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: Evan Longoria. Somebody recently described watching Dirtbag play defense as a “religious experience.” To that we say, “Amen.” Last night, with the shift on, Longoria started at shortstop and ran down a ball in foul territory, sliding for, oh hell, just watch it hereLet’s Not Get Greedy. OK, we always want to beat the Yankees. But a split and maintaining a two-game lead is just fine. Not perfect. But it works.

THE BAD: When Ks Kill. Next time somebody tells you a strikeout is no worse than any other out, point to last night’s 6th inning. With the Rays still trailing by just 1 in the 6th, the Rays loaded the bases with just 1 out. The Yankees took out Ivan Nova who promptly struck out both BJ Upton and Casey Kotchman. Just about any contact by Upton scores at least 1 run in that spot. The Yanks would score twice in the next half-inning, effectively ending the game…Return of the Long Ball. We all know James Shields is susceptible to the home run. And last night, Alex Rodriguez went deep off of Shields twice. Both were solo shots. But with the offense only picking up 4 hits in the first 7 innings, it was 2 runs too much…Failed Replay. OK, the Rays were still going to lose the game, but Kelly Shoppach was robbed of a home run when the umpiring crew went to the replay and for some reason failed to overturn his flyball out that clearly hit the catwalk.

THE TELLING: The Rays were not expected to land in Toronto until 4am…Joe Maddon confirmed that Andy Sonnanstine will start Friday’s game.

THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA

  • We knew this was coming…Elliot Johnson will be seeing more starts at shortstop moving forward. [TampaBay.com]
  • A mock draft by Keith Law has

    the Rays taking RHP Joe Ross (high school), SS Levi Michael (U of North Carolina), and OF Brandon Nimmo (high school) in the first round of this year’s draft. [ESPN Insider]

  • Check out our very own Jordi Scrubbings (wearing glasses) in the background of this Rays commercial. [MLB]
  • Joaquin Benoit is no longer the set-up man in Detroit. Well, that was $16.5 million well-spent. [mlive.com]
  • The top home runs hitters since the start of the 2010 season. [Business Insider]
  • A Sports Illustrated players poll ranks Johnny Damon among the nicest in baseball. [Rays Report]
  • Two of the Rays minor league affiliates ranked in the top 25 for merchandise sales in Minor League Baseball. [Rays Prospects]
  • Evan Longoria, Yoga Instructor. [MLB]

DOWN ON THE FARM

  • Louisville 11, DURHAM 8 (11): The Bulls blew an 8-3 lead, including a 3-run lead in the 9th off Mike Ekstrom. Dane de la Rosa then allowed 3 runs in the top of the 10th for the loss…Edgar Gonzalez started, and was pulled after 3.2 innings that included returning after a 2 hour rain delay. He gave up 3 runs on 6 hits and 2 walks…CF Desmond Jennings singled and walked in 6 plate appearances….LF Justin Ruggiano was 0-6 with 3 strikeouts…DH Chris Carter drove in 4 with a pair of doubles…C Robinson Chirinos was 1-4 with a walk. He is hitting .200.
  • MONTGOMERY 14, Birmingham 5: Joe Cruz struck out 6 and walked 2 in 6 innings. He allowed 3 runs on 8 hits…C Stephen Vogt had a triple and a home run, his 7th. He added 2 walks and drove in 3. He is now hitting .329…CF John Shelbyhad a 3-run double and a 2-run double…Tim Beckham did not play.
  • Lakeland 10, CHARLOTTE 1: JP Howell faced 6 batters in his final rehab stint, striking out 2 and allowing 2 hits…Alex Koronis was pounded for 9 runs (8 earned) in 5.2 innings. He gave up 3 home runs…SS Hak-Ju Lee was 1-4.
  • West Michigan 6, BOWLING GREEN 3: Victor Mateo gave up 4 runs (2 earned) in 5.2 innings…SS Derek Dietrich had 2 doubles and a single in 5 at bats…3B Robby Price had a single and 2 walks…LF Cody Rogers hit his 6th home run.



James Shields (via TampaBay.com)

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  1. Boxauthor says:

    Nice article by Tim Brown on Yahoo this morning:

    http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/news;_ylt=AkKvuPuPLAy.jiGATPKz1F4RvLYF?slug=ti-brown_tampa_bay_rays_culture_winning_051711

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    • werD says:

      thx.

      good update on what all the 2010 Rays' departures are doing...

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    • Sarah says:

      The Yahoo article is certainly flattering to the Rays, but it seems to flatter them at the expense of fans. All these former players are basically saying that they felt relaxed in the Tampa Bay area because no one gave a damn what they did!

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  2. Don says:

    Longoria's defense has been fine...NOW if he could just HIT THE DAMN BALL....he's been a drag on the offense since back....
    E. Johnson has been our best SS all along while Maddon had to give Brign. every chance to fail....the guy needs help but he won't get it here...a trip to minors is his best bet!
    Upton helps win one, then loses any chance to win one, can he run forward to catch a short fly ball to CF, Fuld can!

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  3. St. Aug Ryan says:

    Joe,
    I don't think Brignac is ready to be an everyday major league shortstop either. If the Rays stay in this thing, any chance the Rays would make a trade for a SS. I know Bartlett is not hitting that great in San Diego but would love to have him back for the playoff push. He just fit this team. Do you know of any other SS that maybe available for trades?
    I too am in favor of E. johnson right now.

    Awful sports night last night, Rays lose to the Yanks and the Bolts go down to the Bruins, Uggg!

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  4. That was one of the most biased games I've ever seen umpiring wise. It was horrible.

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