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. Rodriguez hit his second home run in 2 games. Again the wind was blowing out, and there is some dispute about whether the balls would have left the park without the wind. Still, nobody else in the lineup has two home runs, so it is nice to see…Jake McGee. McGee took another huge step in his comeback from Tommy John surgery, pitching a perfect inning with two strikeouts…Joaquin Benoit. Benoit, who missed all of 2009, also looked strong in his first appearance, allowing one baserunner (triple) in one inning of work. He faced the O’s starters in the third inning.
THE BAD: What is the Date? With the game tied, one out and runners on first and third in the 9th, the Orioles intentionally walked minor leaguer JJ Furmaniak to load the bases…Injuries. First it was Willy Aybar out at least a week. Then Desmond Jennings gets hit by a pitch and is still out. Yesterday it was Grant Balfour taking a groundball off his wrist. He is apparently OK.
THE TELLING: Desmond Jennings had x-rays on his arm that were negative after being hit with a pitch in the spring opener. However, there was quite a bit of swelling yesterday and he is day-to-day…Jeff Niemann only threw fastballs and cutters in his two innings of work. He gave up a leadoff home run but then retired the next 6.
DEVIL DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- The folks at 2K Sports were kind enough to provide me with a copy “MLB 2K10” which features Evan Longoria on the cover and is now available in stores. I’m going to spend the next couple of days taking this for a test drive. Tell my wife and daughter that I love them and I will see them Monday.
- According to Tim Marchum of SI.com, Andrew Friedman is the best GM in baseball. Unfortunately, Theo Epstein of the Red Sox and Brian Cashman of the Yankees are 2 and 3 respectively. [SI.com]
- Ken Rosenthal reports that the Rays and Marlins have made minor league offers to Hank Blalock, but neither team is making Blalock a priority. Rosenthal says the Rays were more interested in Russell Branyan because he could play the outfield. [Twitter]
- Fangraphs takes a closer look at what type of player Hank Blalock is these days. [Fangraphs]
- BJ Upton and his brother have revealed the finalists for their new logo at their website. [The Upton Brothers]
- Elliot Johnson’s most memorable moment in a Rays uni came during the 2008 spring training when he collided with a Yankees catcher. Some look at that moment as when the Rays announced their presence in the AL East with authority. Johnson just hopes that is not what he is remembered for. [Tampa Tribune]
- The Hudson Valley Renegades now have an iPhone app. [The Renegades Rundown]
- Joe Smith writes about the Rays next great outfielder, Desmond Jennings. [St. Pete Times]
- Watching Durham Bulls Baseball has a list of the players to watch this spring, from a triple-A perspective. [Watching Durham Bulls Baseball]
- Roger Mooney has 5 questions for Ben Zobrist. [Tampa Tribune]
- If the Rays stay in St. Pete, their likely future home, the Toytown landfill site, was approved for rezoning by the St. Pete City Council. [10Connects.com]