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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: JoeMa. Sometime in May of next season, Joe Maddon will win his 518th game as manager of the Rays. That will give him exactly half of all wins in franchise history. Maddon will accomplish this in a little over 6 seasons as manager and in the 15th season in team history.

THE BAD: (the Bad is taking the day off)

THE TELLING: The Rays now trail the Red Sox by 6.5 games in the Wild Card. More importantly, they only trail by 6 in the loss column. Even with a sweep this weekend, Rays will still need a miracle. But consider our eyebrow raised until the Rays lose a game…Jose Lobaton is expected to be able to catch tonight…With 1 more HR from BJ Upton, he and Justin Upton will be first siblings to go 20-20 (HR and SB) in same season.

THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA

  • Paul Sullivan ranks Andrew Friedman as the top candidate in his “power ranking” of Cubs GM candidates. [Chicago Cubs]
  • Marc Topkin spoke with some players about what this series against the Red Sox means. [TampaBay.com]
  • John Romano says we shouldn’t get our hopes up. [TampaBay.com]
  • Are the Bucs a 7-9 team? We get the feeling that nobody would be surprised if the Bucs went 10-6 or if they went 6-10. [Joe Bucs Fan]
  • Here is a look at the Rays all-levels franchise records and this season’s leaders. [Rays Prospects]
  • Two Rangers fans were kind enough to return the game-winning home run ball that marked the Rays 1,000th win. [TampaBay.com]

DOWN ON THE FARM

  • Columbus 8, DURHAM 3: (Durham trails 2-0 in best-of-5) Chris Archer struck out 11 in 5.2 innings, but he also gave up 5 runs on 7 hits and 3 walks including a big 2-out, 2-run home run in the 3-run first inning…The Bulls only managed 2 runs off of former #Rays pitcher Mitch Talbot…SS Tim Beckham was 1-4 with a walk…3B Dan Johnson had 2 singles and a pair of RBI.
  • Fort Wayne 6, BOWLING GREEN 3: (Bowling Green trails 1-0 in best-of-3) George Jensen gave up 3 runs in 5 innings…1B Phil Wunderlich was 3-4 with a double and drove in 2.
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  1. Charles says:

    As Patrick Swayze sang, I'm just a fool to believe, but I can't yet convince myself that there's not shot. Beckett is not pitching in this series - the current Sox probables are Lackey, Kyle Weiland, and Lester vs. Big Dub, Hellboy & Juego G. That set of matchups gives me hope that a sweep is possible. Anything less than a sweep and I'll be ready to give up - until next weekend when they come to Fenway and my optimism is rekindled.

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  2. Chris says:

    Not related to this article but since it will come up sometime this weekend (not selling out the Boston series)...did anyone see the highlights of the Diamondbacks game last night? Let's just say - good seats still available.

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  3. Gus says:

    Isn't 6 games about the number of games the Rays had the Manny Cloud over their heads? Remember -- he disappeared the day of the Rays dress rehersal game at the Trop on the final day of spring trianing; the clubhouse obviously knew he popped a positive. That was a real distraction. A desperation signing that should have never been made.

    Still, you have to like the pitching matchups . . .

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  4. Hal says:

    6 1/2

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