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    The Morgan Auto Group Charity Polo Classic took place on the 21st. The ladies put on their big hats and the men donned their bowties, and we raised a lot of money for Big Brothers, Big Sisters and Children's Cancer Center. This recap is brought to you by Marco's Pizza, who graciously donated $2,000 during the event. More>>

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    Florida ranks fourth in the country for the number of women-owned businesses, contributing $77.4 billion to the state's economy. More>>

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    Every year, Morgan Auto Group hosts their annual Charity Polo Classic. It's an event unlike any other in this area.This year, it is taking place on March 21st and benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay and Children's Cancer Center. More>>

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    In 2010, James Santella, a firefighter from Spring Hill, started having trouble putting his gear on. Shortly after, he was diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.
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    Boys and Girls Clubs play a vital role in communities across the country. Here in the Bay Area, the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Suncoast serve as a safe place for local kids to learn and grow. Each year, they select somebody who promotes service to the club and shows strong moral character and academic success as their Youth of the Year. Recently, Kassindjaa Montague was given this honor. She sits down with Jenn to tell us her story. More>>

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    Kubel enjoying new home

    Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - It's unclear if Jason Kubel does his banking at Chase, but he sure is cashing in now that he plays his home games at the ballpark sponsored by the financial firm.

    Kubel blasted three homers and drove in six Saturday night to raise his season line to .294/20/70. The blasts were his seventh, eighth and ninth of July in just 14 games. The outfielder is on pace to easily eclipse his career highs of 28 home runs and 103 RBIs, both set in 2009, and there really is no mystery behind the surge.

    While Target Field is notorious for swallowing up fly balls from lefty hitters - Twins stars Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau have only managed to hit 10 home runs total in 272 combined games at Minnesota's home, which opened in 2010 - Chase Field has given Kubel teeth.

    Kubel has belted 15 homers while hitting .331 at his new home ballpark in Phoenix after the Diamondbacks signed him away from the Twins in the offseason. This comes after Kubel hit just 12 home runs total in 111 games at Target Field in the previous two seasons combined.

    The Diamondbacks' park is ranked second in MLB Park Factors for runs with 1.436 and third in homers with 1.593 (1.000 is neutral, while any rate higher than that indicates hitter friendly conditions).

    The only category I'm not buying is Kubel's batting average. The outfielder is striking out far too often to hit .290-.300 (career high 25.4 percent strikeout percentage and career low 58 percent ball-in-play percentage), and he's had tremendous luck with a .348 BABIP.

    Fortunately, Kubel's power numbers shouldn't see a decline even with a batting average regression because he's exercising extreme patience at the plate. The outfielder is fourth in baseball in pitches per plate appearance with 4.31, also a career high. He's walking a career-high 10.5 percent of the time, and more importantly, he's waiting for his pitch, and clobbering it when it comes.

    Kubel is hitting more fly balls than ever before, but he's also managed to pick up an extra-base hit 12 percent of the time, a statistic partially aided by his friendly home ballpark and partially due to his 21 percent line drive percentage, up three percent from last season and six percent from 2010.

    The outfielder has been a solid bat for three out of four months this season, hitting .333 with three homers and a .928 OPS in April, .289 with seven home runs, 27 RBIs and a .911 OPS in June before surging this month, so it's not like he's a flash in the pan.

    Kubel is ranked 38th overall in Yahoo! leagues on the strength of Saturday's performance, but he's still available in 25 percent of leagues. This man should be universally owned, as he's going to be among the league leaders in homers and RBIs while posting an above average OPS in the remaining months this season.

    Comments? Criticism? Applause? Contact Thomas J. Harrigan at tharrigan@sportsnetwork.com.

