Marc Topkin, Tampa Bay Times

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Tampa Bay Times

St. Petersburg, FL, United States

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Past articles by Marc:

Rays will honor Dave Wills with pregame tribute on April 22

The opponent will be the White Sox, for whom Wills, who died Sunday, worked prior to coming to Tampa Bay in 2005. → Read More

For Rays’ Jose Siri, the time really is now

Told by manager Kevin Cash he is the starting centerfielder, the multi-talented 27-year-old is working to take advantage of the opportunity he didn’t get with Houston. → Read More

Rays radio broadcaster Dave Wills dies at age 58

After joining the team in 2005, Wills and partner Andy Freed became one of the league’s most veteran and respected duos. → Read More

For Rays’ Mason Montgomery, a ‘really cool experience’

Notebook | The ascending lefty prospect, who reached Double-A last season, makes his first spring start. → Read More

Rays’ Shane McClanahan working hard toward a simple goal: be the best

The lefty starter is eating better, working out smarter and striving to better conditioned in an effort to improve his already lofty performance. → Read More

Rays’ Tyler Glasnow sustains oblique injury during practice

Pending an MRI, the starting pitcher is likely to miss extended time, including the start of the season. → Read More

Rays have familiar names in lineup today to face Orioles

It will be the spring debut for Randy Arozarena, Wander Franco, Brandon Lowe and other key parts of the offense. → Read More

Rays get quick feel for new rules in exhibition opener

Notes | Catcher Francisco Mejia says the pace definitely is faster, and the harder adjustment is on the hitters. → Read More

Rays’ spring opener at Twins, 1:05 p.m. today

It’s the first game of spring training, and much of the focus will be on implementation of the new rules, especially the pitch clock. → Read More

There’s an interesting reason Rays shuffled their locker assignments

Tales | Interspersing pitchers and position players throughout the clubhouse was Kevin Cash’s idea to boost team building, → Read More

Ben Gamel has a familiar feeling in joining Rays

Notes | The outfielder, who has spent parts of seven seasons in majors, has ties to the area and a good sense of the team’s success. → Read More

Rays’ Tyler Glasnow on skydiving, hair care and being attacked by monkeys

The right-handed starter has a taste for adventure and a knack for collecting good stories, some of which he shares here. → Read More

Rays’ Shane McClanahan already hitting upper 90s ‘nice to see’

Notes | Tampa Bay’s top left-handed starter looks sharp in his first live batting practice session, though he says his change-up could use some work. → Read More

Rays’ Ryan Thompson reviews, criticizes MLB’s arbitration process

In a 28-tweet thread, the reliever noted the arbitrators’ perceived lack of baseball knowledge, the Rays’ tactics and his worth compared to others at his position. → Read More

Tyler Glasnow makes life miserable for Rays hitters

Notes | After watching the pitcher’s impressive live batting practice showing Wednesday, Kevin Cash called it “the worst 10 minutes of a hitter’s life.” → Read More

Why you won’t see Dewayne Staats as much on Rays telecasts this year

The veteran play-by-play announcer, who started during the team’s 1998 inaugural season, will cut back his workload, missing 20-30 games. → Read More

Rays top prospect Taj Bradley makes good first impression

Notebook | Pitch clocks on the field and umpires behind the plate make live batting practice a learning experience. → Read More

Why the Rays see their rotation as one of the game’s best

Quality at the top and quantity throughout have Tampa Bay thinking this is the start of something special. → Read More

With Ji-Man Choi gone, Yandy Diaz is first in line to play first base for Rays

Notebook | As Diaz reported to camp Monday, there was a stiff glove in his locker for his new assignment. → Read More

Decisions, decisions: Rays’ Randy Arozarena working to make better ones

The outfielder’s biggest goal for 2023 is to “be a little bit more smarter” at the plate, in the field and on the bases, and he’s seeking help. → Read More