In case you missed it, here were the top stories featured on FOX Sports Florida from Monday, March 11.
* It’s the game that’s been circled on every Orlando Magic fans’ calendar since the beginning of the season. Lakers at Magic — 7 p.m. ET — March 12, 2013. The return of Dwight Howard. Read More
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* There’s little similarity between Dwight Howard’s return Tuesday night as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers and Shaquille O’Neal’s return in his first season after leaving the Orlando Magic. Read More
* Tampay Bay’s Desmond Jennings scored the first run of a 6-4 loss to the Twins on Monday when he doubled to left-center in the first and came around on a double by Evan Longoria. Perhaps more impressive was Jennings’ turn at plate leading off the bottom of the third. After failing to get down a bunt on the first pitch, he worked the count full before walking. Read More
* Christian Yelich is making the Miami Marlins think about his role this year. The Marlins’ top position prospect spoiled Jon Lester’s five sharp innings, hitting a two-run homer with two outs in the ninth that lifted Miami to an 8-7 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Monday. Read More
* Washington Nationals’ left-hander Gio Gonzalez will start for the United States in its opener of round two Tuesday night against Puerto Rico at Marlins Park. Read More
* The Tampa Bay Rays have trimmed their spring roster to 54 players by optioning five pitchers to the minor leagues and reassigning three others to minor league camp. Read More
* Joel Peralta, a Dominican Republic native was selected as a member of his national team’s roster, but chose to skip the event, because of a lingering neck injury. Read More
* LeBron James is Miami’s biggest star and everybody else has become a member of his supporting cast. Read More
* The Marlins double-play combo between Donovan Solano and Adeiny Hechavarria is coming together. Read More
* Two issues will go far in determining the Rays’ direction in coming years, both on the field and on their bottom line. First, there’s the future of left-hander David Price, who will make $10,125,000 this season and remains under Tampa Bay’s control through the 2015 campaign. Second, the future of their home in the Tampa Bay region, whether it’s in St. Petersburg or nearby Hillsborough County or elsewhere, despite a lease that binds them to the maligned Tropicana Field until 2027. Read More
* LeBron James doesn’t win Eastern Conference Player of the Week every time. Honest.
The Miami Heat star might already have won five during his epic season. But on Monday teammate Dwyane Wade picked up one. Read More
* Former Cincinnati Reds star shortstop Barry Larkin rarely misses a University of Miami home basketball game. His son, Shane Larkin, is a star point guard for the Hurricanes and a strong candidate for ACC Player of the Year. Read More