Rays 7, Indians 0
Rays 5, Angels 1 (click image for boxscore)

The GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe.

THE GOOD: David Price. Step aside young padawan Jeremy. David is still the master. Price, who has thrown about 74% fastballs all season long, apparently knows something about the Angels. In his last start against the Angels, he threw 70.3% fastballs. A little less than normal, but not extreme. But last night, he threw only 58% fastballs which resulted in 7 strikeouts and no walks in 7 innings with just 1 run allowed…Justin Ruggiano. With BJ Upton out with a stomach bug, Ruggy stepped in and delivered an RBI-single in the first and a 2-run home run in the 6th.

THE BAD: Sean Rodriguez. This is the one player we don’t get. He has a major league swing, and he is hitting .213. Last night he was 0-4 with 3 Ks. Even BJ Upton is less confusing of a talent.

THE TELLING: Both Evan Longoria and BJ Upton were scratched from the lineup with the stomach flu…Johnny Damon has now reached base in 32 straight games.

THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA

  • Lance Cormier, who was released last week by the Dodgers, has signed a minor league deal with the Rays. To make room, the Rays released pitcher Edgar Gonzalez. [The Heater]
  • Here is a look at the Rays draft war room. [TwitPic]
  • RJ Harrison and Andrew Friedman talk about their first night of the draft. [TampaBay.com]
  • And if you missed it last night, Andrew Friedman had a Verizon moment. [Rays Index]
  • Those Smokers throwback jerseys we told you about? We forgot to mention that those will be worn on July 2 against the Cardinals. Makes sense with the Cardinals in town for just the second time after so many years using St. Pete as a spring home.
  • Jake Hager is anxious to get his pro career started. [TampaBay.com]
  • Joe Maddon thinks  JP Howell just needs more work…that’s fine. But can it be when the game is not on the line? K? thanks. [TBO.com]
  • We have seen these estimates before, but here is a reminder of how much this draft will cost the Rays. [Bloomberg]
  • Matt Joyce did a photoshoot for ESPN the Magazine. [TampaBay.com]
  • Kyle Lobstein was named the FSL pitcher of the week. [Claw Digest]

DOWN ON THE FARM

  • Pawtucket 11, DURHAM 3: Edgar Gonzalez, who was released after the game, gave up 7 runs in 5 innings…RF Desmond Jennings went 204 with a double…C Jose Lobaton was 2-3 with his 6th home run.
  • MONTGOMERY 15, Mississippi 2: Chris Archer picked up just his second win, holding the Braves to 2 runs on 4 hits and 2 walks in 6 innings. He struck out 4, but his ERA is still 5.68…SS Tim Beckham had 3 hits, including 2 doubles, driving in 3. He is hitting .294…C Stephen Vogt was 1-3 with a walk and 2 RBI.
  • Bradenton 4, CHARLOTTE 0: Jake Thompson allowed just 1 run, but dropped to 0-3. He worked 4 innings, giving up 2 hits and 3 walks, striking out just 1…SS Hak-Ju Lee did not play…2B Tyler Bortnick went 2-4 with a double.
  • BOWLING GREEN: (no games scheduled)
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  1. Beth says:

    Good thing King David is dealing, because according to Big League Stew, Hellboy has merely been lucky: http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/blog/big_league_stew/post/We-8217-re-Going-Streaking-To-Jeremy-Hellickso?urn=mlb-wp8538

    Also, I completely agree with you on Rodriguez. He looks like he ought to be real ballplayer. Despite his three error game the other day, he can look sharp at a number of positions. And when he connects he does so with authority -- no dribbling "seeing eye" hits for him. So why can't he take it up a notch with better pitch selection?

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    • Cork Gaines says:

      The short answer is that he struggles with sliders. It's something he needs to get better at or pitchers will just keep feeding him sliders for the rest of his career.

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      • Beth says:

        Thanks, that makes sense.

        Hope he sticks with the Rays, though, because he ups the "easy on the eyes" metric for the whole team.

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    • Derek says:

      The problem with stories like that is that they always assume negative regression is the only kind of regression. Sure, more baseballs should leave the yard, but at the same time, less batters should be on base when they do. His walks will come down, and his stikeouts will go up. Clearly he wont post a sup 2 era, but he is really good, and his changeup is dirty. He should still win the ROY.

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      • Beth says:

        Yeah, I agree, and such assumptions about "regression to the mean" also assume no learning curve. So I'm not worried about Hellickson; in fact I was sort of taken aback by the Big League Stew post, which seemed to be a bit dismissive of his success.

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        • Derek says:

          I don't think anybody is worried about him. I actually think he is flying under the radar a bit. He said it in there, about Pineda getting all the fame, and it's true. Hell has really impressed me so far, I though he could be a solid number two before the start of this year, he now looks like a good number 1. He wont be the number 1 on this team, but he is that good.

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        • Des from Durham says:

          Hellickson's track record in the minors and last year at the MLB level should be further evidence that he is a very good pitcher and should be for a long time.

          You see Ruggianno flick the bat after his HR like he was Barry Bonds? A younger guy like me does that, and he is sentenced for 6 more months of "seasoning". Crash Davis Ruggiano gets away with it, I suppose.

          Apparently, the entire Rays team will have to come down with the swine flu before I get the call.

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          • Beth says:

            I'm with you, Des. I thought Ruggiano looked a little too cocky for a guy hitting, at the start of the evening, .083. But we'll take the homer.

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  2. Don says:

    S ROD has the "BJ upton Disease" its like when they have two strikes on them they freeze or look for that perfect pitch...what they need to do with two strikes is go into a "hit" mode...unless the ball is over their shoulders or in the dirt they have to be swinging...guarantee they both would raise avg's about 30pts can't belive sheldon/Maddon don't see this..

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    • Tone says:

      Both players do swing, they just swing at bad pitches. Neither guy is very good at fouling off pitches and waiting for the "cookie". Actually, Damon seems to be the only one good at fouling off pitches. I have feeling there won't be many more games left for BJ in a Rays uniform; sticking his finger in the earhole of the helmet just for you. I know you will miss that.

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