• BJ Upton was benched for this afternoon’s game for not running out a ground ball back to the pitcher in the 9th inning of last night’s game. Joe Maddon did not rule out using him late in the game. [The Heater]
  • As we expected, Rocco Baldelli is waiting for a roster spot to come available. Marc Lancaster speculates that Ben Zobrist will be sent back to Durham tomorrow when Jason Bartlett is ready to play SS. However, we wonder if Zobrist will stick around as a utility-guy for a few more days as the Rays are not scheduled to face a lefty until at least next Tuesday. [Rays Report]
  • Jason Bartlett and Carl Crawford are both expected back in their familiar positions on Thursday. [MLB]
  • The Tampa [sic] Rays have become the business-model for at least one non-sports entity. [tvnewsday]
  • Remember way back in Spring Training when RF and DH was supposed to be a 3-headed monster, with Jonny Gomes, Cliff Floyd and Rocco Baldelli? Yeah, us neither. [Herald-Tribune]
  • Jonny Gomes is starting to wonder aloud if his career with the Rays is over. [Herald-Tribune]
  • Last night was only the 5th time in franchise history that the Rays posted win #67. Bugs and Cranks compares last night’s win to the previous 4. [Bugs and Cranks]
  • Jerry Crasnick says the Rays are only the 9th best bullpen of all the teams still in contention. [ESPN]


  1. Scot Gould says:

    10-7 Rays!!!!

    OH MAN!!!!!

    I understand an opportunity is an opportunity, but we missed the blog game of the year.

    (and lets hear it for Gabe "Greg" Gross...)

    Hurry back. The Rays are for real.

  2. steve says:

    I would take Zobrist over Aybar any day of the week. Willy shows me nothing.

  3. Mike says:

    agreed. but Aybar is out of options and the Rays don't want to lose a guy if they dont have to.


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