June 4, 2000
A called third strike whizzes past the Rays' Greg Vaughn with two on in the ninth, capping the Rays' first shutout loss in 85 games.
One for Vaughn to forget
Returning slugger botches fly, strands two in ninth in Rays' 1-0 loss.
- Rays tales
ONE FOR ALL: New Devil Ray Tanyon Sturtze has the arm strength and potential to be a successful major-league pitcher for a long time. He already has one of the most unusual first names in the big leagues.
- Do Canseco, McGriff have distance for 500?
NEW YORK -- For a team that hasn't had much to celebrate during its two-plus seasons, the Devil Rays have been party to some impressive accomplishments.
- Lopez wins case to keep starting
NEW YORK -- Two starts were enough. Manager Larry Rothschild likes what he has seen from Albie Lopez enough that he plans to keep him in the starting rotation indefinitely.
- White Sox may hold Doc's fate
By the end of the week, Dwight Gooden expects to either be pitching for another team or retired.
- Potential Devil Rays' switch to National League is stalled
ST. PETERSBURG -- Realignment will move forward just as soon as someone is willing to make a sacrifice. Which means, of course, there is a chance it will never happen.
FSU's six errors help UM win 7-5
TALLAHASSEE -- Florida State coach Mike Martin told his players if they were to beat Miami in the super region Saturday and advance to the College World Series they had to play at least as well as they had the night before.
Surgery aids pitchers
Tommy John procedure has become routine enough to ensure high picks.
Unpredictable? So is OF Boyd
This year's draft is being hailed as one of the most unpredictable in years.
- First-year player draft
WHO: All high school seniors, two-year college players and four-year college juniors and seniors are eligible. Any player whose 21st birthday comes within 45 days of Monday is eligible.
The name of the place we live in is Bucsworld
TAMPA -- Ninety days to go, and it doesn't matter. The Bucs still own this burg.
Stanley Cup finals
Devils seem at home in Dallas
Slushy ice is no problem for New Jersey, which wins 2-1 and takes a one-game lead in the Stanley Cup final.
- Stars' Bouchard eases into playing shape
DALLAS -- Sweat poured down Joel Bouchard's face as he sat in the Stars' dressing room after Friday's practice, his words interrupted by small gasps for breath.
Diallo's 2 goals end Mutiny road woes
DALLAS -- Mamadou Diallo scored two goals and created a third scoring opportunity, leading the Tampa Bay Mutiny to its first road win of the season Saturday.
Heaven help them
The ministries that serve the auto racing circuits provide an anchor for all who believe -- and all who don't.
Kids give back to Wunsch, too
TAMPA -- The visual clues misled the casual observers at Thursday's off-season workout session at One Buc Place.
Game 7 hype hits a crescendo in Los Angeles
LOS ANGELES -- Naturally, tonight's Game 7 is a hot ticket. The sellout crowd figures to include a bevy of celebrities, even more than the usual number of stars who regularly attend Lakers games.
Blazers at home on the road
Portland has parlayed its experience and stifling defense to win three of the past four at Los Angeles.
Bowden leads Storm
His 346 all-purpose yards, a team record, help Tampa Bay to a 77-26 victory over Florida.
World champion shot putter is happy in the background
He is the defending world champion in the shot put and, ever so slowly, has crept nearer the world record. He also is one of the more reticent athletes in track and field, so when he sits in front of reporters for a briefing, the questions come quickly.
The Big One that let the angler get away
BOCA GRANDE -- David Harper grew up fishing The Pass and has seen his share of tarpon jump. But nothing could have prepared him for the one that got away.
- With summer here, bass in the shallows
June is the beginning of summer season for bass. The water temperature is in the mid-80s and climbing. This will cause bass to move to deep water or bury in submerged vegetation like hydrilla or coon tail moss.
- Lake reports
WEST LAKE TOHOPEKLIA: Robbie Robinson of Big Toho marina reports bass catches have been best on the south end of the lake using prop baits early and then plastic worms. "Fisherman are casting Texas rigged worms in red shad green glitter or june bug to the hydrilla edges," Robinson said.
- Ask the experts
"What can you tell me about the Fishing Hall of Fame? Where is it? What's in it?" -- John Benitz, Largo
Ex-county AD Williamson selected for Hall
Former Hillsborough County Athletic Director Wayne Williamson will be inducted into the Florida High School Activities Association Hall of Fame on June 15 at the Wyndham Westshore Hotel.
Boys All-Hillsborough track team
ATHLETE OF THE YEAR: Mike Jenkins, Sr., Leto
Jenkins runs circles around competition
The Leto star runner's quick rise win him the county Track Athlete of the Year honor.
All-Pinellas County softball team
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Crystal Crews, Countryside
Crews has one more shot at state
The Countryside junior, an impact player both at the plate and at bat, wants to return to Auburndale as a player.