RANDOM THOUGHTS: The Rays and St. Pete Mayor Bill Foster will apparently set aside their difference long enough to make a “major sports announcement” this morning at The Trop. All indications are that it is not baseball related…Rays and Twins will play a double-header on Thursday…Thanks to a shutout, a near-complete game, an off-day and a rainout, the Rays’ relievers have thrown 5 pitches in 5 days. All of those were by Kyle Farnsworth on Saturday…Andy Sonnanstine hasn’t pitched since April 10.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- Evan Longoria will begin a rehab assignment on Thursday with double-A Montgomery and is eyeing a return to the Rays next Tuesday against the Blue Jays. [TBO.com]
- Gabe Gross announced his retirement. [MLBTR]
- High pitch counts early in the season is once again becoming the norm (thanks Amanda). [SI.com]
DOWN ON THE FARM…
- Louisville 8, DURHAM 3: Alex Torres gave up 7 hits and walked 7 in 4.1 innings, leading to 6 runs (3 earned)…CF Desmond Jennings was 1-5 with a double…LF Brandon Guyer had a double and a walk…C Robinson Chirinos went 0-3.
- MONTGOMERY 3, Mississippi 1: Joe Cruz held Mississippi to 1 run in 5 innings, striking out 3 and walking none…CF John Shelby hit his second hime run and SS Cole Figueroa was 3-4 with an RBI.
- Fort Myers 12, CHARLOTTE 10: Alex Koronis gave up 5 runs in 4.2 innings. He struck out 5 and walked 3…SS Hak-Ju Lee was 4-5 with his second home run. He also had a walk…2B Tyler Bortnick went 5-5 with a walk, a double and a triple…C Mark Thomas hit his second home run and had 3 hits.
- BOWLING GREEN 5, South Bend 4: C Luke Bailey’s second home run of the year, was a 3-run trot-off shot in the bottom of the 9th to erase a 2-run deficit…Braulio Lara was touched for 4 runs (3 earned) in 4.1 innings on 5 hits and 1 walk…SS Derek Dietrich went 0-4.
Can’t remember if we showed this before, but here is footage of BJ Upton’s Celebrity Bowling Event