The GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe.
THE GOOD: Sean Rodriguez. Rodzilla is becoming a fixture here. Yesterday was a diving catch and a single that he hustled into a double…Hank Blalock. Another double for Blalock, who now has 3 in limited action…James Shields. In what looked like a mid-June start, Shields allowed just 1 run in 5 innings of work, striking out 3 and walking none. And in typical Shieldsian fashion, the one run was a solo HR.
THE BAD: Rays Beat Reporters. Please stop calling Sean Rodriguez “S-Rod.” There is nothing in the AP Style Guide that says every big league ballplayer with the last name “Rodriguez” should have his name abbreviated in this manner. If you want to throw one out there every once in a while, that’s cool. But let’s not make it a habit. K? Thx.
THE TELLING: Rafael Soriano made his debut with the Rays, striking out the first two batters he faced. He did give up a double and hit a batter…Matt Joyce participated in a minor league going 1-6.
DEVIL DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- Programming note: We are off to New Orleans for the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament, so updates around here will be few and far between for the next couple of days. We think you will survive just fine.
- Fernando Perez, John Jaso, Jose Lobaton and Chris Richard were sent to minor league camp.
- Love this line: “How did [the Reds] go a year with Jonny Gomes on the team and no fights?” And when various players were asked who they wanted on their side in a fight, Gomes was the unanimous choice. When told about this, Gomes responded “You don’t need a second. I’ll be No. 2, too”…We miss that guy (thanks Doug). [CNATI]
- Joe Maddon called the battle for the 5th spot in the rotation between Wade Davis and Andy Sonnanstine, “the proverbial flip of a coin”…More to come on this later today. [St. Pete Times]
- Roger Mooney writes that Andy Sonnanstine’s “rigorous offseason workout program” is paying off this spring. [Tampa Tribune]
- Former Rays prospect Elijah Dukes was released by the Nationals yesterday. Some are saying the move had nothing to do with off-the field issues…Umm, when was the last time a team released a young, talented starting player that was making the league minimum? Not even the Rays are that cheap (Dukes’ contract was non-guranteed). [MLB Trade Rumors]
- Marc Topkin writes about Rafael Soriano’s debut. [St. Pete Times]
- Roger Mooney has 5 questions for Heath Phillips. [Tampa Tribune]