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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: Keeping Pace. The Orioles helped by beating the Red Sox for the second time in three game, rallying late. So the Rays remain 2 back (1 in the loss column). But the season is also getting late, real quick, with just nine games remaining for the Rays and seven for the Red Sox.

THE BAD: Yet Another Brutal Call. In the second inning with one run in already for the Yankees. Brett Gardner reached on a bunt single when the replay showed that he was clearly out. It wasn’t even really that close. That loaded the bases with no outs. Two batters later, Curtis Granderson unloaded the bases with a double making the score 4-0. Game over…Where’s Johnny? Oh boy, it happened again. The Rays made one final rally in the 7th inning, loading the bases with no outs. Desmond Jennings flied out to left field and was unable to bring a run home. And then BJ Upton came to the plate. Why? Because he’s been hot, Johnny Damon has been struggling, and that’s how Joe Maddon has been filling out the lineup card for two weeks. But as luck would have it (you know, the bad kind), Upton was up with the bases loaded. On the season, Upton is 2-11 (.182) with the bases loaded with a walk. He does have a grand slam. On the other hand, Damon is 6-14 (.429) with 2 walks with the bases loaded. And in his career, Damon is a .380 hitter with the sacks full. Of course Upton grounded into a double-play. We’re not blaming Upton or Maddon. We are just blaming sh*tty luck.

THE TELLING: Joe Maddon was fined for his ejection and rant in the Red Sox series…Ben Zobrist may also miss the first game of today’s double-header having left the team to attend the birth of his daughter…Kyle Farnsworth will throw off a mound today…David Price is OK to go Friday. Saturday’s starter will either be Matt Moore or Alex TorresAndy Sonnanstine made his first appearance for the Rays since June.

THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA

  • Mark Simon lays out the keys to the Wild Card race for the Rays. [ESPN]
  • Poor Red Sox. They are losing because they have owies. [SI.com]
  • Joe Maddon made an appearance on “The Dan Patrick Show” yesterday. Here is that interview transcribed. [SportsRadioInterviews]
  • Do you want to know what Matt Silverman’s favorite smart phone app is? Here you go (P.S. we gave up after the second question. So let us know if they actually discuss anything important). [ABC Action News]
  • If you care what Curt Schilling thinks, he doesn’t see the Red Sox making the playoffs. [ESPN]
  • Manny Ramirez wants to play winter ball in the Dominican Republic. [USA Today]
  • College football’s most popular football teams. The Gators are lower than we thought they would be. [Business Insider]

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16 Comments

  1. Sarah says:

    What a dispiriting game! A reminder, I guess, why this has been a third place team for most of the season. Davis was disappointing, but if a team’s not going to score at all then it doesn’t quite matter whether your pitcher gives up 1 run or 5. I was hoping the Rays would at least get it close enough so the Yankees would have to use their A list relievers last night and compromise their bullpen for the day game today, but even that didn’t happen.

    And isn’t it a bit optimistic to say BJ’s been “hot?” I’d say perhaps a slightly less predictable out, but one or two very productive games every two weeks isn’t “hot”.

  2. Don says:

    Maddon says Zo: “will get here when he gets here” missing another game.. 3 days after his wife has a baby or was it a heart transplant..think she will be ok with the doctors and family now? so ZO can go back to his job?? NO planes back to NY last night I guess……
    Don’t depend on the Orioles today boys(Beckett)..try to do something on your own like winning two..

    • jim says:

      don, i promise i will get banned from this site if we make the playoffs. hell, i probably will get banned even if we don’t because i am going to completely go off on you.

    • Dre says:

      ya know, this is the one time i am going to say that professional athletes get it a little rough. god forbid they want to do what the rest of the normal population does and have a few days off for the birth of their child. there are a decent amount of professions out there that not only get their job protected through FMLA, but they actually offer time off for paternity leave. but only in athletics would anyone chastise a man for choosing the right thing to be with his family. i think it’s pretty selfish to imply he should choose playing over being there with his wife and children.

    • Hal says:

      Sorry Cork, but go fuck yourself Don. Maddon mentioned on the radio that the baby had to have some sort of additional procedure and didn’t get into it. Ever had a sick kid Don? Ever worry about someone you love Don? I love the Rays and spend way to much time following them, but baseball is a stupid diversion you idiot. All Zo does is bust his ass every single pitch of every single game that the Rays play – if he takes the rest of the season off or the rest of his life off to tend to his family, he’ll still be my favorite Ray ever. God bless you Zo.

      • jim says:

        hal,
        don’t sweat it. i’ll take care of the f u to don in a few days. it’s been a pleasure posting comments on this site, but i’m about to put an end to those days for me. i’ve had it with don’s bs, and once the playoffs are secure either way, i will officially unload on don. sorry amanda, up front.

      • Don says:

        Gee boys do we need a nap today….ZO put them down for their nap.
        I remember when women had babies in a cab and went home and did the dishes….3 days, 3 days…really

  3. MarkE says:

    Good for you Zo! His values happen to be: God, family, then baseball. There aren’t enough stories in sports of athletes who are true to their values and it’s none of anyone’s business how/when or where he handles time with his second most important value. He has pledged to put his third most important value, Rays Baseball, just behind “family” and he gives 100% effort at it.

    His being in the lineup obviously wouldn’t have changed the outcome last night. Will it be a factor today? That remains to be seen. I don’t blame him at all for being with his wife for TWO DAYS (baby was born Monday night) following the birth of their daughter. He’ll be an athlete for 5 more years… he’ll be a father for 60 more years. Go Zo!

    Like most people said about Barry Bonds, ManRam, ARod, Clemens… let’s judge him by his baseball performance, not his personal decisions — especially when Zo’s decisions are for a noble cause.

    • Beth says:

      Pretty much agreed, but he’d better be there by the evening game. He’ll have plenty of time to bond with the family when the season is over.

  4. Amanda says:

    Cork!!! Holy poop, did you see this??

    http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/blog/big_league_stew/post/Gleeful-Yanks-fan-serves-Red-Sox-pitcher-with-ch?urn=mlb-wp20240

    Gleeful Yanks fan serves Red Sox pitcher with child support papers
    By ‘Duk

    The never-ending rivalry between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox added a strange new chapter on Tuesday afternoon and I still can’t bring myself to believe that it really happened.

    Hours before he was set to start a game against the Baltimore Orioles, Boston pitcher Erik Bedard(notes) was served papers at Fenway Park as part of an ongoing child support dispute with an ex-girlfriend.

    And, it goes on from there. Wow!

  5. jim says:

    DEAR JOE,
    JP HOWELL SUX. PLEASE STOP PUTTING HIM IN HIGH PRESSURE SITUATIONS!!!!!!!!!
    THANK YOU
    RAYS FANS

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