Patriots, Rays, SF Giants Petition Supreme Court To Back Gay Marriage

Three sport teams are among the 379 large companies to join an amicus brief urging the Supreme Court to strike down state bans on same-sex marriage, claiming the laws negatively affect their ability to do business. » 3/06/15 9:15am 3/06/15 9:15am

The Bizarre Spring Training Injuries Are Out In Full Force

The greatest spring training tradition—baseball players injuring themselves in weird-ass ways—has arrived early this year. First Michael Saunders stepped on a sprinkler head and tore the meniscus in his knee, and now Tampa Bay Rays reliever Ronald Belisario has fractured his (non-throwing) shoulder while getting out… » 2/28/15 12:44pm 2/28/15 12:44pm

Taxpayers, Fans Winners As St. Petersburg Rejects Rays Stadium Deal

St. Petersburg's city council rejected an agreement with the Tampa Bay Rays that would have allowed the team to seek new stadium sites while providing the MLB franchise an out from its lease with the city that locks them into Tropicana Field through 2027. » 12/19/14 11:16am 12/19/14 11:16am

Report: Buccaneers Employ Indentured Servants As Concessions Workers

In a system labor experts are calling "outrageous," the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are among several professional sports teams a Tampa Bay Times investigation found employ unpaid, destitute people to sell peanuts and beer to fans at the stadium. » 11/30/14 11:15am 11/30/14 11:15am

That Time Joe Maddon Parked His Classic Car In A Handicapped Spot

In Boston, when the manager leaves under contentious circumstances, they smear him by accusing him of being addicted to painkillers. In laid-back St. Pete, they find an old photo of the manager parked in a handicapped spot. » 10/31/14 5:33pm 10/31/14 5:33pm

Joe Maddon Leaves The Rays

So: this is big and intriguing news! Joe Maddon, the Rays' manager since 2006, is quitting effective immediately. That's per Buster Olney, and later confirmed by the Rays. » 10/24/14 12:34pm 10/24/14 12:34pm

Joe Girardi Says Rays Pitchers Aren't Good Enough To Safely Pitch Inside

The race for third place in the AL East is a snippy one, with the Ray's honoring Derek Jeter before last night's game, then clipping him with a fastball in on the hands. Afterward Joe Girardi blasted the Rays for hitting so many Yankees batters recently, but with a twist: instead of accusing them of doing it… » 9/17/14 3:30pm 9/17/14 3:30pm

Rays Gift Derek Jeter A Kayak, Fastball To The Hand; Benches Clear

Derek Jeter received a lot of gifts today. Before the game, the Tampa Bay Rays gave him a $16,000 donation to his foundation, a Don Zimmer jersey, and a pinstriped kayak. And in the eighth inning, Steven Geltz gave him a fastball to the elbow hand. You know, something to remember the Trop by. » 9/17/14 1:20am 9/17/14 1:20am

Tampa Bay's Pitching Staff Has A Good Time Messing With Each Other

It might look like Alex Cobb is blissfully unaware of an apparent deluge of sunflower seed shells in the middle of his interview with the guys in the TV booth, but he's actually just biding his time until he can get his revenge when the interview's over. » 9/06/14 2:33pm 9/06/14 2:33pm

Melky Cabrera Does Not Like Thunder. Not One Bit.

A big-ass thunderstorm rolled through the St. Petersburg area last night, and it was bad enough to briefly knock the lights out at Tropicana field while the Rays took on the Blue Jays. It was also bad enough to scare the crap out of poor Melky Cabrera. » 9/04/14 9:51am 9/04/14 9:51am

Rays' Kevin Kiermaier Turns Normal Fly Ball Into Terrific Highlight

Yes, Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier screwed up his read on this fly ball in today's game against the Red Sox, but he compensated for it with a twisting, falling, over-his-head catch for the final out of the sixth. We're better for it. Thanks, Kevin. » 8/31/14 4:54pm 8/31/14 4:54pm

The Orioles Dominated The Rays Offensively And Defensively

In the third inning, Nick Markakis and Steve Pearce hit back-to-back home runs. In the fifth inning, Delmon Young, J.J. Hardy, and Chris Davis went back-to-back-to-back. Then, with a 9-1 lead, Adam Jones went and stole a home run from Evan Longoria and doubled-up Matt Joyce trying to tag up to second base. » 8/25/14 10:25pm 8/25/14 10:25pm

Rays Play Game Under Protest After Late Challenge Overturns Safe Call

The Tampa Bay Rays played today's 5-4 loss to the Blue Jays under protest after a replay challenge in the fourth inning ruled Wil Myers was picked off first base. Myers was initially ruled safe, but after pitcher Mark Buehrle had stepped on the rubber and Yunel Escobar was in the batter's box, the Blue Jays challenged… » 8/23/14 6:15pm 8/23/14 6:15pm

Jose Molina's Home-Run Trot Was So Slow, A Teammate Almost Passed Him

Jose Molina, the only currently active, uninjured Molina brother, is 39 years old. So, we don't expect him to get around the bases quickly. But teammate Kevin Kiermaier almost passed him on the basepaths after hitting a two-run homer against the Athletics today. » 8/06/14 7:05pm 8/06/14 7:05pm

A's Fans Rage One Last Time For Former Closer Grant Balfour

A cool thing happened in the bottom of the tenth inning of last night's extra-innings tilt between the Rays and Athletics. Grant Balfour, who spent three seasons becoming an Oakland fan favorite as the A's hard-throwing bullpen goon, came on to pitch for the Rays against his old squad. Even with the score tied 2-2… » 8/05/14 10:41am 8/05/14 10:41am

Rays Fans Watch Looney Tunes During Power Outage At Tropicana Field

A lightning strike in the area zapped the power at Tropicana Field and caused a 19-minute delay in the third inning of Tampa Bay's game against the Angels. Hoping to keep their paying customers satisfied, the Rays showed a baseball-themed Looney Tunes episode during the stoppage in play. » 8/03/14 4:51pm 8/03/14 4:51pm

Tampa Bay Station Makes Fun Of Detroit; Detroit Station Burns Them Back

In response to the Rays shipping David Price to the Tigers, Tampa Bay's FOX 13 made a joke at Detroit's expense. The joke is that Detroit is bad, you see. Do you get the joke? » 7/31/14 6:40pm 7/31/14 6:40pm

Did ESPN Get Fooled By A Fake Twitter Account Reporting A Zobrist Trade?

Minutes ago on Baseball Tonight's trade deadline special, it was announced that Tampa's Ben Zobrist was heading to Pittsburgh. But it wasn't true, and the first and only person reporting it was a fake Bob Nightengale Twitter account. » 7/31/14 4:37pm 7/31/14 4:37pm