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  • Indians strike three times in 8th to top Rays

    CLEVELAND — Francisco Lindor and Juan Uribe homered in the eighth inning and the Cleveland Indians beat the Tampa Bay Rays 7-4 on Monday night.

    Lindor hit the first pitch from Erasmo Ramirez (7-5) into the lower deck in right field for his eighth homer of the season, breaking a 4-all tie. Uribe homered in his third straight game, a two-run shot off Ramirez.

    Carlos Santana also homered for the AL Central-leading Indians, who have won four straight.

  • Tampa Bay swept by Giants

    ST. PETERSBURG — A once-promising homestand didn’t end soon enough for the Tampa Bay Rays.

    “It’s good to be getting out of here,” manager Kevin Cash said after Sunday’s 5-1 loss to the San Francisco Giants left his team with a four-game losing streak.

    The Rays won four of five to begin a nine-game, 10-day stretch at Tropicana Field. Dropping all three games to the Giants over the weekend ruined a chance to finish with the team’s first winning homestand.

  • Top-seeded Gators stunned

    OMAHA, Neb. — Andrew Beckwith matched his career high with seven strikeouts, Zach Remillard doubled and tripled in runs, and Coastal Carolina upset No. 1 national seed Florida 2-1 on Sunday night in the program's first College World Series game.

    The Chanticleers of the Big South Conference pulled the stunner against the vaunted Florida pitching staff that sent to the mound two first-round picks, a second-rounder, third-rounder and 10th-rounder.

  • Track to begin racing again July 16

    After four months of major reconstruction projects, the green flag will fly on July 16 at the newly remade Citrus County Speedway and Track for its first races of 2016.

    The 61-year-old Inverness track’s lease, which is owned by the Citrus County Fair Board, was taken over by William Ray in March. 

  • Camron Ray: A career on the fast track

    Though young Camron Ray already had experience as a supervisor and a racecar driver, nothing could have prepared him for the work of racetrack manager.

    “It’s kind of weird,” the 18-year-old said with a laugh last week. “It’s definitely different kind of work than anything else.”

  • Rays fall in another win for San Fran

    ST. PETERBURG — Joe Panik had four RBIs, including a tiebreaking, three-run homer in the ninth inning that sent the San Francisco Giants to their seventh straight win, 6-4 over the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday.

    Panik’s two-out drive off Alex Colome (1-2) helped lift the NL West leaders to a season-high 17 games over .500.

    The Giants pulled even at 3 on Brandon Crawford’s two-out RBI single in the eighth off Erasmo Ramirez.

  • Samardzija's 4-hitter leads Giants on Rays' Pride Night

    ST. PETERSBURG — Jeff Samardzija threw a four-hitter and the San Francisco Giants won their sixth consecutive game Friday by beating the Tampa Bay Rays 5-1 on Pride Night, before the biggest regular-season crowd at Tropicana Field in a decade.

    The announced attendance of 40,135 was the first regular-season turnout over 40,000 at the Rays’ ballpark since opening day in 2006 against Baltimore (40,199). Tampa Bay entered averaging 16,037 in home attendance this season, second-lowest in the majors.

  • Lee drives in three runs, Mariners beat Rays 6-4

    ST. PETERSBURG — The Seattle Mariners finally held onto a lead and won their series finale at Tampa Bay.

    Dae-Ho Lee drove in three runs, James Paxton went six effective innings and the Mariners avoided a three-game sweep by beating the Rays 6-4 on Thursday.

    Seattle wasted a four-run lead in Tuesday’s 8-7 loss. The Mariners took a two-run advantage Wednesday before dropping a 3-2, 13-inning decision.

  • Coming up aces

    GAINESVILLE -- Florida’s pitching staff is widely considered the best in the country, potentially in college baseball history.

    The Gators had five pitchers selected in the top 108 picks of the Major League Baseball draft last week — plenty of talent and depth to make another deep run in the College World Series and possibly win the program’s first national championship.

  • ‘We’ve got stuff to do’

    GAINESVILLE — Jeremy Foley’s last day at Florida is more than three months away.

    In his mind, that’s plenty of time to get a lot of things accomplished.

    Foley announced his retirement as athletic director Monday, calling it quits after 25 years in charge of one of the nation’s most successful college programs.