Found March 17, 2012 on Raise the Jolly Roger!:
Rays (3-9) at Pirates (6-7) 1:05 PM EST–McKechnie Field, Bradenton Audio: Here is the Gameday The Bucs will look to win their third in a row this afternoon. They’ll be taking on the Rays at McKechnie. No TV or radio again today, just the free online audio stream. Jeff Karstens will start for the Bucs, while James Shields will take the mound for Tampa. ©2012 Raise the Jolly Roger. All Rights Reserved..

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Notable Recent MLBTR's

Happy Saint Patrick's Day! Don't mix grain and grape.While reading the indispensable, I jotted down notes from tidbits that for one reason or another jumped off the page. As they say on Tosh.O, enjoy:Reading the Tampa Bay Rays Offseason Review, got me thinking about which catcher the Rays will acquire via trade. This mlbtr post delves into it even deeper...
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