The GBT – 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: Blackout. At least many of us didn’t have to watch that crap. Thanks FOX!

THE BAD: Schedule. Thanks to 2 off-days in the first week, the Yankees were able to skip their 5th starter and still have CC Sabathia on an extra day of  rest. Meanwhile, the Rays have yet to have a day off and had to oppose Sabathia with Wade Davis, a pitcher that almost lost his job to Andy Sonnanstine. Needless to say, the result wasn’t far from expected…Ugh. CC Sabathia after the game on the number of Yankees fans at the game: “It felt like we were at home.”

THE TELLING: We don’t think we are going out on a limb here when we say that the hit by Kelly Shoppach to break up the no-hitter in the 8th, was a bigger hit than any Dioner Navarro will have all season…Joe Girardi announced after the game that CC Sabathia was coming out of the game after Kelly Shoppach even if the no-hitter was still intact saying he didn’t want Sabathia to go past 115 pitches (he finished with 111).

DEVIL DOGS WEBTOPIA

  • Jeff Niemann feels better and is expected to throw a bullpen session today. [Tampa Tribune]
  • Joe Maddon says he will continue to use Pat Burrell as his most-days DH. [Tampa Tribune]
  • Joe Maddon talks about his use of the defensive shift and Carlos Pena talks about hitting against one. [Tampa Tribune]
  • Joe Henderson writes that Kelly Shoppach’s denied us a great debate. [Tampa Tribune]

DOWN ON THE FARM

  • Check out “The Rundown” from Rays Prospects for boxscores and more detailed recaps. [Rays Prospects]
  • DURHAM: Matt Joyce left the game after being hit by a pitch in the first inning…John Jaso was 2-4 with a double and Fernando Perez was 2-5 with a triple. Perez also stole 2 bases…Chris Richard hit his first home run…
  • MONTGOMERY: Jake McGee threw 5 shutout innings in his first double-A start since 2008. He struck out 3 and walked 2…Emeel Salem was 2-2 with a pair of walks…
  • CHARLOTTE: Matt Sweeney went 0-4 with a pair of strikeouts and an error…Anthony Scelfo was 4-5.
  • BOWLING GREEN: Brett Nommensen, the Rays 8th round pick last year, went 3-4 with a triple and a walk.
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  1. Bigred says:

    Will you stop with the Wade Davis crap! he didnt almost lose his job to sonny, and to say "UGH" to a guys first outing, first game with a new catcher, aybar at first, and no run support is retarded. get ahold of yourselves.

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    • The "ugh" was for the 15,000 Yankees fans in attendance and CC Sabathia's quote. And if you don't think Sonny had a real shot at being the 5th starter this spring had Howell stayed healthy, then you just weren't paying attention.

      The point was simply that a Sabathia-Davis matchup is considerably one-sided. To say that Davis is not as good as Sabathia is not a stretch, nor should it be considered an insult. Few pitchers are.

      And if you noticed, I never wrote one word about Davis' actual performance. I simply stated that I didn't have much hope for a win going into the game. Something I stated on this website a week ago when I first knew Davis would face Sabathia.

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  2. TheRevTy says:

    Prof, Davis is touted as a potential future ace. I confess to being new (or at least rusty) when it comes to evaluating baseball. Is he just not there yet?

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    • 99% of the time spring stats mean nothing. But little known fact: This year Wade Davis set a Rays franchise record for walks in the spring. So he just never found his groove this spring. Add to that he had to make his first start of the year against the best offense in the big leagues. To get knocked around by the Yankees is nothing to worry about. What he needs is a bad team to get his feet back under him and i think he will be fine. Unfortunately his next two starts will be in Boston and at the White Sox.

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  3. Don says:

    I wonder if SABATHIA "felt at home" Friday night when Price kicked their ass and the loudest chanting of the night was the "Yankees Suck"....which was heard thru out the stadium and probably on TV.
    Welcome home Sabathia!
    Todays the rubber game to see if the Rays have the balls to stick up for themselves after a disaster yesterday (regardless of who pitched for the Rays)!

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  4. CR90 says:

    That was hard to watch, about the fifth inning, I was telling my self "I want this to be over cause I'm sick of hearing Yankee fans out cheer the Rays fans in our stadium", it was disgusting. But honestly, I'd rather take a loss to a two-hitter than a loss to a no-hitter. I hope we give them payback today!

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  5. Rome says:

    I was at the game. 15,000 yankees fans is a stretch. How many Rays fans want to cheer when your team is losing 6-0 and their ace is dealing? It was MAYBE 8,000 and most of them were on the third base side of the field. Near the end of the game everyone cheered because of a classy showing by Rays fans. There were probably as many Yankees fans yesterday as there were on Friday. You didn't hear the Yankees fans on Friday because... the Yankees were losing. Davis pitched well, but he just go 1-uped by Sabathia. It happens. I would still rather have Davis everyday out of the week rather then Sonny.

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    • Tone says:

      Amen to that. Sonny is a nightmare 3 out 4 times. Davis just fell behind and walked too many. Sonny leaves meatballs at 86mph down the middle.

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  6. Rome says:

    Is Blalock still a bull? Anyone? I haven't seen him in the Bulls box scores the last two days.

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  7. Tone says:

    That was beyond horrible, but thank god it was not worse. Now it was just a really bad loss at home(shut out) and we can all move on and hope that the bats make some noise. That just proves that no matter who is the hitting coach the Rays' offense is spotty and super streaky. Thank goodness Navi was on the bench. Shelton has his work cut out for him. Burrell and Upton look the same(maybe a few more foul offs), but every game so far getting a hit or an rbi seems to take the team around 4 or 5 innings. That is pure shit, and you will be put down quickly if that crap keeps happening. This start has me worried, they just look so bad at the plate. Garza and Price look like Super Studs. Hope the bats don't blank out on their days. Anyway, Shields does not do well against the Yanks so this game will be very tough. I am going to hear it from crappy Yankee fans at work if we don't pull it off today.

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  8. Alex says:

    Where was the game blacked out on Fox? I was able to get it in St Pete.

    In response to Tone: Navarro has looked better against RH pitching than Shoppach has against lefties and that's what he's here for. Other than his throw to LF Navarro has been better than Shoppach has so far. Also Shoppach should not be allowed to go against RH pitching. Now that is a joke to watch.

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  9. Brian H says:

    i was not there on saturday, but i was there on friday and i couldnt believe how little yankees fans were there. i was extremely worried about how many yankee fans would arrive given a wrold championship run. However when i showed up, I went to a packed concessions line and couldnt find a yankees jersey in sight. and even todd kalas commented on it after the game friday.

    So again professor i am not sure where this different in point of view has come from by pointing out everylittle bad thing about attendance. but just like in the papaer i guessi should expect to read it all year long, does not seem like its changing anytime soon.

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    • I didnt make up the quote by Sabathia. And I was listening to the game on the radio. Every out from the 5th inning on sounded like it was Yankee Stadium. So maybe the Yankees fans are just really loud. Or maybe they were all sitting next to the mics. I dont know. But I heard a lot of cheering for the Yankees and so did Sabathia.

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  10. Razzlegator says:

    I was at yesterdays game, and there were a lot of Yankee maggots at the game. They were loud and obnoxious from the first hit(a single no less), as they always are. There were a lot more Rays fans there though, just nothing to cheer about. Pitching Sabathia instead of their #5 says something about their rotation as well as how much they wanted the win. And finally, yes Don, "Yankees suck" came over the TV loud and clear on Fri. night . A more accurate chant would be "Yankee fans suck".

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