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: Locked In Relievers. Kyle Farnsworth and Joel Peralta, 2 of the 4 relievers with guaranteed jobs combined for 2 scoreless innings, striking out 2. Even Cesar Cabral, the Rule 5 pick that has never pitched above single-A, looked good. He retired 5 of the 6 batters he faced, striking out 2. It was his second straight solid outing. As a Rule 5 pick, Cabral must be on the opening day roster or offered back to the Red Sox…Elliot Johnson. Fighting for a bench spot, Johnson got back in the lineup for the first time in over a week and reached base twice via walk…Dan Johnson. The Great Pumpkin homered.

THE BAD: Adam Russell. Russell was a little shaky, giving up 2 hits and walking a pair. He has now allowed 9 hits and 4 walks in 4.1 innings…James Shields. It took Big Blast Shields 25 pitches to get out of the 1st inning, and one of those pitches cleared the fence.  He also gave up a run in the 2nd inning and reached his pitch limit in the middle of the 4th.

THE TELLING: Carl Crawford is expected to make the trip to Port Charlotte tomorrow and play against the Rays…Bucs head coach Raheem Morris served as “manager” for the day. He even went to the mound to make a pitching change in the 4th inning…The Rays will play 2 games today, with some players playing in St. Pete against the Netherlands…Ben Zobrist is expected back today.

THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA

  • If you missed it last night, Evan Longoria had his ’67 Camaro stolen near Phoenix. [Rays Index]
  • Read about the fan that will travel to 106 different minor league ballparks this summer. [Business Insider]
  • Joe Maddon and Raheem Morris talk about Morris’ managing debut. [TampaBay.com]
  • Joe Maddon talks about facing Carl Crawford on Thursday. [The Heater]
  • Sam Fuld is “shorter than his officially listed height of 5-10…is hopelessly likable, [was] an economics major at Stanford, [and ] has Type 1 diabetes.” [Tampa Bay.com]
  • “The Mets, who are not officially for sale, would have to qualify as a buy-low candidate.” [SB Nation Tampa Bay]


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13 Comments

  1. Greg says:

    “Cabral must be on the opening day roster” – he must also stay on the roster all year as a Rule 5 pick or be offered back. That’s pretty hard to keep a guy on the roster who hasn’t been above single A.

  2. Hans says:

    They play us, the Netherlands!

    • Derek says:

      Been to Holland twice. So much history. Wonderful people. Socialized medicine ftw.

      • Hans says:

        Thanks! But the are not so nice people too lol..
        As a country we’re in the top 10 in baseball world wide, numer 1 or 2 in europe. We beat the Domicans twice in the WBC last time, pretty cool!

        • Derek says:

          The last time I was there was in 06. During the world cup in Germany. You guys didn’t have as strong of a showing as in this past one, but the excitement of the people country wide was like nothing I have ever seen.

          • Hans says:

            I’m glad you likes it here! 06 was cool! But last year was very special, man what a world cup. We didn’t play well in the final, to hard, but the tension and excitement was fantastic

        • Gus says:

          Willy Aybar says you are welcome Netherlands, for the victory over the DR in the WBC (Aybar is “Bill Buckner” in the DR)

  3. Derek says:

    It would be nice if someone would actually investigate this Mets thing, instead of just regurgitating the same thing over and over.

  4. Adam says:

    Chirinos > Shoppach. It sucks for Shoppach, but Chirinos needs to get a chance.

  5. Brixology says:

    Is Adam Russell pitching his way off the team? Does he have any guaranteed money? I can’t believe that he feels safe enough to be working on pitches to the point that he’s sacrificing outs. Shields and Sonny can use that excuse–whether it’s true or not–but Russell is too close to the bubble.

  6. Don says:

    SO now….. is Raheem now a canidate for Mgt, of the year..He took MAdddon’s players with their worst starter(SHIELDS) and won a game something Maddon has not done for months..Morris told Maddon Statistics and matchups are for losers…..PLAY YOUR BEST PLAYERS
    Also Morris said he could do Maddons job….. all you have to do is look serious and spit seeds
    DJ will make everyone foget Pena real quick if maddon gives him the chance…not his buddys Kid…Kotchman

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