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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: Pickoff Wizard. James Shields didn’t get any help from the guys behind him, so he took matters into his own hands and picked off 2 runners, numbers 9 and 10 on the season. Since 1980, only 20 pitchers had more than 10 in a season. It is the first week of July!…Hold On. Let’s see if we can think of something else. Hmm? Nope, nothing.

THE BAD: No Longor Golden. The Twins scored their first run when Evan Longoria passed on an opportunity to throw a runner out at home choosing instead for the easy out at first. Just another example that his head isn’t screwed on quite right…But His Hair Is Golden. In addition to trimming the back of his hair like Wild Thing from Major League, Evan Longoria has now bleached his tips. Maybe his goal is to see just how shitty his hair can look and still get laid whenever he wants…Maybe Matt Joyce Should Dye His Tips. Joyce whiffed on a blooper to right field that got by him allowing the Twins third run to score.

THE TELLING: The Rays have scored just 2 runs in the last 18 innings. And 1 of those was unearned…

THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA

  • You can still vote for Ben Zobrist to be an All-Star. [MLB]
  • Joe Maddon still thinks Kyle Farnsworth can make the All-Star team. At this rate, Farnsworth is going to show up in Arizona and wonder why he doesn’t have a locker. [MLB]
  • File this under “took them long enough”: “The Rays have determined that SS Reid Brignac is “not ready” to be an everyday player.” [TampaBay.com]
  • The Rays signed a catcher (Eric Otanez). We’re sure he is super-duper awesome. But all you need to know is that he is 16 and won’t see the majors until at least 2017. Just in time for a new stadium! Kelly Shoppach lives another day. [Baseball America]
  • Ken Rosenthal on the Astros GM position: “Friedman, one of the game’s bright young executives, is an almost certain target. Friedman, a native of Houston, grew up an Astros fan. His level of interest in the Astros’ job, however, is not known; Friedman enjoys working for Rays owner Stuart Sternberg.” [Fox Sports]
  • Did you guys know that Ted Williams was not on hand when Johnny Damon passed him on the all-time hits list? At least one person felt the need to point that out. [Deadspin]

DOWN ON THE FARM

  • DURHAM 3, Gwinnett 1 (6): Alex Torres allowed just 1 run in the 6-inning rain shortened game. He struck out 3 and walked 3…CF Desmond Jennings tied his career-high with his 11th home run…C Robinson Chirinos added his 3rd home run and DH Leslie Anderson hit his 10th.
  • Tennessee 2, MONTGOMERY 1 (10): Shane Dyer gave up just 1 run in 7 innings. He struck out 3 and walked 3…The Biscuits managed just 4 hits…SS Tim Beckham did not start, but did appear as a pinch-runner late in the game.
  • CHARLOTTE 5, Jupiter 3: Jake Thompson tossed 6.1 shutout innings. He struck out 1 and walked 2…SS Hak-Ju Lee went 1-4…RF Brett Nommensen was 2-4 with his 18th stolen base…C Mark Thomas went 3-3 with his 8th home run. He drove in 4…2B Tyler Bortnick went 1-2 with 2 walks and stole his 22nd base.
  • BOWLING GREEN 5, Great Lakes 3: SS Derek Dietrich hit 2 home runs, his 8th and 9th of the year. He drove in 4…CF Cody Rogers went 2-4.
  • HUDSON VALLEY 8, Aberdeen 5: C Kyle Holloway hit his 1st home run and drove in 5.
  • PRINCETON 10, Burlington 8: RF Drew Vettleson was 1-4 with a double…1B Cameron Seitzer had 3 more hits including a double and his 2nd home run. He is hitting .378…LF Josh Sale was 1-4 with a walk.
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  1. LoLJFH says:

    I found it interesting (or beating a dead horse) last night that Staats and BA could tell something is not right with Longo in the first inning during his at-bat and later with fielding. Notice when he didn't run/hustle to first, when he got back to the dugout, you could read his lips that "I'm just sore". From what? Dirtbag is really letting the team down. DL him for 15 days to get him right, get his aches and sore foot or side taken care of. Who cares about NYY and BOS series. I'd rather have Sean Rod at 3rd at 100% than EL at third at 50. 7 hits....again.

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    • Marty says:

      According to the newspaper, he has Morton's Neuroma http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/mortons-neuroma/DS00468

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    • Sarah says:

      Something is clearly not right with Evan. He seems to be running awkwardly and often has a grimace. So I'm not sure it's completely fair to say he doesn't have his head in the game -- he looks like he's playing with some discomfort.

      Matt Joyce, on the other hand, should spend a little less time obsessing about his All Star plans and a little more time trying to catch the ball and get on base.

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      • Hal says:

        The non-throw to home is a "head in the game" issue. I mean the runner would have been in a run-down - it wasn't even close. He's always been super aggressive in trying to get the lead runner; not anymore.

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        • Sarah says:

          I didn't see that play but I take your word for it. I'm not trying to say that Longoria has made no mental mistakes -- I'm saying that playing in pain makes you more prone to those lapses.

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  2. Drew says:

    If one of the following does not happen within a week after the all-star break I am going to lose my effing mind:
    1. Schoppach is not with the organization
    2. Jennings gets called up
    3. Sonnanstine is not on the big league roster
    This team has 8 guys who are currently getting PT hitting under .250, and there are internal options.

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    • Matt says:

      Get ready to lose your mind then, because all of that will continue. The Rays dont have any other "ready" catchers. Lobaton isn't the guy and Chirinos isn't ready to be called up yet. Jennings won't get called up because there is no where to put him. Maddon loves sonnanstine too much. and the lineup will continue to have the same players in it. The only player I see getting demoted is Brignac.

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  3. LoLJFH says:

    Yeah, I read that just a little bit ago. My wife has that also and gets a shot once a year.

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  4. Tom says:

    I think Maddon could be in the bad for pinch hitting for Jaso in the 7th. The Rays were then stuck with Shopp as there only option to bat with 2 out in the 9th against Capps (To his credit he did draw the walk). Shopp cannot hit righties at all.

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  5. Don says:

    I think Longo..Has that Scott Kazmir disease..and I'm not Kidding...
    Lots of time off plus small physical problems and now many mental mistakes...adds up to trouble in Longo Land..the smoke is not clearing!

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    • bbmern says:

      Guess he showed you today, eh Don!

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    • Namirsolo says:

      I think this is incredibly off. Maddon and other players who know him are always talking about how hard of a worker he is and how much he strives to be the best he can. It's been reported he has Morton's neuroma, which can be very painful.

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