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: Kelly Shoppach. Shoppach showed some of his power with his first home run in a Rays uniform…Dale Thayer. Thayer showed that he can work more than one inning by allowing just 2 baserunners in 2.1 innings.
THE BAD: Andy Sonnanstine. Of the 6 batters The Duke faced, he went to 3-balls 5 times, walking 3. He only survived the inning thanks to a double-play…Wade Davis. Big Dub wasn’t much better, walking 3 of the 9 batters he faced…Tim Beckham. Same ol’ thing as Beckham committed 2 throwing errors.
THE TELLING: The lineup used by Joe Maddon could very well be the same one we see during the season versus lefties, with Ben Zobrist at second, Gabe Kapler in right, Kelly Shoppach behind the plate and BJ Upton batting 7th…Desmond Jennings is expected to play today.
DEVIL DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- Jon Heyman is reporting that the Rays are in “serious talks” with Hank Blalock…Blalock hasn’t had a full season with a .350 wOBA since 2004 and in the last 5 years he was worth 2.5 wins. TOTAL. Look for this deal to get done in the next day or two. Look for the contract to be a minor league deal with an option for Blalock to become a free agent if he is not in the majors by a certain date. [Twitter]
- Pat Burrell wants to play right field. Joe Maddon will let him during spring training (starting today). But the regular season? Yeah, good luck with that Pat. [Rays Report]
- Marc Topkin reports that Joe Maddon is treating this spring more like he did back in 2008…In the same piece Topkin notes that Rocco Baldelli will get to wear #5 as long as he is working with the minor leaguers. No word on what would happen should he be activated at some point this season. [St. Pete Times]
- Roger Mooney looks back at the biggest home run in Rays history. [Tampa Tribune]
- Gary Shelton ranks the top 10 owners of Tampa Bay sports teams. Stuart Sternberg is not #1. [St. Pete Times]
- Rays Prospects takes a closer look at Jeremy Hellickson’s first appearance with the Rays. [Rays Prospects]