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! Just when all hope was lost, enter Bartholomew Jedidiah Upton. BJ hit the game-winning, trot-off 2-run home run in the bottom of the 9th to give the Rays the win…Brandon Gomes. Joe Maddon didn’t waste any time throwing Gomes into a high-leverage situation. In his first day in the big leagues, Gomes pitched the 7th and 8th innings of a 2-1 game, giving up no runs, no hits and just 1 walk…David Price. Have you seen Price’s home run trot? Be sure to check the videos below (click “Read the rest…”).

THE BAD: Joe Maddon. What will it take to get Matt Joyce in the lineup against a lefty? OK, Sam Fuld has had some success against Jo-Jo Reyes. And Evan Longoria was back and you need to keep Ben Zobrist and Sean Rodriguez in the lineup against a lefty. And yes, Dan Johnson has traditionally hit lefties OK. But when are we going to see Zobrist at first base? Wasn’t this that opportunity? We know Zobrist is not yet comfy at first. But wouldn’t you rather have Joyce in the lineup at this point, over Johnson. Joyce has been hot. At some point, you have got to give the best swing in a Rays uni a chance.

THE TELLING: No surprise here. Felipe Lopez was designated for assignment to make room for Evan Longoria…Since some seem to think that ALL reactions to BJ Upton are based on race, what say you about Evan Longoria’s choice to give BJ Upton a CHOCOLATE victory pie instead of the traditional WHITE shaving cream pie?

THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA

  • JP Howell’s next stop is triple-A Durham for five appearances before rejoining the Rays. [TampaBay.com]
  • Here is a cool look at how the Rays changed offensively and defensively from 2006 to 2010. Moving to the right means the offense was getting better. Moving up represents better pitching. [Visual Baseball]
  • Roberto Hernandez is back in a Rays uniform. Now he can get rid of that throwback Devil Rays cap he is always wearing. [The Heater]
  • Here is a closer look at Alex Cobb. [BusLeaguesBaseball]
  • Jonah Keri writes about Sam Fuld for Yahoo! Sports. [Yahoo! Sports]

DOWN ON THE FARM

  • Indianapolis 5, DURHAM 2 (gm. 1): Brian Baker allowed 3 runs in 4 innings…CF Desmond Jennings was 1-3…RF Justin Ruggiano had a single and triple, driving in 2.
  • DURHAM 8, Indianpolis 5 (gm. 2): Jeremy Hall gave up 2 runs in 3 innings on 1 hit and 3 walks…Jake McGee allowed 2 runs on 3 hits and a walk in just 1.2 innings…DH Chris Carter hit his 3rd home run in 5 games…CF Desmond Jennings went 1-3 with a walk and his 8th stolen base…LF Justin Ruggiano had 2 singles, a walk, and 3 stolen bases.
  • Carolina 7, MONTGOMERY 0: Frank de los Santos made his first start since being promoted from Charlotte. He gave up 6 runs (2 earned) in 3 innings…The Biscuits managed just 4 hits.
  • Jupiter 3, CHARLOTTE 0: In his second start of the year, Kyle Lobstein worked into the 6th, giving up 3 runs (1 earned) in 5.2 innings. He struck out 5…2B Tyler Bortnick was 0-3 with a walk as the Stone Crabs managed just 4 hits.
  • BOWLING GREEN 6, Dayton 2: Eliazer Suero relieved Braulio Lara in the 2nd inning after the game resumed yesterday. He struck out 7 in 5.2 innings with no walks. He gave up 1 run..3B Robby Price was 2-4 with his 2nd home run…1B Phil Wunderlich was 3-3 with his 3rd home run and a walk.
  • BOWLING GREEN 6, Dayton 0 (7): George Jensen tossed 5 shutout innings with 3 Ks and now walks…SS Derek Dietrich was 3-3 with a walk and his 4th home run in the nightcap…DH Cody Rogers hit his 3rd home run.
David Price’s Home Run Trot

BJ Upton (via TampaBay.com)

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  1. Sarah says:

    The St. Pete times Heater blog also had video of Brandon Gomes interviewed before the game -- he could barely stop grinning, he was so thrilled to be a major leaguer. On the other hand, I can imagine it must be a bleak day for Jake McGee, who heads back to Durham and gets pounded.

