Marc Topkin, Rays Reporter

Marc Topkin

Rays Reporter

If there's something in Tampa Bay Rays history you're interested in, there's a good chance I was there for it. First pitch, Wade Boggs' 3,000th hit, the 2008 ALCS clincher and World Series experience, Evan Longoria's Game 162 walkoff, the 2018 advent of the opener, and plenty more. That's the benefit of having covered the franchise from day one (actually even before) and for all 21 seasons, as well as other baseball matters locally and nationally since joining the Times in 1983 from Drake University. Obviously, I've enjoyed the ride and am happy to share the details with you on all platforms. I’ve also had the privilege of covering Super Bowls, Olympics and college bowl games, but, pssst, baseball has always been my first love.

For starters: Rays vs. Red Sox, with Charlie Morton on the mound

Charlie Morton has thrown well for the Rays. [Associated Press]
Coming off their first back-to-back losses of the season, Rays hope to come out strong vs. struggling Rick Porcello.

Rays Tales: Given Blake Snellís bathroom break, the 10 weirdest injuries in team history

David Price had to leave a 2012 spring game with a sore neck, from toweling off too vigorously. [JAMES BORCHUCK | Times 2012]
Sean Rodriguez got stung, David Price toweled off too vigorously, Carl Crawford got upended by a kid, and more ...

Rays shuffle staff again, send down Casey Sadler and call up Jake Faria

Jake Faria got off to a good start in spring training. [Times photo 2019]
Need for a fresh arm in bullpen leads to another move, and the return of Faria

Rays journal: Casey Sadler loads up the camper for trip back to majors

Hall of Fame manager and Tampa native Tony La Russa, now vice president and special assistant to the president of baseball operations for the Red Sox, watches batting practice prior to Boston's game against the Rays on Friday, April 19, 2019, at Tropicana Field. [CHRIS O'MEARA   |   Associated Press]
Former Pirates pitcher excited by call-up; Nick Ciuffo is too as Mike Zunino goes on paternity list.

Marc Topkinís takeaways from Rays 6-4 Friday loss to Red Sox

Rays opener Ryne Stanek brings it during the first inning against the Red Sox on Friday, April 19, 2019, at the Trop. [CHRIS O'MEARA   |   Associated Press]
On missing Blake Snell, hearing some life at the Trop, seeing Robertsonís confidence rise.