The GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe.
RAYS 4, Yankees 0 (boxscore)
THE GOOD: Stephen Vogt. He probably won’t make the opening day roster, but considering he can play several positions, including catcher, Vogt could be the first guy up from Durham when somebody is needed. And yesterday we got a glimpse of just how good of a hitter he is. He went 3-3 including a 2-run triple…James Shields. Shields looked he is ready for opening day. Six up, six down, including strikeouts of Derek Jeter and Robinson Cano…Jeff Keppinger. He had a pair of hits and even made a nice defensive play at first base in the first inning. Joe Maddon may want to use Keppinger as a late-inning replacement for Carlos Pena.
THE BAD: A Work in Progress. In what could be a sign of the future, Hak-Ju Lee was at shortstop late in the game and Tim Beckham was at second base. This is a move that could happen sooner, rather than later as Lee probably deserves a promotion to triple-A. But at one point in the game, Lee took a relay from the outfield and Beckham was a little too close and nearly had his head taken off by Lee’s throw.
THE TELLING: Evan Longoria hit off of a tee yesterday, and while it went well, it is believed that he won’t make his spring debut until early next week…Burke Badenhop got a couple of innings during the A-game (first five innings)…Luke Scott and Sam Fuld will take batting practice today to see if they are ready to play in games…The Rays will play a pair of split-squad games. Here is the lineup for the game in Fort Myers against the Twins. And here’s the lineup for the Port Charlotte game against the Tigers.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- If you missed it last night, we put together a little highlight package of yesterday’s game. [Rays Index]
- Jon Heyman is reporting that James Shields will be announced as the opening day starting pitcher soon. And David Price will get the nod in the second game. The only surprise here is that the Rays would announce it so soon. [@JonHeymanCBS]
- We would be shocked if Stephen Vogt was the second catcher on opening day. He is a solid bat, but he is not good enough defensively to play 70 games behind the plate. If he is on the roster at some point this season, he will be the third catcher which will give Joe Maddon the flexibility to pinch-hit for his catchers. [TampaBay.com]
- Jeff Faine might not be going anywhere after all. [JoeBucsFan]
- And here’s James Shields talking about his start (via TampaBay.com)…