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Tampa Bay try: Rays expand roles for 2-way players in minors

Jun. 16, 2019 2:33 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays, who pioneered the pitching strategy of using relievers as openers, are trying another experiment on the mound in the minors — they're stacking two-way players to start games. The focus Saturday night at Triple-A Durham was on two-way prospect Brendan...

Group bails out nonviolent inmates unable to afford bond

Jun. 16, 2019 10:44 AM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A coalition of religious groups bailed out three Florida men who couldn't afford to pay for their releases from jail after being charged with nonviolent misdemeanor offenses. The "Father's Day Bailout" conducted on Thursday in Tampa was aimed at shining a spotlight on the problems of...

Morton's streak ends as Angels beat Rays 5-3

Jun. 15, 2019 8:22 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Charlie Morton's luck finally ran out. He suffered his first loss in 22 starts on Saturday when the Angels hit three homers in a 5-3 victory over Tampa Bay. It was his first loss since Aug. 11, when he pitched for the Houston Astros. "I've pitched poorly enough to lose this...

Angels designate relief pitcher Cody Allen for assignment

Jun. 15, 2019 1:10 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Los Angeles Angels designated Cody Allen for assignment Saturday, a day after the veteran relief pitcher gave up four runs in a 9-4 loss to Tampa Bay. The 30-year-old Allen was signed to a one-year, $8.5 million contract in January after seven seasons with the Cleveland...

LEADING OFF: Darvish at Dodger Stadium, Nola vs hot Braves

Jun. 15, 2019 3:25 AM EDT

A look at what's happening around the majors today: YU AGAIN? Yu Darvish says he expects to hear some boos when he takes the mound for the Cubs at Dodger Stadium. It will be his first outing at the ballpark since he got roughed up in Game 7 of the 2017 World Series, chased early as the Houston Astros beat Los...

JC Newman expanding amid concerns about cigar industry

Jun. 15, 2019 3:01 AM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The future of Ybor City's last working cigar factory will be rooted in the community's past. First, the J.C. Newman Cigar Co. will bring back The American — the first cigar ever rolled in the 1910 Ybor City factory that houses the family business. The cigar debuts today. Then, in...

Rays break loose, overcome poor Snell outing to beat Angels

Jun. 15, 2019 12:11 AM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Blake Snell was upset with his performance but ecstatic over what his Tampa Bay teammates pulled off. Tommy Pham hit a pair of RBI singles as the Rays suddenly broke loose, overcoming another subpar start by Snell and rallying past the Los Angeles Angels 9-4 on Friday night....

Unwanted kiss lawsuit against Trump dismissed in Florida

Jun. 14, 2019 9:46 PM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A federal lawsuit alleging President Donald Trump kissed a former campaign staffer during a Florida rally in 2016 has been dismissed. U.S. District Judge William Jung in Tampa issued a ruling Friday that called 44-year-old Alva Johnson's complaint a "political lawsuit." The Tampa Bay...

Predators swap 7th-round 2021 pick to Tampa Bay for goalie

Jun. 14, 2019 6:05 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Nashville Predators have acquired goaltender Connor Ingram from the Tampa Bay Lightning for their seventh-round pick in the 2021 NHL draft. General manager David Poile announced the trade Friday. Ingram originally was the 88th pick overall in the third round in 2016, and he...

Yankees slugger Stanton could return next week

Jun. 14, 2019 12:45 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The New York Yankees could get Giancarlo Stanton back next week after the slugger was shelved by a series of injuries, and Aaron Judge also is getting closer after being sidelined by a strained left oblique. Stanton is taking his minor league rehab assignment to Triple-A...