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The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe.

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THE GOOD: Needed Win. After the way the Rays lost on Sunday and considering how they have played most of the season on Getaway Day, the Rays needed to come out early and remove any pressure that may have built up over the course of the game. The offense did that with each of the first 6 batters of the game scoring, capped by Carlos Pena’s AL-leading 38th HR…James Shields. It was ugly, but it was effective. With a 6-run lead before even taking the mound, Shields needed to just throw strikes and let the defense make the plays. He gave up 5 runs (4 earned) ultimately, but he only walked 1 and worked 7 innings for the win…Jason Bartlett. 3 more hits to raise his average to .340 including his 12th HR, a 400-foot blast…Big Bats. Carlos Pena and Evan Longoria combined to go 6-10 with 5 runs scored and 5 RBI.

THE BAD: Strange. (ok, this really isn’t bad…) If we had told you back in March that the Rays would play a big game in the middle of the playoff race with Jason Bartlett, Gabe Kapler and Ben Zobrist as the 1-2-3 hitters, you would have laughed.

THE TELLING: The Rays picked up a game on Texas who lost yesterday. The Rays trail the Rangers by just 1 game in the Wild Card…The Rays are 13-2 against the Red Sox at the Trop over the past 2 seasons.

SUNBURST PLAYER OF THE GAME: Carlos Pena

DEVIL DOGS WEBTOPIA

  • If you missed it late last night, Fox Sports is reporting that the Player to be Named Later in the Scott Kazmir deal is one of two players. [Rays Index]
  • The Rays will add Jeff Bennett, Shawn Riggans, Fernando Perez and Andy Sonnanstine to the roster today. That means no Reid Brignac, Matt Joyce or Michel Hernandez. However, Marc Topkin does report that more players will be added at a later date. The Rays may be waiting to see how the Wild Card race unfolds and leaving any unneeded players in Durham for their own playoff race. [The Heater]
  • Joe Maddon had a telling message for his team prior to yesterday’s game. [Rays Report]
  • Joe Maddon is hopeful that a different Andy Sonnanstine is coming back to the Trop. Maddon says that he is hearing The Duke was better against righties at Durham, something he struggled with early in the year…While Sonny is better, it is still not great. While with the Rays earlier this year, right-handed batters were hitting .370. At Durham, the number was still a not-very-good .323. [Tampa Tribune]
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  1. Brett says:

    Big win yesterday, a little scary at the end but lets hope our bullpen settles down. Aki's return and a strong September Sonnanstine might be just what this team needs to pull of what would be just short of a miracle and nab the wild card spot.

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  2. Beth says:

    Jeff Bennett????!!?? Why?

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    • bobrittner says:

      I think part of the reason is that he has been stretched out a bit as a starter and the Rays want another long reliever available in case of a blowout so that they do not have to waste other relievers. As the AAA season winds down, it is possible, even likely, that others will be called up.

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      • Beth says:

        Yeah, I know that's their explanation, but stretch out someone else!! While pitching for the Rays he gave up about 1 run per inning. Looking at his Durham stats, he got that down to about a run every two innings. Is this a record that's crying out to be part of a pennant race? There's no one in Durham with an ERA below 4.0?

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  3. Brett says:

    Why Jeff Bennet? Because the Rays seem to like bullpen arms that nobody else wants...

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  4. Don says:

    Sonnanstine Vs Lester....boy...
    What was the name of that movie "The Miracle at the Trop-2009"...
    If this goes our way...... anything could be possible!

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  5. Rayhawk says:

    Can someone help me here, i thought in order to be eligible for the post season, you had to be up before the end of August?. If so does this mean we dont think we are going to make the playoffs? I need clarification....Thanks

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    • Technically, the only players eligible for the post-season are players on the 25-man roster and the DL on August 31. BUT there is a loop-hole that says anybody on the 60-day DL may be replaced all the way up to when post-season rosters are announced. Right now the Rays have two guys on the 60-day DL (Izzy and Percy), so if they make the playoffs, they can add up to 2 players that were not on the roster prior to September. This is how both David Price and Michel Hernandez were able to be on the post-season roster last season.

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