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Red Sox beat AL East-leading Rays 4-3 in 11 to finish sweep

Apr. 21, 2019 7:44 PM EDT

ST PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A manufactured run in extra innings capped off a resurgent weekend for the defending World Series champion Boston Red Sox. Christian Vazquez hit a sacrifice fly in the 11th inning and the Red Sox completed an uplifting three-game sweep of the AL East-leading Tampa Bay Rays with a...

Red Sox beat AL East-leading Rays 4-3 in 11 to finish sweep

Apr. 21, 2019 6:41 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Christian Vazquez hit a sacrifice fly in the 11th inning and the Boston Red Sox completed an uplifting three-game sweep of the AL East-leading Tampa Bay Rays with a 4-3 victory Sunday. Rafael Devers singled off Jose Alvarado (0-2) to start the 11th and went to second when...

Rays put Meadows on IL with thumb sprain, reinstate Wendle

Apr. 21, 2019 1:37 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays placed outfielder Austin Meadows on the 10-day injured list with a sprained right thumb in a series of moves on Sunday. Meadows was hurt when he awkwardly slid into third base on a two-run triple in the seventh inning of Saturday night's 6-5 loss to the Boston...

Florida sports broadcaster accused of soliciting boy

Apr. 21, 2019 3:01 AM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A longtime Florida sports broadcaster is facing charges he tried to solicit a 14-year-old boy. The Tampa Bay Times said 37-year-old Justin Pawlowski was arrested in his St. Petersburg home last week on charges of transmitting harmful material to a minor. Authorities say...

Red Sox get 1st series win, beat Rays 6-5 behind Benintendi

Apr. 20, 2019 10:49 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Perhaps the Boston Red Sox will look back at this weekend as the games that got their title defense back on track. The World Series champions won a series for the first time this season when Andrew Benintendi hit a grand slam and a tiebreaking ninth-inning sacrifice fly and...

George Zimmerman banned from Tinder dating app

Apr. 20, 2019 5:44 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — The ex-neighborhood watch volunteer who killed an unarmed black teen in Florida in 2012 has been banned from the dating app Tinder. An emailed statement from Tinder cited users' safety as a reason for removing George Zimmerman's profile. An article by Tampa, Florida, weekly Creative Loafing...

Reggie Cobb, former NFL back and Volunteer star, dies at 50

Apr. 20, 2019 5:14 PM EDT

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Former NFL running back and University of Tennessee star Reggie Cobb has died at 50. His death was announced Saturday by the San Francisco 49ers. He scouted for the team for the last 10 years, as well as for other clubs before them. Details of his death were not disclosed. Cobb...

Fake officer pulls over a real undercover officer in Florida

Apr. 20, 2019 11:55 AM EDT

PLANT CITY, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a Florida man impersonating an officer flipped the red and blue lights on his SUV while unknowingly trying to stop a car with a real officer. The Tampa Bay Times reports 26-year-old Matthew Erris was arrested on a charge of impersonating a public officer. An arrest...

Betts, Moreland homer in 8th, Red Sox beat Rays 6-4

Apr. 19, 2019 11:32 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Mookie Betts hasn't looked much like the 2018 AL MVP yet. Two key hits Friday night might help jumpstart the Boston star's season. Betts and Mitch Moreland hit back-to-back homers for the go-ahead runs in the eighth inning and the struggling Red Sox beat the MLB-best Tampa Bay...

Coast Guard suspends search for boater in Gulf of Mexico

Apr. 19, 2019 10:34 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard says it is suspending the search for a boater who was reported overdue during a trip from Cozumel, Mexico, to Tampa. The agency said in a news release that the wife of 74-year-old Grant Neie contacted officials on Sunday when he did not return as planned. He was in a...