by John Mamola
Matt Andriese allowed six hits over eight innings, Colby Rasmus drove in four runs and the Tampa Bay Rays salvaged a split of a four-game series with Los Angeles by beating the Angels 4-0 on Thursday at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, FL. Andriese improved to 4-0 over his last five starts, holding the Angels to 1-11 with runners in scoring position.
Rasmus has struggled since his return to the roster. Rasmus has been 6 for 36 with 20 strikeouts over his previous 10 games after missing the first 27 games of the season following hip surgery.
In other news from around the state:
- Buccaneers running back Doug Martin is set to move on. Martin is still serving a suspension for violating the league's policy on substances of abuse, Martin is back at offseason training activities. "I was there long enough," Martin said of his stay in a rehab clinic. "I was there long enough, and I was there to the point I'm strong now, mentally strong and physically strong."
- Another name has emerged in the Florida Panthers? search for a new head coach, as San Jose Sharks assistant Bob Boughner has told the San Jose Mercury News that he will interview for the vacancy. For the past two seasons, Boughner, 46, has been a Sharks assistant under Pete DeBoer, who coached the Panthers for three seasons from 2008-11.
- Florida and Florida State will kick off the 2017 football season with marquee matchups, one during the afternoon, the other in prime time. The Gators? game against Michigan will start at 3:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 2 in the AdvoCare Classic at Arlington, Texas. After that, the Seminoles will take on Alabama at 8 p.m. in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in Atlanta.