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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: Bro Hugs. Dewayne Staats and Brian Anderson hugged it out last night after their on-air lovers quarrel spat Saturday night.

THE BAD: Pride. Or lack of it. Prior to the 9th inning last night, when Matt Joyce hit a meaningless 2-run home run, the Rays were outscored 24-1 in 20 innings. We remember thinking before this roadtrip started that there was a chance the Rays would stink up the joint despite playing inferior competition. But we didn’t want to be that negative with the season on the line. Well, our nightmare has arrived. The Rays have given up. Game. Set. Match. It would just be a little nice if they, you know, played like they cared. It is only July, and already these guys are playing like their minds are on the next tee-time or the next nightclub.

THE TELLING: The Rays demoted Jay Buente and called up Rob Delaney…The Rays have promoted 11 players from triple-A this month. ELEVEN…Reid Brignac made his first start for Durham, going 3-4…Matt Moore struck out 13 in his second triple-A start.

THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA

  • Jay Buente arrived at the stadium on Tuesday during the 5th inning. He started warming up in the 6th inning. He was called on to pitch the 7th inning. He met Joe Maddon for the first time at the end of that inning. And then, while sitting in the hotel bar after the game, Maddon informed him that he was being sent back to Durham. [TampaBay.com]
  • So, why was BJ Upton out of the lineup for the 2nd time in 4 days? First he said there was nothing going on. Then he told teammates he had a sore quad and locked himself in the trainer’s room. But Joe Maddon said he was fine and could have played. Yep, nothing fishy here. [The Heater]
  • There was a story saying Pat Burrell was going to be released today. But that story has disappeared from the interwebs. This WAS the link. [CSN]
  • Looks like they had some bad info because according to Henry Schulman, the Giants are not releasing Pat Burrell. [Twitter]
  • Here is an update to which draft picks the Rays have signed. [RaysProspects]
  • Is BJ Upton worth the asking price? Ben Berkon says maybe. [Huffington Post]
  • John Sickels breaks down Desmond Jennings. [Minor League Ball]
  • Eric Karabell takes a look at Desmond Jennings from a fantasy perspective. [ESPN Insider]
  • And Jason Grey takes a look at Alex Cobb from a fantasy perspective. [ESPN Insider]

DOWN ON THE FARM

  • DURHAM 4, Gwinnett 0: In his second triple-A start, Matt Moore tossed 8 shutout innings and tied a career-high with 13 strikeouts. He gave up 3 hits and walked 2…Reid Brignac made his first start for Durham, and went 3-4. It was just his second 3-hit game of the year.
  • MONTGOMERY 4, Tennessee 0: Chris Archer had one of the best starts of the year, throwing 7 shutout innings. He only struck out 2 and walked 4…SS Tim Beckham went 0-4…RF Keyong Kang homered for the 3rd straight game, giving him 8 for the year.
  • Brevard County @ CHARLOTTE: (postponed)
  • Lake County 9, BOWLING GREEN 4: Jason McEachern gave up 6 runs in 5 innings. He struck out 2 and walked 2…C Luke Bailey hit his 7th home run.
  • Auburn 3, HUDSON VALLEY 1: Ryan Carpenter a 7th round pick in this year’s draft made his first start, pitching 5 hitless innings, striking out 3 and walking 1.
  • Pulaski 6, PRINCETON 5: RF Drew Vettleson had 3 hits including 2 doubles and 2 RBI.

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12 Comments

  1. Mark E says:

    Okay, I’ll get it started… how ’bout this heat, huh?

  2. Dre says:

    just wondering because i didn’t stay up to watch most of the game….any explanation on why longo was pinched after just one at bat?

  3. Geos/Hawthe says:

    Seems if all the trade rumors, attendance issues, and media are getting to the team…

  4. LoLJFH says:

    Thankfully I didn’t watch either. I believe Longo was pinch hit for to give him some rest, no use otherwise in a 9+ – 0 game – give his foot some rest I guess.
    Maddon: “we just don’t hit anything…we’re flat….the last 2 nights our hitting has not been good…the hitting is just not there”. This happens in MLB vs. AAA-dominated teams AND when hitting coach blows. Maddon has now made these same sentiments known twice in 5 days. Uh oh, Derek.
    FO handling of bullpen. Give the guys being called up some time. And with what Buente just went through did you think they learned with Delaney? Check out his line from last night after traveling all day. Maybe he got there in the 3rd inning and they thought he was good to go (don’t go the bar tonight Rob!!!).
    This team’s moves have become a joke and I believe some of the players are flat/deflated with all the rumors and moves. Most of the roster moves lately seem uncharacteristically sophomoric for such a smart FO.

  5. Don says:

    Are you sure you got that Buente story correct, I heard Maddon was headed into the bar to get drunk again after another “close” loss and ran into one of his pitchers already drunk,he said boy you don’t belong here if your drunk before me…so back to the minors….

  6. Zack says:

    Wait, can you put up a link to the Staats-Anderson argument?

    • Cork Gaines says:

      Click on the part that says “on-air lovers quarrel spat”. That will take you to a story by Tom Jones of St Pete Times.

      • Sarah says:

        I have really been enjoying Anderson this year. Frankly, if Kevin Kennedy were still in the booth and the Rays were playing that poorly I would not be watching. BA and Staats seem to have a strong camaraderie — there are times they seem giddy with eachothers’ company. That’s why their argument on Saturday was so striking — it really did seem like a “lovers quarrel” because they both seemed shocked that the other disagreed. As Jones notes, it never got to the point where I was worried they’d start throwing things — I saw it as a testament to how seriously they take their role in interpreting the games for us that they would be so passionate. And for the record, I thought Anderson was right — in theory batters should be alert to the umpire’s strike zone and at least spoil questionable pitches. But if the pitch is so far outside that you’d need to step on the plate to reach it, there’s not much you can do to spoil it.

  7. Gus says:

    “Operation Shutdown” has commenced by BJ (and maybe Shields, given how dreadful that performance was and Longo, if he asked out).

    Tampa Native Derek Bell would be proud.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Derek_Bell_(baseball)

    For years I’ve wondered how the players can go on with managment’s cheap-o tactics and not revolt. Starting with Price’s reaction to the Shields rumors last week, I think we are now seeing it. Even Joe Maddon’s optimism can’t hide that.

    The season collapsed when the Rays ducked the Yankees in New York with a Hellickson v. Garcia match-up and was forever gone in the 16 inning game. Sad.

  8. LoLJFH says:

    Delaney must have gone to the bar last night too! He has been outrighted back across the country and Ekstrom has been called up. This is stupid management lately and we are a JOKE right now doing this to our players.

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