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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: James the Greater. James Shields worked into the 8th inning for the 6th straight start and for the 17th time this season. That ties Justin Verlander for tops in baseball. Nobody else has more than 14. He is also on pace to throw more than 240 innings this season. His previous high is 219.2 (2009). Only 4 pitchers in the AL have thrown 240+ innings in the last 7 years. You might have heard of them: CC Sabathia, Justin Verlander, Doc Halladay, Felix Hernandez. Those 4 will have 6 combined Cy Young Awards after this season…Hitting 8th. In one of the weirder splits we have ever seen, John Jaso is now hitting .282 with a .913 OPS and 4 home runs when he is batting 8th (88 plate appearances). When he is not hitting 8th (147 plate appearances), he is hitting .190 with a .523 OPS and no home runs. That’s weird.

THE BAD: Farnsville Is Burning. In his first appearance in 8 days, and his first appearance since suffering from “elbow tenderness” Farnsworth struggled giving up 3 hits and a run in the 9th inning. If the Rays are going to bring Farnsworth back next season, they may need to start thinking about shutting him down for the rest of this season.

THE TELLING: Brandon Guyer and Justin Ruggiano will be added to the roster today. Andy Sonnanstine will join them *head hits desk*…There will be a rally to support the Rays and (we’re still calling them) the Rowdies in downtown St. Pete on Friday.

THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA

  • Johnny Damon wants to return to the Rays next season. [TampaBay.com]
  • This chart makes you wonder why anybody would pick football or basketball over baseball. “The biggest contracts in North American sports history.” [Business Insider]
  • “I honestly had all the time in the world to throw [Johnny Damon] out, but I didn’t want to embarrass him in front of everybody.” [Onion Sports Network]
  • Here is a tribute video LSU did for Rays draftee Mikie Mahtook. If baseball doesn’t work, he might have a future in professional wrestling. [The Heater]
  • Joe Henderson says the Rays need help on the offensive side of the ball. [TBO.com]

DOWN ON THE FARM

  • Charlotte 10, DURHAM 2: Andy Sonnanstine was pounded for 7 runs (6 earned) in just 3 innings…SS Tim Beckham went 1-5 with 4 strikeouts…1B Dan Johnsonhad a double, home run and 2 walks.
  • MONTGOMERY: (no games scheduled)
  • Jupiter 3, CHARLOTTE 1: In 6 innings, Merrill Kelly gave up 2 runs on 5 hits and 3 walks. He struck out 2…DH Jose Lobaton was 1-3 with a double and a walk…RF Dustin Biell had the other 3 hits, all singles, for the Stone Crabs.
  • Dayton 6, BOWLING GREEN 5: Wilking Rodriguez gave up 4 runs in 5 innings. He struck out 5 and walked none…SS Derek Dietrich went 1-5 and struck out 3 times.
  • HUDSON VALLEY 6, Connecticut 4: Roberto Gomez made his first start of the year and pitched 5 shutout innings, giving up just 1 hit and 2 walks. He struck out 1.
  • PRINCETON: (no games scheduled)

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14 Comments

  1. Mark says:

    The say-it-aint-So-nnanstine move is befuddling. Is management just burning extra roster spots because they can? Or is this really the level that their standards have dropped to? As a fan, I wonder if my team’s management has given up on the year.

    Are we actually going to SIT Jennings to give Ruggiano another shot?

    • werD says:

      why bring up Sonny, and not DJ?

      i think thats weak sauce. nothing from nothing leaves nothing. if youre saying youre giving up the season, and bringing back rugg and sonny, then why not just play nice, and let DJ have one more shot in the bigs. you know, for old times sake…

      whatever you do, do NOT bring up beckham! he might actually be good, and bringing him up in sept, wont let you call him up until July of next year…

  2. Sarah says:

    Sonny, apparently, did as poorly at Durham as he had done in the majors. If failing at AAA doesn’t scream “my career is over” I don’t know what does. I think they brought him up because even the Durham manager had no hope that he’d help their playoff run. I don’t think we’ll see much of him — he’s the guy who they will bring in if your starter keels over in the 2nd inning and you are already down by 10 runs.

    • MarkE says:

      Yes, long-relief would be a good role for him, as long as they’re down by an insurmountable number of runs early. But statistically, there is no worse team in the AL to been stuck in that role with if you’re a reliever ;-) So we’d probably never see him.

  3. Tom says:

    As long as they do not use Sonny in high leverage situations, I have no problem with them bring him back up. I agree with Sarah that he can save the bullpen if you are down by 10 runs or so early in the game.

  4. LoLJFH says:

    Not only Rugg (why?? he is gone after this year apparently), but where is Guyer going to play? They want to see what he can do and will they really “see” in very limited action with DJ, BJ and Joyce cemented right now?? He pinch hits, but at whose excuse for defensive purposes? We have 3 excellent defensive outfielders. Now, if the answer is BJ sits more then we know he is gone in the offseason (no real debate anyways). I hope they don’t split anymore time from Joyce when lefties are pitching, he needs the AB’s against them. I would’ve thought an advanced look at Beckham would have been “prudent” as JoeMa likes to say.

  5. Hal says:

    I’d love them to sit BJ more, but we have to doubt that is going to happen. They want him the flash something before the end of the year so that his value goes up at least a little. And for all of the bitching that goes on around these parts about a “set line-up”, I think we’ve been pretty set.

  6. David says:

    I hope they give Sonny some kind of position with the organization (other than pitcher). He’s exactly the kind of pitcher who would 3-hit shutout the Rays and I could see the Yankees or Red Sox pick him and and put him in a glass box that says “Break When Playing the Rays.”

    • Sarah says:

      I know what you mean (e.g. the Jackson no-hitter). But Sonny? Unless he pays a visit to the Dominican doctor who has resurrected Bartolo Colon from the dead, I’m not worried.

  7. Gus says:

    Owner loses the trust of the locals and the fan-team bond is broken and nobody shows up. The Trop? Nope, Dodger Stadium doing its best Trop impression.

    http://www.latimes.com/sports/baseball/mlb/dodgers/la-sp-plaschke-dodgers-crowd-20110901,0,4862241.column

  8. Joe says:

    Well now I don’t know what I want. I wanted Joyce to play the lefties rest of the season but unless Upton starts getting benched, Guyer will be in RF for the lefties.

    Sonny will be in blow outs, sorta like what Ramos has done since being called back up.

  9. phil says:

    Jennings, Guyer and Joyce should be playing the rest of the way….they could also DH once in a while….allowing Upton to play CF some of the time

  10. Alex says:

    They don’t want to call anyone important up until the Bulls are eliminated/win in the playoffs.

    • Sarah says:

      Alex, if that’s true then they really have given up on the season. What major league team that considers itself a playoff contender would ever put an International League title ahead of and American league title?

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