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April 25, 2001
Devil Rays/baseball
Lopez guts one out
[Times photo: Michael Rondou]
Rough start doesn't phase the Rays ace as he goes seven innings in a 4-2 win over the Royals, lifting Tampa Bay out of baseball's cellar.

White, Seay falling short
Before the 1997 season, the Devil Rays dove into the free-agent market, spending $13.2-million to sign the top two young pitchers that year. The thinking was that Matt White and Bobby Seay would shore up the farm system before moving into key roles on the Tampa Bay staff.

Rose joins pen with a shot at starting
ST. PETERSBURG -- Doing what they can in a tight market to bolster their pitching staff, the Rays claimed Brian Rose off waivers Tuesday.

Marlins stadium bill heads to Senate
TALLAHASSEE -- A proposed tax rebate for a downtown Miami stadium for the Marlins headed to the full Senate on Tuesday after clearing its final committee.

Gary Shelton
Partners want Naimoli out
Most of his partners would agree Vince Naimoli is the man who brought major-league baseball to Tampa Bay.

Lightning signs its top pick from 2000
Nikita Alexeev, 19, is expected to make the team next season.

St. Anthony's Triathlon
U.S. triathletes search for prominence of past
It's not that we've slowed down. It's that the rest of the world has caught up to us.

Rivers, Magic must adjust their focus
Milwaukee's second tier did the most damage in Game 1 of their series.

Coach seeks tighter defense
It wasn't supposed to be this way for coach Alfonso Mondelo. He was supposed to fine-tune the team, maybe make a change here or there, and turn Tampa Bay into an MLS Cup contender.

Captain's corner
With gulf temperatures rising and natural bait arriving, a great opportunity exists for catching an inshore slam. Redfish, snook and trout are feeding heavily because of the long winter. Look for redfish around Sand Bay and Anclote Key. The fish have beenin small pods, moving up on oyster bars with the incoming tide. Use gold spoon or topwater plugs to find the fish; use greenbacks under a float for the best results.

Et cetera
Sports briefs
Wimbledon scraps process for seeding

Gaither duo earns state doubles title
At Altamonte Springs, Gaither's Liz Rodgers hooked up with freshman teammate Brianna Williams to end her senior season the sweetest way possible.

River Ridge, Beck blank Ridgewood
NEW PORT RICHEY -- Ridgewood coach Greg Bolinger couldn't give a reason why Christine Beck has been so vexing against his Rams all season. But he said he was willing to step into the batter's box one day against the River Ridge ace and find out.

Senior no-hits Royal Knights
Dave Hancox strikes out six to lead Ridgewood past River Ridge 6-0 in a Class 5A, District 9 quarterfinal.

Thursday track meets
CLASS 2A, REGION 3 at Bradenton Lakewood Ranch

Around the county
Jesuit's Philip Nordhturft III, a varsity letterman in basketball and track, has been named to the Florida High School Activities Association's Academic All-State Team, which features 24 students, including 11 valedictorians and 17 three-sport athletes.

Falcon's run for two titles ends in final
JACKSONVILLE -- Just two days ago, Erin Heeder talked confidently of winning state championships in tennis and track.

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