THE GOOD: The Red Sox were swept in Anaheim by the Angels, maintaining the Rays 1.5 game lead in the AL East.
THE BAD: The Yankees swept the A’s. We suppose the good news there is that the Rays now have one less enemy in the wild card hunt. After trading two starting pitchers the A’s are now 5 back of the Sox and 6.5 behind the Rays. However, the Yankees are now only 3 back in the wild card and only 4.5 behind the Rays.
THE TELLING: BJ Upton was back in the 2-hole yesterday, one day after being dropped to the 7th spot in the rotation.
DEVIL RAYS WEBTOPIA…
- Sad news for those of you still holding out hope that Gary Glover would be desginated for assignment…Troy Percival was activated from the DL and Glover was added to the DL with a sore calf. Percy pitched the 9th inning yesterday, striking out 1 and allowing only 1 hit. [Tampa Tribune]
- Troy Percival has been talking to Grant Balfour about what it takes to be a big league closer. [St. Pete Times]
- Martin Fennelly breaks down all the reasons the Rays can and can’t make the playoffs this season. [Tampa Tribune]
- Jonny Gomes who started yesterday is also expected to start all three games in the series that starts today with the A’s as Oakland will start three lefties. [MLB]