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Tampa Bay Rays News and Links: Dodgers Force Game Five

Willy’s Brewers fall to the Braves, and the Astro oust the White Sox. Which means the Giants are our last hope.

MLB: NLDS-San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles Dodgers Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

Evil is triumphing over good all over the place in the LDS. The Braves knocked off the Brewers yesterday while Astros dispatched the White Sox. Meanwhile, late last night the Dodgers forced Game Five against the Giants. Game Five will be Thursday at 9:07 PM.

“This is what baseball wants.”

The Braves are without Jorge Soler.

TLR says the Astros have a character deficit, which is both true and also some mouth puckeringly sour grapes.

Is this sour grapes too? Or is it just facts is facts? Either way, below is the Umpire Scorecard on Ron Kulpa’s Rays/Red Sox Game Four zone. It actually wasn’t as bad as I thought, but it was still abysmal, and is just unacceptable for a playoff game. Robo umps can’t get here soon enough.

Shane McClanahan was not happy about losing.

Some perspective from Joe Sheehan and Jeff Sullivan.

R.J. on the Rays’ roster churn, and Wander.

Erik Neander joins Neil.

The Times ran an editorial that could have been written by Stu.

Fanatics may be moving in on RSNs.

In non-baseball news, the fallout continued for Jon Gruden for his gobsmackingly racist, sexist, and homophobic remarks, as the Bucs will be taking down his name from the Ring of Honor.

The Lightning raised the Stanley Cup banner before last night’s opener.

Also, anthem singer Sonya Bryson-Kirksey, who spent a month in the hospital with COVID this offseason, returned with a rousing rendition.

Finally, this doggo is not a stuffed animal.