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Kevin Kiermaier is Rays’ Heart & Hustle Award recipient

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By Ashley Reams Mistretta

After being called one of the league’s top defensive outfielders by Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon, rookie Kevin Kiermaier has one more accolade to add to his list of achievements.

Kiermaier has been named the Rays’ recipient of the 2014 Heart & Hustle Award, according to the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association (MLBPAA), which gives the honor. Kiermaier is one of 30 preliminary winners of the esteemed award, which honors active players who demonstrate a passion for baseball and best embody the values, spirit and tradition of the game.

One player from each Major League team is chosen annually. The final winner will be announced Nov. 18 at the 15th annual Legends for Youth Dinner in New York City.

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TRENDING: Queens Guard plays ‘Game of Thrones’ theme

Published:   |   Updated: July 21, 2014 at 03:21 PM
By Katie Rains

Now we know what The Queen’s Guard does away from their posts, they watch HBO’s hit show like the rest of us.

The Queens guard thrilled visitors with their own rendition of the “Game of Thrones” theme song in front of Buckingham Palace. The guards known for being statuesque and unmoving at their posts couldn’t resist breaking out the tune of Westeros. It’s not the first time the band took up a popular tune, they are also known to kick around the Imperial March from Star Wars.

Luckily someone caught this lasted popular tune on tape and shared with the rest of us. After being posted less than a week ago, it’s on it’s way to getting 1.5 million views.

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Tampa ranks No. 1 in list of ‘America’s Top 10 Emerging Beer Towns’

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By Ashley Reams Mistretta

These days, it seems you can’t hang out with a group of friends without someone mentioning their new favorite craft beer.

Not that we’re complaining. In fact, Tampa’s love of local brews has put it No. 1 on a list of the top 10 emerging beer towns in the good ol’ U.S. of A. by Seattle-based drinking blog The Pour Fool.

In the July 19 post “America’s Top 10 Emerging Beer Towns,” writer Steve Body says Tampa shows “what it means to have a great, ground-breaking brewery that sets the bar, blazes the trail, and shows consumers what’s possible, so that everybody can avoid that strait-jacket of the endless iterations of IPA/Pale/Stout/Porter/ESB/Amber and nothing else.”

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Hammock Day, education discussion and more things to do Tuesday

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By Ashley Reams Mistretta

Looking for something to do Tuesday, July 22? Here are a few ideas.

♦ Only 2 seats left

Want to be on Irish 31’s Board of Directors? On the last Tuesday of each month, “The People’s Pub” invites 13 guests to sample chef-inspired creations and a variety of alcoholic beverages it might add to its menu. Irish 31 announced Monday afternoon that there are only two seats left for Tuesday’s free event. You can send them a private message on Facebook if you’d like to attend. And, hey, if you miss this one, there’s always August.

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‘It’s a good time to learn some grammar’ in Weird Al’s version of Blurred Lines

Published:   |   Updated: July 21, 2014 at 12:45 AM
By Katie Rains

I can hear the cheers of English teachers across the globe as I listen to one of “Weird Al’s” latest parodies.

“Weird Al” Yankovic sure hates those Word Crimes. This parody is sure to thrill grammar snobs alike as the song explores congregations and nomenclature, the proper uses for less and fewer, and contractions.

It seems like no top pop star is exempt from Weird Al’s parodies in his new album “Mandatory Fun”. Yankovic takes on chart toppers like Lorde, Iggy Azalea, Robin Thicke, Miley Cyrus, One Direction and Pharrell Williams in his new album released on Tuesday.

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Golf Champion Tyler Whitehurst tees off in Special Olympics Tournament

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By Olivia Stacey

At the age of 22, Tyler Whitehurst has had experiences most avid golfers only dream about. He’s played with golf great Brendan Steele, met Tiger Woods and Padraig Harrington, as well as attended numerous PGA Tour events. Tyler is also a national champion himself.

He has won gold and silver medals at the Special Olympics National Invitational and has held a consistently high local and state record. Now he prepares for his next competition at Sunday’s Special Olympics Area Tournament. Seventy Tampa Bay athletes will tee off with Tyler on July 20 at the Belleview Biltmore Golf Club. The winners of the tournament will go on to states in September.

The tournament promotes more than golf, it also helps these athletes develop confidence, social skills and work ethic. Tyler was diagnosed at age 5 with Asperger’s syndrome, a form of autism that affects a person’s ability to socialize and communicate effectively with others. For Tyler, golf has always been a natural fit. It’s where he feels most comfortable and when you see him play, you know he’s in his element.

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Gladiators mark your calendars for the Fall Scandal Premier and more

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By Katie Rains

Dust off your white hats and pour the red wine because ABC released their Fall premier dates for Scandal and all or your favorite ABC shows.

The big day is Thursday September 25, 2014.

Thursday nights will soon been the quintessential girls night as Shonda Rhimes takes over the programming. The networks has moved Grey’s and Scandal up an hour to allow a spot for Shondaland’s newest drama, How To Get Away with Murder, airing at 10 p.m. EST.

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Entertainment Weekly teases Avengers fans

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By Katie Rains

This weeks Entertainment Weekly cover is what Marvel fans have been waiting for, an exclusive first look at the new villain, Ultron, and new suits for Iron Man and Captain America, played by the heroically handsome Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans respectively.

The Avengers: Age of Ultron is set after our heroes have saved the world about 9 times and would like some down time. Tony Stark designs a way to not have to don his Iron Man suit by creating an Iron Legion and designs Ultron to lead the band. Being a self aware being with artificial intelligence his job is to find and resolve conflict and realizes that earth’s problems would be much easier to manage if humans were no longer there. I think you see where the need for the Avengers comes into play.

Entertainment Weekly may have you itching for the blockbuster, but you’ll have to wait until next summer. The release date is May 1, 2015.

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Self Serve Beer and All Star Baseball collide tonight in Minnesota

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By Katie Rains

Tap. Snap. Tilt. Enjoy (responsibly).

Those 4 steps are the instructions to Draft Serv’s self serve beer machines in Target Field. The Minnesota Twins home field is the first MLB stadium to get a Draft Serv self serve beer machine and it’s biggest trial run is tonight at the MLB All Star Game.

The two machines arrived a few weeks ago allowing local fans to try them out and get used to the concept before the expected 40,000 fans ascended on the Minneapolis field for All Star Week. Draft Serv continues to find great success in Europe, Asia and Australia but all eyes are on Target Field, this is when the process gets put to the test in the US.

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Get to know Tampa Bay Rays’ Brandon Guyer

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By Olivia Stacey

Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Brandon Guyer was known as an accomplished base stealer in the minors. Guyer is now showing that ability in the major leagues and proving himself to be a vital piece on the Rays roster. Before the All-Star break, we talked with Guyer about his MLB career and off-field interests. Why did he start playing baseball? What superpower does he wish to have? Who’s the funniest person on the team? Take a look at the video.

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