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: BJ Upton. Nice move to appeal the suspension. Upton had himself a nice weekend in Baltimore. In the 3-game set, Upton combined to go 7-14 and drove in 8 runs. And that doesn’t include the key play (distracting the pitcher during Brandon Guyer’s at bat) on Friday night…Kyle Farnsworth. With a runner on and the Rays up 2 in the 8th, Joe Maddon went to Farnsworth for the 4-out save. Rafael Soriano did that exactly ZERO times in 2010. Also, this was already the 3rd save for Farnsworth in which he came in with runners already on base. Soriano only did that 4 times in 2010. As good as Soriano was last year, Maddon is leaning on Farnsworth in more high-leverage situations. Then again, Maddon doesn’t have Joaquin Benoit this year either.

THE BAD: Wade Davis. David started the day by walking Brian Roberts on 4 pitches. In the next 96 pitches, he walked 4 more batters and allowed 3 runs before being pulled after 5 innings…

THE TELLING: Brandon Guyer stint with the Rays is already over, as he was demoted back to triple-A. Relief pitcher Rob Delaney was called up to take his place…Many of the players wore pink accessories and/or used pink bats for breast cancer awareness…Andy Sonnanstine is scheduled to start the first game of the Indians series tomorrow.

THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA

  • Will MLB let BJ Upton split his two-game suspension up and serve it a few days apart? [TBO.com]
  • Joe Maddon says Andy Sonnanstine will likely remain in the rotation until Jeff Niemann returns. [TampaBay.com]
  • Poor Carl Crawford. He says his slump is really, really hard to deal with. [ESPN Boston]
  • Funny story about a Tampa resident that gave a gigantic middle finger to their Home Owners Association over a Lightning sign in his yard (thanks Connie). [Yahoo! Sports]

DOWN ON THE FARM

  • DURHAM 4, Syracuse 0: Brian Baker tossed 6 shutout innings, giving up 1 hit and 2 walks. He struck out 6…Chris Bootcheck struck out 4 in 3 innings of scoreless relief…CF Desmond Jennings was 1-4 with a strikeout…RF Justin Ruggiano was 0-3 with a walk and his 7th steal…C Jose Lobaton was 1-3 with a walk, which drops his average to .339.
  • MONTGOMERY: (no game scheduled)
  • Bradenton 6, CHARLOTTE 2: Kyle Lobstein allowed 4 runs (3 earned) on 6 hits and 2 walks in 7 innings. He did not strike out a batter…SS Hak-Ju Lee had 3 of Charlotte’s 5 hits, to raise his average to .414.
  • Great Lakes 3, BOWLING GREEN 2: George Jensen gave up 2 runs in 5 innings on 3 hits and 2 walks…LF Cody Rogers went 0-4 and is hitting .163…SS Derek Dietrich was also 0-4.


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  1. phil says:

    Why did they not send Dan Johnson down instead of Guyer with Upton missing 2 games?

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    • Sarah says:

      Can Johnson be sent down? Or would he have to be placed on waivers?

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      • Cork Gaines says:

        Correct. Johnson is out of options. That being said, I'm not sure anybody would claim him. at this point Rays are apparently not ready to take that chance. But if he doesn't start hitting that could change soon.

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        • werD says:

          the problem is, with Kotch crushing it, and being clearly superior defensively, Joe Ma isnt going to be able to get DJ a whole lot of AB's unless its at DH, which is an absolutely BRUTAL place for a guy to try to break out of a slump he is mired in. right now i think they need to send DJ to AA and let him play 1B everyday (unless Anderson gets hurt at AAA) and let him get back some confidence at the plate...

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          • Sarah says:

            While I get your point, I can't see that a 30 year old guy with significant MLB experience would see a trip to AA anything other than ego crushing.

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  2. Jason says:

    We've already "risked" DFAing someone and, lo and behold, nobody wanted him either. I say we DFA DanJo and bring Guyer or Desmond Jennings up as BJ will have the suspension. Then when Howell is ready, we send Delaney down and we have our roster for the rest of the season.

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  3. Hal says:

    Seems like we have more outfield depth than we have had in the last few years.

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    • Jason says:

      Seems like we just have a more well-rounded farm system than any I remember in the past. I havent been this excited about position players in a while...HSLee, DJ, Guyer, Chirinos, Bailey, Sale. We're still pitcher heavy, but its getting better.

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