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: Willy Aybar. 2 hits and 3 runs driven in, including the go-ahead run in the 11th. It seems like it has been months since we mentioned Aybar’s name as having done anything, good or bad.

THE BAD: Matt Garza’s Rust. The Garza Complex was well-rested, having not pitched in 10 days, but the rust shown through. You can’t give up 7 runs to the Orioles. And you definitely can’t give up 4 home runs to a team that entered the game ranked 11th in the AL with just 72 HRs in 91 games…The Bullpen. At one point, after Willy Aybar’s RBI single in the 7th gave the Rays an 8-4 lead, the Rays had a 93.2% win expectancy. That is hard to screw up. Not only did Rafael Soriano pick up his first real blown save of the season, the Rays blew a second save opportunity in the 12th inning…Joe Maddon. Yes, Grant Balfour cruised through his first 2 innings, but why try and push a 3rd? Balfour hasn’t recorded more than 6 outs in a game since May of last year…Former Rays. Once again a former Ray came back to sting the Rays in the ankle. This time it was Julio Lugo with the walk-off single in the bottom of the 13th…Ben Zobrist. Zorilla will never be a great defender, but he is usually dependable. Usually. Last night he looked like the guy you stick in right field for a beer league softball game.

THE TELLING: Carl Crawford is day-to-day with a “testicular contusion.” Gulp. If you missed what happened, go here, gently.

WHERE THEY STAND: The Rays are 56-37, 2.5 games behind the Yankees and 3.5 games in front of the Red Sox. After 93 games in 2008, the Rays were 55-38.


  • Carl Crawford talks about his bruised manhood (Video). [The Heater]
  • Former Rays manager Lou Piniella plans to retire at the end of the season. [The New York Times]
  • Carl Crawford on Lou Piniella: “One of the best things

    to ever happen to me was to play for Lou.” [Tampa Tribune]
  • John Romano writes that his tenure in a Devil Rays uni might cost Lou Piniella a shot at the Hall of Fame. [St. Pete Times]
  • This breakdown of Carlos Pena’s numbers might surprise you. [DRays Bay]
  • According to Jon Morosi, the Rays are looking for upgrades at CF, RF, 1B or C. [Twitter]
  • A high school student has laid out a fairly detailed plan that would bring the Rays to the Channelside area. [Tampa Bay Rays Downtown]


  • Check out Rays Prospects for boxscores and more detailed recaps. [Rays Prospects]
  • DURHAM: Richard de los Santos pitched 6 shutout innings, striking out 4 and allowing only 3 baserunners (2 singles, 1 double)…Desmond Jennings (2006-10) was 2-4 with 2 stolen bases. He is hitting .289 and has 25 steals…Dan Johnson was 2-3 with a walk to get his average to .300.
  • MONTGOMERY: It is unclear why, but David Newmann (2007-4) was pulled after just 3 innings despite not allowing a run. He struck out 1 and walked 1…Leslie Anderson was 0-4 and is hitting .294…Henry Wrigley (2005-14) hit his 6th home run in just 20 games since being promoted. He has 18 home runs total this season.
  • CHARLOTTE: Joe Cruz (2007-30) dropped to 7-6 after allowing 3 runs in 6.2 innings. He struck out 6 and walked 1. His ERA is now 3.36…Tony Scelfo (2008-8) had 1 of the Stone Crabs’ 6 hits, and the only extra-base hit, a double…Tim Beckham (2008-1) was 1-4 with his 17th and 18th stolen bases.
  • BOWLING GREEN: (no game scheduled)
  • HUDSON VALLEY: Devin Fuller (2009-6) gave up 2 runs in 6 innings. He struck out 3 and walked 1…Nick Schwaner (2010-30) had a double and hit his 4th home run. He is hitting .300 in 27 games.
  • PRINCETON: Braulio Lara improved to 3-3 after holding Burlington to 1 run in 5 innings on 3 hits and 2 walks. He struck out 2…Bryan Fogle (2010-32) was 2-4 with a double and an RBI…Todd Glaesmann (2009-3) had a walk and a 2-run single.




  1. Kelley says:

    What a sad game. I must've jinxed it when it was 8-4 and I was already calculating that we'd be just 1.5 games back. It went downhill from there. Hopefully today we'll make the O's pay.

  2. Don says:

    Guess you don't pay much attention...Aybar gets a hit 90% of the time he gets to play....Been singing Willie song for three years...that he should be our everyday DH (even during Burrell)....but Maddon is blind to who the best players really are..
    and the fans really don't know the difference....
    Oh well...back to the bench again for a week or so'll help again next week!

    • Willy's the proverbial 2nd string QB. He always looks good in spots... but, give him the full time nod, he's not quite there. I love him on the team, I just don't love him as an everyday starter.

      • Don says:

        The reason you like Willie in SPOTS is because he plays only in spots....the last series he played 4/5 games in a row we won 4 out of 5...He hasn't played a number of games in a row since....Joyce (Mr. 200) has taken over!

        • Normally, I wouldn't engage in this type of meaningless banter... but, I'm feeling frisky after MFIKY's blown save last night.

 << Willy Aybar's May.

          Look, I love the apple-bottom jeans... boots wit da fur guy. I just don't like him as a starter outside of injury.

          • Don says:

            Then you and Maddon are on the same page...I don't know if that helps any of your "banter"!

  3. Sarah says:

    I'm generally a pretty upbeat person, but last night's game left me in a brutal funk. I admire you, Cork, for finding any "good." Blowing not one, not two, but three leads.....two reminders that, for all he brings to the game, Ben Zobrist really isn't a seasoned outfielder....failing to pick up a game on the Yankees....and losing Carl Crawford, even for a few games (and perhaps threatening the continuation of the Crawford family line for who knows how long?) Ugh.

    I also don't usually engage in the post-loss Maddon bashing (and still think that, if you were to calculate a "wins per dollar of payroll" index for managers Maddon would come out on top) but the management of the pitching staff post all star break makes me wonder. Why have Soriano sitting all weekend and come out last night looking like it's the first night of spring training? Why push Garza so far back in the rotation when he actually went into the break with a few good outings? In some ways it would have been better to push back Price, so he could recover from what was clearly a hectic all-star break (although I guess if Maddon hadn't used his best pitcher at all in NY we all would have been screaming about that).

    Anyway, I think I'll go read about the faltering economy and the oil spill to cheer myself up.

  4. Amanda says:

    After it was clear that Crawford didn't sustain a devistating (although, according to all men, that was pretty devistating) injury like a knee or an ankle, MASN broadcasters Gary Thorne and Jim Palmer did what they could to lighten the mood.

    First, as they rightly pointed out, did you hear the reaction of the crowd on the couple of on-field replays? It's interesting to hear 8,000 people all go "oooooooooooooooh" at the same time -- twice.

    Then, after Thorne asked Palmer about protection, Palmer came up with this classic: "Outfielders with good hands don't wear a protective cup." Which sent Thorne into a fit of giggles.

  5. Don says:

    M. Weber look at your reference page for... July 1-10 (Min. & Bos)
    Willie played every game got hit(s) in every game and the Rays won 6 out of 7....amazing huh! do we have a better DH... I don't know about?

  6. Alex says:

    Obviously hind sight applies here, but why was Pena so close on that last hit by Lugo? I understand Lugo has some speed but shouldn't they be set up to knock down any ball put in play. It seemed to me that Pena was even with the bag in case of the bunt and that prevented him from knocking Lugo's hit down. He may not of even got to it but he would of had a better chance.


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