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: off-day

THE BAD: off-day

THE TELLING: The Rays only need to go 13-16 in the final 29 to get to 95 wins. Every AL team in the Wild Card era has made the playoffs with at least 95 wins…The Rays extended their player development contract with double-A Montgomery through 2014…Rafael Soriano was named delivery man of the month for the second time…After 19 walks in July and 10 more in the first 3 weeks of August, Tim Beckham only has 1 walk in the last 10 games.

WHERE THEY STAND: The Rays are 82-51, 1.5 games behind the Yankees (1 in the loss column) and 6.5 in front of the Red Sox (7 in the loss column).

THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA

  • Jeremy Hellickson will not work back-to-back days out of the bullpen, and he is not likely to come into the middle of an inning. [St. Pete Times]
  • Great interview with James Shields on learning how to pitch and how he attacks batters. [Baseball Beginnings]
  • You’ve got to see this video of a woman that gets smacked in the face with a foul ball at The Trop, and recovers to actually catch 2 foul balls later in the game (thanks Scrappy). [Yardbarker]
  • Joe Maddon received his honorary degree yesterday from Lafayette College. Guess what he wore. [Lehigh Valley Live]
  • Desmond Jennings talks about his first big league game…This is a fun video. Jennings definitely looks like a kid in a candy store. [Bright House Sports]
  • Finally, somebody at ESPN that gets it…Rob Neyer on the Tampa Bay market: “There’s nothing wrong with that market. There are plenty of people down there and the Rays’ TV ratings are solid. It’s just a ballpark problem, and eventually that problem will be fixed.” (scroll down to 12:42; thanks Thad) [ESPN]
  • Rays remain #2 in SI.com’s “Power Rankings.” [SI.com]
  • Aaron Gleeman asks if Wednesday night’s outfield was the fastest in big league history (thanks Connie). [Hardball Talk]
  • Is this the end for Michael Clayton? Our question: Bigger bust, Clayton or Alvin Harper? [Joe Bucs Fan]
  • Brad Hawpe’s debut? “Historically bad.” [ESPN]
  • Joe Henderson says the Rays defense is bailing out the offense…There is something very “Tampa Bay” about that. [Tampa Tribune]
  • Her Rays compares the Rays newcomers to toys. [Her Rays]
  • When will Charlie Montoyo get his call? He is building quite a resume down in Durham. [Watching Durham Bulls Baseball]

DOWN ON THE FARM

  • Check out Rays Prospects for boxscores and more detailed recaps. [Rays Prospects]
  • DURHAM: Aneury Rodriguez allowed 5 runs in 5.2 innings. All 5 runs came via 2 home runs. He struck out 5…Leslie Anderson went 0-3…Fernando Perez (2004-7) had a single and a walk. He scored twice from the leadoff spot.
  • MONTGOMERY: Paul Phillips struck out 6, walked none and allowed 1 run in 5 innings…Henry Wrigley (2005-14) was 2-5 with his 8th home run.
  • CHARLOTTE: Frank de los Santos gave up 1 run in 6.1 innings…Tim Beckham (2008-1) went 1-5 with an RBI.
  • BOWLING GREEN: Kyle Lobstein (2008-2) pitched 6 shutout innings, striking out 7 and walking 3…Julio Cedeno went 4-5 with a double…Ty Morrison (2008-4) went 0-3 with a walk, but did steal his 56th base.
  • HUDSON VALLEY: Zach Rosscup (2009-28) started the first game, striking out 7 and walking none in 5.2 innings. He allowed 1 run on 4 hits…Enny Romero allowed 1 run in 5 innings in game 2. He struck out 4 and walked 5…Nick Schwaner (2010-30) had 2 doubles and 4 RBI in the second game.
  • PRINCETON: (season over)
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11 Comments

  1. Jim says:

    That lady off the first base line was awesome, after the game they even asked Maddon about her.

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  2. Gus says:

    Nice to see the Trop crowd recognized for something positive. She even had the RayTober shirt on. She fields the Trop surface better than A-Rod.

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  3. MJ says:

    Someone needs to have Howard Bryant talk to rob neyer.

    http://m.espn.go.com/mlb/story?storyId=5524212

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  4. KillaTapes says:

    Any chance we see Nando as a call-up for speed and defense off the bench?

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    • Cork Gaines says:

      Good question. He's already on the 40-man roster so what would it hurt to have him around for pinch-running and/or late inning defense? Only reason Maddon might not is that in the past he has said he doesn't like calling up too many guys. Think he is afraid the clubhouse would become too circus-like and chaotic.

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  5. Brett says:

    Cork, what do you think our chances are at getting 100 wins?

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    • Cork Gaines says:

      That's tough. I think if the Rays still have a 7-game lead (or greater) in a week, I think we will start to see the regulars getting more time off. Starters will only go 95-100 pitches and Hellickson or Sonnanstine will give them an extra day of rest at least once. That being said, they also have an easy schedule. It will be close. But I'm guessing 98-99.

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  6. Connie says:

    i love how excited Desmond is - hope that enthusiasm rubs off on some of the other players! He seems like a good kid.

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  7. Connie says:

    by the way, think they'll hold hellboy so he's ready to take over in case Niemann is having a rough outing in his next start?

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  8. If the Tampa Yankees move to Orlando, why doesn't the Rays make a probationary move to Legends Field? If its successful, the move can be made permanent without too much trouble or costs. St Pete needs to be compensated of course but this will give the Tampa market a chance to put their money where their mouth is.
    I went to an Italian restaurant in the West shore area of Tampa (next to PF Chang's) the food was abysmal and way overpriced ($8 for half a glass of house red wine) but the place was packed. If Tampa people are willing to pack it in for overpriced crap, they'll love the Rays and $8 stale beer.

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