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: James Shields. It took a career-high 126 pitches, but with 13 strikeouts (also a career-high, and tied the team record) and just 1 walk, James Shields tossed this 3rd complete game, and 2nd shutout of the season. He only had 3 nine-inning complete games and 2 shutouts prior to this season. At one point, Shields retired 17 in a row and 20 of the first 21 batters he faced. Oh yeah, he also drove in the Rays first run…Casey Kotchman. He continues to luck the crap out of those base hits. Two more hits, an RBI and a walk. He is now hitting .352. That would be good enough for third in the AL if he had enough plate appearances to qualify.

THE BAD: National League. Thank goodness Joe Maddon doesn’t manage in the NL. You’ve seen how he likes to play match-up on a day-to-basis. This weekend, we got a look at what happens when he gets to play match-up on an inning-by-inning basis. What a nightmare for those trying to score at home. Not even flowers would work…Elliot Johnson. Yep. The Sam Fuld of infielders. Yesterday he went 0-5 with 3 strikeouts.

THE TELLING: Casey Kotchman tripled for just the second time since 2008…The Rays are now 0-2-2 in their last 4 series…Interestingly, the Rays decided to go with the dark blue Navy alts on both Saturday and Sunday afternoons in the south Florida heat…Honey, somebody shrunk the Zorilla!.

THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA

  • Reid Brignac was placed on the bereavement list due to the death of his grandfather. He is expected to miss 3 games. Felipe Lopez was recalled to take Briggy’s spot on the roster. [TampaBay.com]
  • Tyler Kepner explains why James Shields is so effective with the pickoff move. [NY Times]
  • In a move that probably should have happened a long time ago, Scott Kazmir might return from the DL as a reliever. [LA Times]
  • Here are some pics from a recent extended spring training game. [Rays Prospects]

DOWN ON THE FARM

  • Columbus 7, DURHAM 6 (10): Edgar Gonzalez was pulled after just 1 scoreless inning…Jake McGee allowed 1 run (a solo home run) in 2 innings. He struck out 1 and walked 1…CF Desmond Jennings was 1-5 with a walk…RF Chris Carterhit his 5th home run…DH Jose Lobaton had a double and 2 walks. He is hitting .337…LF Leslie Anderson was 2-5 with a double to raise his average to .258.
  • Huntsville 8, MONTGOMERY 3: Joe Cruz was pounded for 5 runs on 12 hits in just 3 innings…SS Tim Beckham went 1-4 with an RBI before being ejected…LF Stephen Vogtwas 2-4 with a walk.
  • CHARLOTTE 5, Dunedin 3 (11): The Stone Crabs scored twice in the top of the 11th on back-to-back RBI-doubles by Jake Jefferies and Chris MurrillAlex Koronis gave up 3 runs (2 earned) in 6 innings, striking out 2 and walking 2…SS Hak-Ju Lee had a single and 2 walks in 6 plate appearances. He also stole his 11th base, but did commit his 10th error.
  • Lansing 14, BOWLING GREEN 1: Victor Mateo gave up 5 runs in 5 innings. The big blow was a 3-run home run in the 1st inning…LF Cody Rogers had 2 of the Hot Rods’ 5 hits, going 2-4…SS Derek Dietrich was 0-3 with a walk and 2 strikeouts.


James Shields (via TampaBay.com)


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  1. Don says:

    ANY DOUBT WHO is#1 on the Rays staff after this weekend...Sorrry Price but you 95mph fast ball down the middle is not scaring/fooling anYone anymore.....
    Price could drop to #3 tonight as Hellboy goes for #5...
    Maddon in Nationa League what a wonderfull Idea....
    Maybe Giants..... he could lead them to the World Series...
    Sorry....Burrell and all....

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    • Michael says:

      Funny thing for you to say, since you insisted that we trade Shields this past offseason.

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      • John S says:

        Shields was not going to be traded last offseason because of who we have in the front office. Wall Street Analytical Minds will never sell low. Garza was sold high.
        And now with Shields pitching well... He will be gone this upcoming offseason. If he continues this a team will come in and give enough to the Rays to make the deal.
        I know with Jeff N. struggling we might not have the pitchering depth we had before but if someone offers the proper value for him on the high side, the Rays office will take it.
        Cobb or Torres will have there time to step up into the 5 spot (or maybe Moore makes that jump).
        Either way we will have the pitchers in a year or so... Cobb really does not have much left to prove at AAA. He might need to refine for the MLB level and he will be given the time (4/5 months) to do that.

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        • Michael says:

          I am clueless why this comment was directed at me. I perfectly understand all of that.

          The one who doesn't is big ole Don. While some of us understood why Garza was traded, Don wanted Shields traded.

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      • Don says:

        Your right they couldn't trade him because of his big contract and poor performance..not really trade bait. SEE
        John about next year..he hit it right!

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        • Michael says:

          Nice to see you change your opinions all the time. You forget everything wrong you say so quickly.....

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          • KillaTapes says:

            You're wasting your time, he also called Benoit a bum prior to last season, and was constantly berating the Rays for the Ejax-Joyce trade, among many many other things. He's a knee-jerk reactionist fan, never sees the big picture, or tries to understand the process.
            Now I guess I'm the one wasting my time, but oh well.

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          • Don says:

            WHat opinion did I change shields could/should have been traded after 2010...Hellboy would have been just fine taking his place..goingfor #5 tonight...they couldn't dump his contract is that hard for you to understand?
            Joyce is another with contract problems coming up for the Rays...he has had one good year out of four and now probably gone...but Ejax probably has won 30+games since leaving.. plus no hitter...I wouldn't call it a good trade yet...wait another year and see what happens...
            to pay and production from Joyce...then YOU can call it AFTER the fact..I called it when it was ..Get it?

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  2. Joe says:

    Shields is another plan, rest of our staff just needs consistency because it is damn good.

    How far away is Kotchman from qualifying?

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