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The Most Important Week Of The Season

It’s the final week of July, and the Tampa Bay Rays find themselves with the most pivotal of situations upcoming: a homestand with both the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox, and the trade deadline approaching.  Steve Carney gets into the upcoming matchups plus goes through a number of players you have told him that you want to see the team go after before the deadline.

Steve also gets into what may end up being the most important deadline deal the franchose has ever made, bringing in designated hitter Nelson Cruz.  He explains his initial trepidations on the deal, but then tells you what made him feel great about the acquisition.  Plus you’ll hear from catcher Mike Zunino on what makes Cruz such a great teammate, and initial impressions from manager Kevin Cash on Cruz and Cruz on Cash.

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Steve Carney is the founder and publisher of St. Pete Nine. One of the people most associated with baseball coverage in Tampa Bay, he spent 13 seasons covering the Rays for flagship radio station WDAE, first as producer of Rays Radio broadcasts, then as beat reporter beginning in 2011. He likes new analytics and aged bourbon, and is the owner of one of the ugliest knuckleballs ever witnessed by baseball scouts.

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