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    Welcome to Great38 Tampa Bay WTTA-TV/DT - WFLA News Channel 8

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      Trio talks about 900 mile trek across Florida Video included

      Updated:

      You may remember these familiar faces. Mallory Lykes Dimmitt and Joe Guthrie stopped by Great 38 News Now in January before they set off on their 900 mile trek across the state of Florida. More>>

      • Great Stuff

      News Now: JDRF is walking for a cure Video included

      Updated:

      JDRF is walking for a cure. Their goal is to create a world without type 1 diabetes. To help raise awareness and funds, they are holding a 5k walk on April 11th at Amalie Arena. Nicole Johnson and Tim Rivers stopped by to fill us in and to share their stories of living with diabetes. More>>

      News Now: Morgan Auto Group Charity Polo Classic Video included

      Updated:

      The Morgan Auto Group Charity Polo Classic took place on the 21st. The ladies put on their big hats and the men donned their bowties, and we raised a lot of money for Big Brothers, Big Sisters and Children's Cancer Center. This recap is brought to you by Marco's Pizza, who graciously donated $2,000 during the event. More>>

      St Pete pet shelter reminds about vaccination Video included

      Updated:

      Natalia Lima from Friends of Strays brought Vixen by the studio to remind us of the importance of vaccinating your pets. More>>

      Pinellas deputy who broke up beach fight tells how he did it Video included

      Updated:

      Pinellas County Sheriff's deputy Sgt. Bryan Bingham went viral a few weeks ago when a video surfaced of him breaking up a fight on St. Pete Beach. More>>

      New centre opens doors to business women in Tampa Bay Video included

      Updated:

      Florida ranks fourth in the country for the number of women-owned businesses, contributing $77.4 billion to the state's economy. More>>

      News Now: Charity Polo Classic Video included

      Updated:

      Every year, Morgan Auto Group hosts their annual Charity Polo Classic. It's an event unlike any other in this area.This year, it is taking place on March 21st and benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay and Children's Cancer Center. More>>

      Celebrating Music Education Spirit Week

      Updated:

      We are celebrating kids who rock with Music Education Spirit Week! Lorri Naylor, a Lowry Elementary School teacher and a part of the Hillsborough County Elementary Music Educators Council, fills us in on the festivities.
      More>>

      USF 'Young Innovator' creates anti-bully band Video included

      Updated:

      Every year, USF holds their Young Innovator Competition, encouraging kids between kindergarten and 8th grade to invent something new or improve upon something that already exists. Meet Alexis Martin, this year's winner. The Anti-Bully Band she invented is her plan to stop bullying. More>>

      Tournament to honor Spring Hill firefighter

      Updated:

      In 2010, James Santella, a firefighter from Spring Hill, started having trouble putting his gear on. Shortly after, he was diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.
      More>>

      Boys and Girls Clubs of the Suncoast 'Youth of the Year'

      Updated:

      Boys and Girls Clubs play a vital role in communities across the country. Here in the Bay Area, the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Suncoast serve as a safe place for local kids to learn and grow. Each year, they select somebody who promotes service to the club and shows strong moral character and academic success as their Youth of the Year. Recently, Kassindjaa Montague was given this honor. She sits down with Jenn to tell us her story. More>>

      Out and About
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      • Summer heat this weekend for Tampa Bay

        Summer heat this weekend for Tampa Bay

        Friday, April 17 2015 4:57 PM EDT2015-04-17 20:57:45 GMT
        "Extra clouds will linger across the Tampa Bay area Sunday night, but rain chances are fairly low," said Storm Team 8 Meteorologist Julie Phillips.
        "Extra clouds will linger across the Tampa Bay area Sunday night, but rain chances are fairly low," said Storm Team 8 Meteorologist Julie Phillips.
      • Heath Matters: Trinity Spine Center

        Heath Matters: Trinity Spine Center

        Wednesday, March 18 2015 11:05 AM EDT2015-03-18 15:05:08 GMT
        Trinity Spine Center uses Stem Cells for Back Pain.Stem cells are master cells of the body that are available for repairing damaged tissues and organs including spine discs and cartilage cushions in the joints.
        Trinity Spine Center uses Stem Cells for Back Pain.Stem cells are master cells of the body that are available for repairing damaged tissues and organs including spine discs and cartilage cushions in the joints.
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