Rays interview Dave Martinez and Manny Acta for their managerial vacancy

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The Rays’ search for Joe Maddon’s replacement continued today, as Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that bench coach Dave Martinez and former Indians and Nationals manager Manny Acta both interviewed for the vacant manager job.

The Rays spoke with Craig Counsell, Raul Ibanez, and Don Wakamatsu via phone yesterday. Triple-A Durham manager Charlie Montoyo, Indians bullpen coach Kevin Cash, and Giants bench coach Ron Wotus are also under consideration.

Martinez worked alongside Maddon for seven seasons, so he would appear to be a natural fit. During an appearance on MLB Network yesterday, third baseman Evan Longoria called Martinez “kind of the obvious pick” and reasoned that the front office “might not want to bring in further change.”

Tom Brady has moved into Derek Jeter’s mansion

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The Tampa Bay Times reports that the newest Tampa Bay Buccaneer, quarterback Tom Brady, has a new place to live in the Bay Area: Derek Jeter’s house:

Brady has arrived in Tampa Bay and is in the process of moving his family into the sprawling, 30,000-square foot mansion on Davis Islands built by Yankees Hall of Fame shortstop Derek Jeter, the Tampa Bay Times has confirmed. The home features seven bedrooms, nine bathrooms, an entertainment room and billiards room that wraps around a pool with two boat lifts providing access to Tampa Bay.

It’s like a crossover episode conceived by sports yakkers like me. It’s like a gift from Content Heaven. Like, I had NO reason to talk about Derek Jeter today, but now I can mention how much progress he has made as a human being. After all, a mere 16 years ago he wouldn’t move 25 feet to third base to make room for Alex Rodriguez — and wouldn’t move to his left for anything — but now he’s willing to completely move out of his house for Brady.

See, we can all grow, even in trying times like this. Bless you, Derek.