things got testy at Tampa Bay on Sunday during the Rays' 3-1 win over the Detroit Tigers - and even the real rays that live at Tropicana Field got involved. Both benches were warned by umpire Vic Carapazza after Detroit's Rick Porcello plunked Ben Zobrist in the first inning. It was a spillover from Saturday's 4-3 Rays extra-inning win over the Tigers, in which Detroit slugger Miguel Cabrera yelled at the Tampa Bay dugout after striking out in the 10th inning. Seems he didn't take kindly to a high-and-tight Fernando Rodney fastball.
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June 16, 2013
Tampa Bay righthander Alex Cobb was taken off the field on a stretcher after he was hit on the right ear by a line drive clocked at 102 m.p.h. off the bat of Kansas City's Eric Hosmer in the fifth inning of Saturday's game. Cobb put a hand on his head after being struck, and trainers from both teams and other medical staff ran onto the field. He could be seen kicking his legs while being examined on the mound. Players on both teams had hands on their heads as a stunned silence overtook the crowd at Tropicana Field.
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May 9, 2013 | Daily News Wire Reports
BLUE JAYS pitcher J.A. Happ was hit in the head by a line drive and taken off the field on a stretcher during Toronto's 6-4 win over the host Tampa Bay Rays last night. In a frightening scene at Tropicana Field, Desmond Jennings' second-inning liner caromed squarely off the left side of Happ's head, and the ball went all the way into the bullpen in foul territory halfway down the rightfield line. Happ dropped face down at the front of the mound, holding his head with his glove and bare hand.
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May 9, 2013 | Associated Press
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Less than 24 hours after J.A. Happ was hit on the head by a line drive and carted off the field, the Toronto Blue Jays pitcher was back at Tropicana Field yesterday. The 30-year-old lefthander said he had a skull fracture behind his left ear that doctors believe will heal on its own, as well as a sore right knee that he tweaked when he dropped to the ground Tuesday night. Otherwise, he felt pretty good after his release from Bayfront Medical Center. He does not have a concussion.
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April 24, 2012 | By Don McKee, Inquirer Columnist
Thousands of fans nationwide suddenly sat up Sunday night during a Twins-Rays game and muttered "Is that the Matt Geiger?" In the top of the eighth, Twins leftfielder Josh Willingham lofted a foul ball toward the seats down the first-base line. Rays first baseman Carlos Pena probably would have caught the ball, when a gigantic, bearded fan stood up and tried to grab it. The fan was Geiger, who missed the ball and wound up grabbing Pena's glove. A few minutes later, he was escorted away by Tropicana Field security.
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October 4, 2011
Colin Thompson, a senior at Archbishop Wood, was selected to play in the Under Armour All-America football game at Tropicana Field in Tampa, Fla. on Jan. 5, 2012. Thompson, a 6-foot-5, 255-pounder who rated the No. 1 tight end in the nation by ESPNU, will receive his game jersey at Archbishop Wood High School on Tuesday.  
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October 4, 2011 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Back on the road in the playoffs, the Texas Rangers won again. Colby Lewis outpitched All-Star David Price, Mike Napoli hit a go-ahead, two-run homer and the defending AL champions survived a shaky night from the bullpen to hold off the Tampa Bay Rays last night, 4-3, in Game 3 of their American League Division Series. The Rangers' fourth straight ALDS road win matches the third-longest streak in major league history and gives Texas a 2-1 lead heading into Game 4 today.
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