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    • Cork Gaines says:

      The good news for Jake is that I think they know the problem and he will be fine once it is fixed. That is he needs to learn how to warm up like a relief pitcher.

      It seems like a simple thing. But if you have been a starter your entire career, your head and your arm are used to a set pre-game warmup routine that can take 30-40 minutes. But in the bullpen you never know when you will get called upon and you have maybe 5 minutes to get your arm ready.

      A good "exception to the rule" to highlight the difference is Mariano Rivera. He is the best closer ever, but at this point in his career, he would be a terrible middle reliever. He has a routine where he usually takes a nap early in the game. Checks the score in the 7th inning and if it looks like he will be needed he starts getting ready. In other words, Rivera preps like a starting pitcher, something he couldn't do if his role wasnt clearly defined.

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  2. Connie says:

    is there video somewhere of BJ's chocolate pie-ing? the MLB.tv feed cut off before that interview

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    • Cork Gaines says:

      Yes, that was incredibly frustrating and maybe the thing that I hate the most about MLB.tv. Would it kill them to show a little of the postgame?

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      • KillaTapes says:

        Ditto! It sucks paying 100+ bucks for something and not even getting the full broadcast!

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    • Connie says:

      found it!
      http://www.foxsportsflorida.com/pages/video_rays

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  3. Joe D. says:

    Anyone else scared JP Howell gets in a high leverage situation, wants to bury a breaking pitch, and our horrible catches can't block it and something bad happens?

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  4. Connie says:

    it was pretty cute seeing Gomes after his first inning...when he dropped the ball, started running off the field, thought about going back to get the ball, then turned back to the dugout. Everyone was laughing at him. Hope he got the ball!

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  5. Hal says:

    Gotta give it to BJ - he's also the reason that his homer was a walk-off and not a game-tying job. He played that double over his head and quickly got the ball in to prevent another run from scoring - something that the Rays have not done in the past, especially BJ, who usually likes to consider his options before getting rid of the ball. Fuld gets rid of the ball like its about to blow up in his face - maybe BJ likes the way that looks.

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  6. Beth says:

    Can I just take a moment to gripe about an unrelated topic? Liriano is being congratulated on his no-hitter, but to me a guy who has walked five doesn't deserve the accolades. It's a bit like how I felt when Jackson no-hit the Rays -- with NINE base runners allowed. Obviously if you don't give up any hits and pitch a shut-out you've pitched very well, but can't there be a different category for sloppy no-hitters? And really, the guy who pitches well and gives up just 2 or 3 hits might have just been unlucky, whereas the guy who gives up no hits but walks five has no one to blame for the base runners but himself.

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    • KillaTapes says:

      Agreed. Shields pitching a 2 hit shutout in dominating fashion is much more impressive.

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  7. Jason says:

    With the talking of getting Joyce in the lineup, wouldnt it make some sense, especially now, to do this:

    Sean Rodriguez - SS (have to get Brignac out of the lineup, if just for a week or so)
    BenZo - 2b (or SS with Sean at 2nd)
    Joyce - RF

    This gets Joyce in the lineup, pretty much full time (which he should be). This gets Briggy oout of the lineup.
    And it doesnt really hurt out defense all that much. Sean, in my opinion, is ZERO dropoff defensively pretty much any spot we put him in.

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    • Cork Gaines says:

      Maddon is sticking with Briggy because of his defense. But you do have to wonder if the cost is too high right now.

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      • Jason says:

        Is Sean really that big of a drop off from Briggy? Sean has a bigger arm and his range "seems" to be, at the worse, similar. Even if there is a little dropoff, the uptick in offense should definitely be worth it. I mean, Sean is already well outperforming him and I'd think it would become even more pronounced as he gets more and more consistent play time.

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  8. Cork Gaines says:

    Price video should be fixed now.

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  9. Amanda says:

    Speaking of the whipped cream, I read in the Trib game story that the equipment manager decided yesterday that he was going to give the guys a choice between vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry whipped cream so they don't have to deal with the stinging eyes. (Yeah, I know you were making a point, but the lead in the Trib's story was kind-of funny.)

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  10. Hal says:

    Am I the only one who thinks that BJ's new nickname should be "puddin'"? Or is that racist?

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