Eduardo A. Encina, Bucs and Pro Sports Enterprise Reporter

Eduardo A. Encina

Bucs and Pro Sports Enterprise Reporter

I’m back for my second stint at the Tampa Bay Times. You may recognize my byline from back in the day when I covered the Rays, Lightning and high school sports. After seven years working in my hometown of Baltimore as the lead Orioles writer at The Baltimore Sun, I’m back covering the Bucs and providing pro sports enterprise. If you have a story idea, email me, tweet me or send me a three-eyed raven. When I’m not working, I’m likely outside hiking (preferably out of cell-phone range), getting charged by a mountain goat, Instagramming my food, plotting my second career as an astronaut or taking hacks at the nearest indoor batting cage.

Raysí Blake Snell looks to rebound by establishing fastball

Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Blake Snell reacts during the first inning of a baseball game against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium, Wednesday, June 19, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
The reigning AL Cy Young award winner is coming off the shortest start of his MLB career, but are the free-swinging Twins the right fit for that approach?

Rare off day well-received by the struggling Rays

Tampa Bay Rays' Willy Adames reacts after being hit by a pitch thrown by Oakland Athletics' Mike Fiers in the second inning of a baseball game Saturday, June 22, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
After Monday, Tampa Bay plays 13 consecutive days leading into the all-star break, completing a stretch of 34 games in 34 days.

Rays third baseman Mike Brosseauís major-league debut is memorable

Tampa Bay Rays' Mike Brosseau runs to first base on his single against the Oakland Athletics during the second inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, June 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
The rookie singles in his first at-bat Sunday and is on the receiving end of a postgame celebration.

Rays promoting prospect Wander Franco to Charlotte

Wander Franco, the Rays top prospect, played in the St. Petersburg International Baseball Series in March. DIRK SHADD   |   Times
Eighteen-year-old was recently tabbed the gameís top prospect

Rays offense breaks out as Tampa Bay salvages series split in Oakland

Tampa Bay Rays' Joey Wendle, left, scores a run past Oakland Athletics catcher Josh Phegley during the fourth inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, June 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
Raysí 15-hit attack included seven straight hits in the fourth inning.