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Top prospect Wander Franco homers in MLB debut for Rays

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Wander Franco, a 20-year-old infielder considered the best prospect in the minor leagues, homered for the Tampa Bay Rays in his major league debut, connecting for a three-run drive against Boston on Tuesday night. Called up from Triple-A earlier in the day, ...

Rays set to promote SS Wander Franco, MLB’s No. 1 prospect

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Tampa Bay Rays infielder Wander Franco, considered the best prospect in the minors, is set to make his major league debut. The Rays say they plan to promote the 20-year-old Franco from Triple-A Durham on Tuesday. Tampa Bay is off Monday and hosts the Red Sox on ...

Gipson-Long, Sabato lead Mussels to 5-1 week

FORT MYERS – Sawyer Gipson-Long went five scoreless and Aaron Sabato drove in two to lead the Fort Myers Mighty Mussels to a 5-1 week against the Lakeland Flying Tigers at Hammond Stadium Sunday. Sabato’s two-run double in the third inning proved to be the difference, as the Mighty Mussels ...

Julien, Morales lead Mussels to doubleheader sweep

FORT MYERS – Edouard Julien and Jeferson Morales each enjoyed three-hit nights, as the Fort Myers Mighty Mussels swept the Lakeland Flying Tigers in Thursday’s doubleheader at Hammond Stadium. Julien drove in three runs and scored three runs as the Mighty Mussels (22-17) ran away with a ...

Tigers down Mussels 2-1 in 11 innings

FORT MYERS  – The Fort Myers Mighty Mussels fell 2-1 to the Lakeland Flying Tigers in an 11-inning contest on Tuesday night at Hammond Stadium. The Mussels’ pitching staff combined for 15 strikeouts and held the Flying Tigers to just four hits. Mussels (20-17) starter Louie Varland held ...

Scientists look for link between wastewater and algae in bay

TAMPA (AP) — Scientists are looking for any links to dreaded algae blooms and the pumping of 215 gallons of wastewater into Tampa Bay from the site of an old fertilizer plant two months ago. Scientists want to know whether the specific nutrients found in wastewater at the Piney Point plant ...

Dolphins, LB Baker agree on 3-year, $39 million extension

DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — The Miami Dolphins and linebacker Jerome Baker have agreed on a three-year, $39 million contract extension, agent Drew Rosenhaus said Sunday. The deal includes $28.4 million in guaranteed money, Rosenhaus said. Baker has played in all 48 games in his first three seasons ...

No. 2 Texas completes sweep of South Florida for CWS berth

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Trey Faltine drove in three runs with a pair of doubles and Cam Williams hit a two-run home run in the seventh inning after walking his first four times up and scoring three times as No. 2 overall seed Texas breezed into the College World Series with a 12-4 victory over ...

Mussels’ bats erupt in 19-3 domination of Jupiter

    JUPITER, Fla. – The Fort Myers Mighty Mussels scored a season-high 19 runs Thursday, carrying a no-hitter into the seventh inning at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium in a 19-3 dismantling of the Jupiter Hammerheads. The Mighty Mussels (18-15) set a season high in runs, hits (20) and ...

Former NFL star Warrick Dunn tackles housing inequalities

By ROB MAADDI AP Pro Football Writer Former NFL star Warrick Dunn is hosting a conversation centered on diversity and inclusion as part of his charity's Juneteenth celebration. Dunn, a three-time Pro Bowl running back with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Atlanta Falcons, will sit down with NFL ...