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  • Romero strikes out Ortiz to end it, Rays hold off Red Sox

    ST. PETERSBURG — To earn his first major league save, Enny Romero emerged from the bullpen with a one-run lead and one job — set down Boston slugger David Ortiz for the final out.

    Romero did it, getting Big Papi to look at strike three Thursday to give the Tampa Bay Rays a 2-1 win over the Red Sox for a four-game split.

    “In a one-run ballgame, I figured at some point we would see David Ortiz come to the plate,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said.

  • Friday night lights return

    The long-awaited high school football season is finally here.

    Luckily, for some teams, there will be a sense of familiarity in week one, as the county’s first slate of games look nearly identical to last year’s opening matchups.

    Dunnellon at Crystal River, 7:30 p.m.

  • YMCA lands district swim meet

    In late October, Citrus County will hold its first ever Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) district swim meet.

    Swimming coaches, who recently attended a coaches meeting in Hernando County, unanimously agreed to move the Oct. 28 Class 2A-District 7 meet from the Clearwater Long Center to the YMCA pool in Lecanto. 

    The move will affect swimmers from 11 high schools located in Citrus, Hernando and Pasco counties.

  • Panthers dominate

    C.J. Risak: Correspondent

    LECANTO — The opening set of the 

    Citrus-at-Lecanto volleyball match was two-thirds over and the score was knotted at 18-all. Each team had put together short scoring runs, both had made mistakes, neither looked dominant.

    Not then. 

  • Buchholz, Ortiz help Red Sox beat Rays 2-1

    ST. PETERSBURG — Clay Buchholz pitched into the seventh inning, David Ortiz had a run-scoring single and the Boston Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 2-1 on Tuesday night to remain tied atop the AL East.

    Buchholz (5-9) allowed one run, five hits, two walks and struck out nine in 6 1/3 innings. In his last five starts at Tropicana Field, the right-hander has given up two earned runs over 33 1/3 innings.

  • Spikers set to go

    C.J. Risak


    Will history repeat itself?

    Six volleyball teams residing in District 5A-7 hope not. They want to alter what happened last season, even replace Weeki Wachee as it made a school record-setting trip to the 5A Final Eight. 

  • Pirates rally for 5-set win

    C.J. Risak


    CRYSTAL RIVER — What a way for Crystal River to start the volleyball season, particularly when last season had such promise only to end in a crushing five-set loss in its 5A-7 tournament opener to Citrus.

  • Price tosses zeros at Rays

    ST. PETERSBURG — David Price limited his old team to two hits in eight scoreless innings, helping the Boston Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 6-2 on Monday night to move into a tie for first place in the AL East.

    Price (12-8) walked two, struck out eight and didn’t allow a runner past first base while extending Tampa Bay’s scoring drought against Boston to 25 innings dating to a series at Fenway Park before the All-Star break. Evan Longoria stopped the streak with a two-run homer off Matt Barnes in the ninth.

  • Gators face adversity

    GAINESVILLE -- Coach Jim McElwain insists he enjoys a little chaos. If that’s the case, then he really must be relishing his time at Florida.

    The 25th-ranked Gators have endured their share of trouble over the last two years. Between fights, suspensions, arrests, investigations and 

    performance-enhancing drugs, McElwain has seen just about everything college football has to offer these days in a little more than 20 months on the job.

  • Rays' offense stays hot in 8-4 win over Rangers

    ST. PETERSBURG — The Tampa Bay Rays haven't played like a cellar-dwelling team for the past week.

    Logan Forsythe homered after missing four games due to back spasms, and the Rays took two of three from the AL West-leading Texas Rangers with an 8-4 victory on Sunday.

    “Texas has been in first place all year,” Rays starting pitcher Drew Smyly said. “They've got very good lineup, great pitching and we beat them two out of three.”