• Yankees would vanish Rays gap with Blake Snell blockbuster

    Yankees would vanish Rays gap with Blake Snell blockbuster

    Even the most obnoxious Yankees supporter would have to admit the Rays have replaced the Red Sox as the Yankees’ biggest hurdle getting back to the top of the AL East. The Red Sox took the first
  • Yankees should know by now that Rays aren’t going away

    Yankees should know by now that Rays aren’t going away

    These Rays, these Rays, these Rays. They’re the gum you can’t get off your shoe, the hiccup you can’t stop, the annoying high school classmate who tracks you down no matter how many times you change your number. They’re the Yankees’ regular serving of humility, unprescribed and undesired. There won’t be yearlong perfection at Yankee …
  • Yankees fall to rival Rays in first home loss of season

    Yankees fall to rival Rays in first home loss of season

    At some point the Yankees had to miss the firepower provided by Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton and DJ LeMahieu. With that trio on the injured list, Masahiro Tanaka absorbed a beating and Rays lefty Blake Snell provided far too many hills for the Yankees to climb on the way to a 6-3 loss at Yankee …
  • Yankees got clear reminder these Rays won’t go away easy

    Yankees got clear reminder these Rays won’t go away easy

    “This was no boat accident.” — Hooper, “Jaws” Nope, this was not a defeat to shrug off as an aberration, to chalk it up to one of those days. Sure, the Yankees remain the American League leaders and favorites even after their 1-0 loss to the Rays on Friday night at Tropicana Field. Yet they …
  • MLB owners’ cries of poverty can’t be taken seriously

    MLB owners’ cries of poverty can’t be taken seriously

    Great news, everyone! Turns out Major League Baseball’s owners and players do hold a commonality after all. Both can illustrate tone deafness like Hall of Famers. Herein lies the difference, however: When Blake Snell proclaims, “I gotta get my money,” we know how much money he wants to get. When Bill DeWitt declares, “The industry …
  • Roger Goodell’s plan to fix NFL’s diversity issue is part of problem

    Roger Goodell’s plan to fix NFL’s diversity issue is part of problem

    Between us, if I were the commissioner of the NFL and I suspected that a team was practicing institutionalized racism in hiring team executives and coaches, I’d see to it, and pronto, that it end, serious consequences to follow. But that’s not how Roger Goodell operates. He prefers to perform as the pandering Great White …
  • Reds’ Trevor Bauer rips MLB for manipulating coronavirus negotiations

    Reds’ Trevor Bauer rips MLB for manipulating coronavirus negotiations

    MLB’s proposal to start the 2020 season is widely known at this point — and Trevor Bauer sees that as a big problem. “I don’t think any of this should have been made public, that’s the most concerning thing to me,” the outspoken Reds pitcher told CBS’ “Tiki and Tierney” on Thursday. “I haven’t even …
  • Blake Snell needed to keep virtuous MLB rant to himself

    Blake Snell needed to keep virtuous MLB rant to himself

    Versatility has proven a trademark of the Tampa Bay Rays, who unleashed super-utility man Ben Zobrist on the baseball world and introduced us to openers. I doubt they’ll take any credit for Blake Snell’s words and actions Wednesday. Yet the Rays southpaw managed to establish a novel versatility plateau. Who knew one could exhibit tone …
  • Blake Snell slams MLB coronavirus plan of reduced pay: ‘Risking my life’

    Blake Snell slams MLB coronavirus plan of reduced pay: ‘Risking my life’

    Take less money to play baseball in 2020? Blake Snell will see you in 2021. The Rays’ Cy Young Award winner made little secret about how he feels regarding a potential 50-50 revenue split that MLB owners are expected to propose to the union in order to resume its season, saying it’s “just not worth …