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  • 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.

  • Bucs hard at work

    TAMPA — Dirk Koetter walked off the practice field drenched in sweat, the first day of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ mandatory minicamp behind him.

    The team is in the final stage of an offseason program that’s bolstered the first-year coach’s belief that a team that hasn’t made the playoffs since 2007 is headed in the right direction.

    Quarterback Jameis Winston is entering his second season leading an offense that made significant strides a year ago.

  • Longoria, Dickerson help Rays rally

    ST. PETERSBURG — Evan Longoria and Corey Dickerson had three RBIs apiece and the Tampa Bay Rays rallied from an early four-run deficit to beat the Seattle Mariners 8-7 on Tuesday night.

    Longoria's seventh homer in his last 10 games, a three-run shot off Nick Vincent, tied it at 7 in the seventh. Mike Montgomery (2-2) entered and walked two straight before Dickerson's RBI single put Tampa Bay ahead 8-7.

  • Foley stepping down at Florida

    GAINESVILLE — Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley drove through the baseball parking lot, turned left at the grounds crew entrance and stopped a few feet from left field.

    Any closer and he would have been in the dugout.

    “It’s good to be king,” Foley said Sunday as he emerged from his SUV before the Gators and Florida State played Game 2 of their NCAA super regional.

    His reign is coming to an end.

  • Rays beat Astros 5-0, as Moore outduels Keuchel

    ST. PETERSBURG — Dallas Keuchel had only one bad inning Sunday. Matt Moore had none, and that was the difference in the Tampa Bay Rays’ 5-0 win over the Houston Astros.

    Keuchel, the AL’s reigning Cy Young Award winner, became the first major leaguer to lose nine games this season when Moore pitched two-hit ball over seven innings.

  • Gators Capture 3rd NCAA Outdoor Title

    EUGENE, Ore. — There was no single win that Jarrion Lawson was most proud of, and he had three to choose from.

    Lawson won the 100 and 200 meters and the long jump at the NCAA track and field championships, becoming the first athlete to win all three since Jesse Owens did it 80 years ago.

  • Gators blanked by ’Noles

    GAINESVILLE.  — Drew Carlton pitched a two-hitter, Taylor Walls had an RBI double and Florida State beat rival Florida 3-0 in the opening game of an NCAA super regional Saturday night.

    The Seminoles (41-20), who had lost five in a row and 10 of 12 against the Gators, can clinch a spot in the College World Series with a victory today or Monday. No one should count out Florida 

  • Pearce has 3 hits, drives in 2 as Rays beat Astros 4-3

    ST. PETERSBURG — Steve Pearce continued a hot stretch with three hits and two RBIs, helping the Tampa Bay Rays to a 4-3 victory over the Houston Astros on Friday night.

    Pearce had a two-run double in the first inning, and Logan Forsythe and Brad Miller drove in runs with two-out hits off Lance McCullers (3-2) in the second to give Matt Andriese (5-0) an early four-run lead.