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  • Are the Buccaneers pointed in the right direction?

    TAMPA — The large billboard standing on a major thoroughfare a few blocks from the home of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers suggests an offensive explosion is on the horizon.

    Jameis Winston is preparing to lead it.

    “Cannons will fire,” reads the sign bearing an image of the top pick in the NFL draft presumably poised to throw a touchdown pass.

    “Whatever it is,” a television commercial implores, “he’s got it.”

  • Casali, Rays trounce Price, Tigers

    ST. PETERSBURG — Rookie Curt Casali had three hits and homered twice for the second straight game, leading the Tampa Bay Rays to 10-2 victory over the slumping Detroit Tigers on Tuesday night.

    Casali hit a two-run homer off All-Star David Price (9-4) in the fourth inning and added a solo shot off the former Rays ace for a 5-1 lead in the sixth. He struck out with the bases loaded in the eighth, finishing 3 for 4 with three RBIs on consecutive nights.

  • Casali connects

    ST. PETERSBURG — Desperate for some offense, the Tampa Bay Rays got it from a catcher hitting .214 and batting ninth.

    Curt Casali homered twice, Nathan Karns took a one-hit shutout into the seventh inning and the Rays beat the Detroit Tigers 5-2 Monday night.

  • Moore struggles on mound, Rays struggle at plate in loss

    ST. PETERSBURG — Matt Moore struggled on the mound again, and the Tampa Bay Rays’ offense couldn't get much going.

    Nolan Reimold had a two-run double among three hits Sunday as the Baltimore Orioles beat Moore and the Rays 5-2 for their second straight win after a four-game skid.

  • It’s been a while

    CHICAGO — Cole Hamels is facing a quick trip from the record book to the trading block.

    The Philadelphia ace became the first pitcher to throw a no-hitter against the Chicago Cubs in 50 years, watching as rookie center fielder Odubel Herrera stumbled on the warning track before catching a flyball to end the Phillies’ 5-0 win Saturday.

  • Carl Edwards takes Brickyard 400 pole

    INDIANAPOLIS — Carl Edwards will be on the pole for the Brickyard 400, where passing could be at a premium Sunday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

    Edwards turned a lap at 183.484 mph Saturday to move to the top starting spot. But he then had to see if two-time race winner and Indiana native Tony Stewart would bump him from the pole.

  • Rocked at home

    ST. PETERSBURG — Chris Davis hit his fifth career grand slam and Miguel Gonzalez took a shutout into the eighth inning as the Baltimore Orioles snapped a four-game losing streak with a 5-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday night.

    Gonzalez (9-6) allowed one run and five hits over 7 2/3 innings to win for the third time in his last four starts. The right-hander didn’t issue a walk and struck out five.

  • A first time for everything

    Donnie Dewees lifted his Eugene Emeralds to a 2-1 victory over the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes with a two-run home run in the eighth inning on Thursday in Oregon.

  • Fighting for third place

    CHESTER, Pa. — Asked what winning the third-place game at the CONCACAF Gold Cup would mean, U.S. captain Michael Bradley paused for a moment, then said softly, “Not much.”

  • Rallying Rays

    ST. PETERSBURG — Tim Beckham snapped an eighth-inning tie with a two-out, bases-loaded single that gave the Tampa Bay Rays a 3-1 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Friday night.

    The sputtering Rays rallied after being limited to two hits over seven innings by Orioles starter Chris Tillman, who came within six outs of winning his sixth straight decision before walking Kevin Kiermaier leading off the eighth.