The GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe.
Twins 7, Rays 3 (boxscore)
THE GOOD: Matt Joyce. We keep waiting for Sweet Swingin’ to find a consistent power stroke and tap into the 35-home run potential. That he hit a 2-run home run in his first spring at bat was either a good sign of things to come or the biggest tease ever…BJ Upton. Bossman looked good in his two at bats lacing a double and a triple. It was even nicer to see that after he pulled his double in the first, he went to right-center for his triple in the third…David Price hit the second batter he faced, but rebounded to strike out the next two…Dave Wills and Andy Freed. So good to hear the sweet sounds of their voices. You may recall a couple of years ago when a sub filled in for the opening spring game. It did not go well.
THE BAD: Backing Up Third. With Evan Longoria sidelined until Tuesday with a sore hand, Elliot Johnson was in the lineup at third base. And at this point, it will either be EJ or Jeff Keppinger as Longoria’s backup during the season. Suddenly, the idea of Longo getting hurt during the season is even scarier.
THE TELLING: David Price was the only pitcher used today that is likely to be on the opening day roster…Some tickets remain for Sunday’s home opener in Port Charlotte…Matt Moore threw in the bullpen today which is a good sign that he will be back on the mound soon…Since 2008, only one non-roster invitee has made the Rays opening day roster (Juan Cruz, 2011)…Jeremy Hellickson will start tomorrow. Others expected to pitch include Fernando Rodney, Joel Peralta, JP Howell, Jake McGee, Josh Lueke, Burke Badenhop, and Romulo Sanchez.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- ESPN’s Bus Tour will be in Port Charlotte on Monday, so look for a lot of Rays coverage on Baseball Tonight.
- BJ Upton’s team repeated as champs of the Rays Charity Golf Tournament held on Friday.
- Andrew Friedman spoke with Ken Davidoff of Newsday about building a legacy with the Rays and resetting the “Moneyball” bar. [Newsday]
- In three of the last four years, the Rays made the playoffs without the help of an extra Wild Card spot. But when it came time for ESPN.com to pick an image for their story on expanded playoffs, they thought of you-know-who. [BRaysBall Talk]