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  • Rays end drought, beat Wacha, Cardinals

    ST. PETERSBURG — Desmond Jennings had a two-run single during a four-run fourth inning and the Tampa Bay Rays snapped a club-record
    31-inning scoring drought en route to beating the St. Louis Cardinals 6-3 Wednesday night.

    Tampa Bay, which won for just the second time in 16 games, had been shut out in its previous three games. The Rays had scored 35 runs over the previous 15 games.

    Yadier Molina had two RBIs for the Cardinals, who entered with three consecutive shutout pitching performances.

  • Ready for a summer tennis camp?

    Eric van den Hoogen
    On tennis

    The first week of summer break is already behind us. All of a sudden you feel ready to send your kids to summer camp, at least for part of the week. There are many options out there, including several tennis camps.

  • Broken record: Rays fail to score in a loss

    ST. PETERSBURG — Adam Wainwright became the NL’s first nine-game winner, and the St. Louis Cardinals beat Tampa Bay 1-0 on Tuesday night, the Rays’ third straight shutout loss.

    The Cardinals have three consecutive shutouts for the first time since April 2013. St. Louis, with 13 shutouts this season, was coming off 5-0 victories over Toronto on Saturday and Sunday.

    Tampa Bay has been shut out an AL-leading 10 times this season. The Rays, who have lost 14 of 15, have not scored a run in 28 innings.

  • Blanked again

    ST. PETERSBURG — Joe Maddon says his team has earned the distinction of having the worst record in the majors. The always upbeat Tampa Bay manager also sees better days ahead.

    Robinson Cano drove in two runs with a bases-loaded double and the Seattle Mariners blanked the Rays for the second straight game, 3-0 Monday.

    The Rays have lost 13 of 14 and are 24-41 overall. The last time they were 17 games under .500 was the end of 2007, the final year they were known as the Devil Rays.

  • Butler claims sprints feature

    INVERNESS — As the only top-three finisher to avoid disqualification, Shane Butler prevailed in a crowded non-winged sprints feature, while Charlie Brown collected his first Citrus Sportsman win of the year Saturday at the Citrus County Speedway.

    Eric Sharrone (Figure 8s) Tim Wilson (Street Stocks), Bill Ryan (Mini Stocks), Larry Welter Jr. (Pure Stocks) and Steve Campbell each extended their respective feature win totals at Citrus.

  • Late collapse costs Rays

    ST. PETERSBURG — Felix Hernandez struck out a career-high 15 in seven innings before Endy Chavez keyed a five-run ninth with a tiebreaking RBI single, leading the Seattle Mariners to a 5-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday.

    James Jones had a two-run triple for the Mariners, who have won seven of eight.

  • Rays honor Zimmer’s life with ceremony

    ST. PETERSBURG — Joe Torre, Tommy Lasorda and Jim Leyland were among the many friends and family members at Tropicana Field on Saturday to celebrate the life of longtime baseball man Don Zimmer.

    The tribute was held before the Tampa Bay Rays played Seattle. Zimmer, a senior adviser for the Rays, died Wednesday at 83 in a hospital in nearby Dunedin.

    Both teams wore Zimmer’s No. 23 Brooklyn Dodgers jersey as they lined up along the foul lines. Fans stood and cheered at the end of a video tribute.

  • Mariners tee off on Cobb and Rays 7-4

    ST. PETERSBURG — Alex Cobb had his worst start of the season Saturday and the Seattle Mariners handed the Tampa Bay Rays their 11th loss in 12 games, 7-4.

    “There’s no better feeling in the world than walking off the mound having done your job and giving your team a chance to win,” Cobb said, “and there’s no worse feeling than walking off the mound and giving your team absolutely no chance to win the game.

    Cobb was tagged for 10 hits and seven runs, both season highs.

  • After inclement weather last week, sprints make their fourth trip to Speedway

    The popular non-winged sprints make their fourth trip to Inverness this season, while an early Father’s Day special gives fathers a $5 admissions discount at the grandstand gate today at the Citrus County Speedway. 

    Rounding out today’s racing lineup are the Sportsman, Mini Stock, Street Stock, Pure Stock, Pure and Street Stock Figure 8s, and Cars of Yesteryear classes.

  • Former Pirate Humphreys taken in seventh round of MLB draft

    If he makes it to Chase Field, at least he’ll be used to the heat.

    Former Crystal River Pirate and St. Johns River State Viking Tyler Humphreys was selected in the seventh round of the MLB First-Year Player Draft Thursday, taken by the Arizona Diamondbacks with the 210th overall pick.