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.

Rays with rare rout, blast Orioles 7-1 to take over top wild-card spot

The Rays' Austin Meadows hits a grand slam off Orioles starting pitcher Ty Blach during the second inning Friday, Aug. 23, 2019. [JULIO CORTEZ   |   Associated Press] Julio Cortez  |  AP
Austin Meadows’ grand slam highlights a seven-run second inning, Trevor Richards throws six shutout innings.

How Avisail Garcia was almost wearing a Longo jersey for Rays

Rays second baseman Eric Sogard sports his Nerd Power nickname, complete with emoji, on the back of his Players Weekend jersey on Friday, Aug. 23, 2019, in Baltimore. [JULIO CORTEZ   |   Associated Press] Julio Cortez  |  AP
For Players Weekend. Garcia considered using his childhood nickname, which is familiar to Rays fans for another reason.

Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Rays’ 7-1 win over Orioles

Rays catcher Mike Zunino celebrates with reliever Aaron Slegers after defeating the Orioles on Friday, Aug. 23, 2019. [JULIO CORTEZ   |   Associated Press] Julio Cortez  |  AP
Zunino comes through; an opener for Alvarado; Richards eases concerns.

Rays at Orioles lineups, looking for another win

Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Trevor Richards delivers to the Detroit Tigers during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara) Chris O'Meara  |  AP
Trevor Richards will be on the mound for the Rays, who capped a long Thursday with a 5-2 win.

Brandon Lowe aiming to rejoin Rays for playoffs

DIRK SHADD   |   TimesTampa Bay Rays second baseman Brandon Lowe (8) rounds the bases after he connects to hit a solo home run beating Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Asher Wojciechowski (29) during the first inning at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, on Tuesday, July 2, 2019. On left is Baltimore Orioles third baseman Rio Ruiz (14) Dirk Shadd  |  Tampa Bay Times
Though frustrated by latest injury, rookie infielder is focused on returning for postseason.