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 Rays used 129 different lineups in 162 games this season. The most common?

  1. Jason Bartlett
  2. Carl Crawford
  3. Ben Zobrist
  4. Evan Longoria
  5. Carlos Pena
  6. BJ Upton
  7. Pat Burrell
  8. John Jaso
  9. Reid Brignac

Only two players played more than half of the games in one spot. Crawford spent 100 games in the 2-hole and Longoria batted fourth 84 times.

129 is a lot, but it is not that crazy for Joe Maddon. In fact it is not even his career-high. He used 123 different lineups in 2009, 115 in 2008, 122 in 2007 and 145 in 2006. Yes, 145. Now that is Maddonology.


  • Rafael Soriano flew home for a personal matter, but will be back in time for today’s game…Also, Joe Maddon said he is thinking of doing something new for the lineup in today’s game 1. [St. Pete Times]
  • David Price was named the winner of the Warren Spahn Award as baseball’s top lefty. [Tampa Tribune]
  • James Sheilds says the Rays are the team to beat. [The Heater]
  • Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning-News did a short Q&A previewing the ALDS. He noted that the Rays “can win this series with base running alone.” [DallasNews]
  • The 7-person Pinellas County Commission turned down an offer of 4-tickets to each of the Rays playoff games, in part because they would have to pay for them (can’t accept gifts). [St. Pete Times]
  • Jordan Kobritz of The Biz of Baseball says the economy is only a small factor in the Rays attendance issues. Rather he just thinks the Bay Area is a terrible baseball market. [Biz of Baseball]
  • Scouting Director RJ Harrison and Director of Minor League Operations Mitch Lukevics will throw out the first pitch today. Governor Charlie Crist will do the honors tomorrow. This means two things: 1) we will once again be subjected to Crist tucking his Rays jersey into his jeans; and 2) St. Pete Mayor Bill Foster is still waiting for the Rays to call him. [Tampa Tribune]
  • The New York Times has an in-depth piece on the Trop’s catwalks. [New York Times]
  • Sports Casualties previews the ALDS and will prior to each game. [Sports Casualties]
  • The Des Moines Register spoke with Jeremy Hellickson’s parents about their son’s success. [Des Moines Register]
  • Matt Garza talks about becoming a father at a young age and how that impacted who he is today. [MLB]




  1. Charles says:

    Mike, can any of your people at WTSP get in touch with the Governor's office and explain to him the concept of the violent untuck? Because I really really wanna see that happen after he throws out his first pitch.

  2. Charles says:

    Also, can anyone in the Tampa/St. Pete area hook me up with the URL of streaming audio for any station that might be carrying the game on the radio? After my phone updated 2 days ago, the MLB app isn't showing up for me in the Android Market anymore and I need to be able to follow this game at work or I will never get anything done just sitting and watching the box score refresh all afternoon.

  3. Charles says:

    Alright, last one, I swear (don't hold me to it though). The iheartradio app for iPhone/Android streams 620 WDAE. I don't know if they will black out the game audio or not, but I'm going to give it a try anyway.

    This is a picture of my cubicle at work, in the broken heart of Red Sox Nation. From left to right, my Rays Index store Bossman Jr. shirt (thanks Cork!), my Carlos Pena shirt, and my 2000 season Greg Vaughn jersey, topped by my same season Tampa Bay Devil Rays cap. Because those who forget history are doomed to repeat it.

    Not pictured: The Ryan Howard bobblehead doll my wisearse coworker put on my desk under all these shirts.

    • deadeye says:

      Pretty sure WDAE will be blocked out. Only way to stream is to pay for it through MLB.

      • Charles says:

        I figured as much - dammit, they better fix whatever's blocking me from getting the At Bat app through the Android Market. Otherwise I'll have to see if I can get away with streaming it through the work network.

        • BillyRay says:

          Do you have a PC in front of you? If so you can download "Stream Torrent" and watch the game at ""


          Stream Torrent-

    • Connie says:

      You better cover up that Elvis license plate...just in case! There's one on the Rangers πŸ™‚

  4. Connie says:

    What's up with this no Hellboy thing? This is wrong!

    • Beth says:

      I don't agree, Connie. They weren't going to have him start, and he hasn't proven effective out of the bullpen. Any long relief (say, should Shields or Garza have one of their "get me out of here!" games) can be handled by Niemann.

      Hellickson will be part of the starting rotation for years to come, but this isn't his moment.

  5. tbraysfan2010 says:

    Hey Charles, I have the. Apk for the at bat app for android. Ill gladly send it to you if you're around a computer and can transfer the file to your phone.


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