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: David Price. Not so much for his pitching, which wasn’t terrible. He struck out 9 and walked 2. 74 of his 108 pitches were strikes. Rather, Price was the lone bright spot offensively outside of Carl Crawford. Price had a single in one plate appearance and worked a 10-pitch at bat in another before striking out. If not for those 2 at bats, Johnson probably tosses a complete game…Carl Crawford. CC hit his 7th home run of the year. It was just the 4th Josh Johnson has allowed this season.

THE BAD: Fun With (Sun) Rays. First it was the line drive BJ Upton turned into an error. That run would score when Ben Zobrist misplayed the next hit into a triple giving the Marlins the lead. Then there was the popup Sean Rodriguez lost in the 6th. That was followed by a 2-run home run that gave the Marlins an insurmountable lead…Josh Johnson. What can you do except tip your cap? After his 1-run performance, he has not allowed more than 1 run in a start in over a month.

THE TELLING: The Rays are now 10-15 in their last 25 games. The Rays starting pitchers have a 5.72 ERA over that span…Desmond Jennings has spent quite a bit of time recently batting 2nd for the Durham Bulls. That also happens to be Carl Crawford’s spot in the lineup. Only 1 runner even reached scoring position in the first 7 innings off of Johnson. Right-handed batters went a combined 0-11.

WHERE THEY STAND: The Rays are 43-26, 1 game behind the Yankees in the East and tied (1 game up in loss column) with the Red Sox in the Wild Card race. After 69 games in 2008, the Rays were 40-29, 2.5 games out of first-place.

THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA

  • If you missed the news last night, Stuart Sternberg will make a statement at noon today. It is believed that the topic will be a new stadium. [Rays Index]
  • In a move that is almost certainly related to Stuart Sternberg’s statement, Sternberg will meet with the mayor of St. Pete this week. [St. Pete Times]
  • Joe Maddon may have Matt Garza move up and pitch Wednesday giving James Shields and extra day of rest after his 1 inning relief stint on Saturday. [St. Pete Times]
  • Joe Maddon is not a fan of the vuvuzelas. [Rays Report]
  • Rays Prospects has the Princeton roster. [Rays Prospects]
  • Dennis Maffezzoli reports that former Rays prospect James Houser has been called up by the Marlins. [Twitter]
  • Lance Cormier talks about his love of the Alabama Crimson Tide. [Tide Sports]

DOWN ON THE FARM

  • Check out Rays Prospects for boxscores and more detailed recaps. [Rays Prospects]
  • DURHAM: Jeremy Hellickson improved to 9-2 with 7 innings of 1-run ball. He struck out 6 and walked 1, giving up 5 hits. His ERA is now 2.33…Justin Ruggiano had 2 hits and 2 RBI…Desmond Jennings was 1-4.
  • MONTGOMERY: Alex Cobb gave up just 2 unearned runs in 4.2 innings, lowering his ERA to 1.48 in 8 starts. He struck out 4 and walked 2…Matt Fields hit his 8th home run…Cody Cipriano was 3-4 with 2 doubles to raise his average to .280.
  • CHARLOTTE: Matt Moore struck out 11 and walked just 2 in 7 innings. He held Jupiter to 1 run on 5 hits to pick up his 3rd win in 10 decisions…Tim Beckham was 1-3 with a walk…Greg Sexton hit his first home run in 24 games since being demoted, a 3-run shot.
  • BOWLING GREEN: Kyle Lobstein pitched 7 shutout innings with 5 Ks and 1 walks…Brett Nommensen hit his 5th home run.
  • HUDSON VALLEY: Wilmer Almonte gave up 2 unearned runs in 4.1 innings…Elias Otero was 2-3 with a walk.
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  1. Blake says:

    Could the switching of Garza and Shields make it easier to alter the order of the pitchers coming out of the All-Star break? I believe that we would be best served with a Shields-Price-Niemann-Garza-Davis rotation(honestly the Niemann-Price order is interchangable to me).

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  2. Carey says:

    I know it's "tradition" to wear the dark blues on Sunday (road games) and it may not even matter, but when it's 1000 degrees with 3000 percent humidity, you'd think they'd break out the standard road grays, or even the light blues.

    As for the game, and the week. . . hell, the freakin' month, I'm just despondent right now. Baseball is a great sport, but it's also torture. Is there any light at the end of the tunnell right now? I'm having a hard time finding it.

    Lastly, when are we going to see Hellickson. I know Sonny pitched well in his last two outings, but I think that was more the exception than the rule. Wouldn't we be better served with Hellickson in the long-relief role. Seems like a good way to break in a young pitcher as you could work him in slowly in (typically) low leverage situations? At the least, could we replace Cormier. He's a shell of what he was last year.

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  3. Joe D. says:

    I was reluctant about 3-4 weeks ago to say this but I'm ready to start the Hellickson watch. I'm guessing shortly after the all star break we see Hell Boy, especially if Davis hasn't turned anything around by then.

    This next start for Davis might be a big one, just a guess...

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  4. Don says:

    Don't worry..as soon as the pitching gets straighten out, and the hitters start hitting, and the defense can "see" fly balls... we will be just fine ...
    In the mean time just enjoy the "effort".

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  5. Tone says:

    Well, I was able to ease my mind about the Rays since their defense stayed strong. Now I'm getting very worried. This team just seems flat overall, total oppisite vibe on the field than early in the season. I think other teams have scouted the Rays and they are not adjusting much at all. That and I think the young pitchers arms might be tired. I am officially done with Upton, he is just a tease and will always lack real consistent play all around. The post season and 07 are the only bright spots to go on and that is not enogh for me anymore. He just plain sucks.

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  6. Boxauthor says:

    Read some rumors today, and it led to a thought: If the Rays are going for the win this year, is a trade like this possible? Rays send Crawford to Texas, Texas sends prospects to Seattle, Seattle sends Lee to Rays? The Rays would demote Davis to work on his stuff, and bring up Jennings to play LF. Not sure all the teams would go for it, and not really sure it makes the Rays a better team. I know if we trade Crawford we lose the chance at picks, but if we want to win this year . . . . Any thoughts?

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  7. Indiana Rays Boy says:

    This is getting ridiculous. Sloppy play on the field with inconsistent offense along with a manager that plug and play around with the lineup doesn't cut it. Don't forget about the recent struggles with the starting pitching staff. From here til the end of the season, play your best nine and have a set lineup without any matchup drivel. A manager that believes in a philosophy that involves using cybermetrics, road trip gimmicks, switching lineups, resting players with hitting streaks and platooning players doesn't produce a championship team. Red Sox and Yankees don't platoon players and switch the lineup everyday unless it is injury issue (i.e A Rod, Posada, Ellsbury and etc).

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  8. Chris says:

    I am wondering if Foster or St Pete officials feel a little put off or sandbagged by the timing of:

    (1) asking for a meeting - which was granted
    (2) making an announcement about downtown St Pete not working.

    One would think the Rays would do the courtesy of telling the mayor what they were going to say instead of the reverse. It certainly makes for an interesting meeting upcoming.

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