The GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe.

RAYS 3, Angels 2 (boxscore)

THE GOOD: Hellboy’s Change. It helps to have a 93 mph fastball, but Jeremy Hellickson had the plus-changeup last night, throwing 37 of them and getting a whopping 8 swing-and-misses with that pitch. Hellickson also had 2 big moments. The first came in the 2nd inning when a bad catcher’s interference call loaded the bases with 1 out. Hellickson then got a huge strikeout and then a weak groundball to escape with no damage. The Angels were 0-6 with runners in scoring position in the first 2 innings…And then in the 3rd inning, Hellboy brushed Albert Pujols back, and then got him to strikeout on a changeup…No More Zo Slump. Ben Zobrist entered the game in a funk, having gone hitless in the previous 4 games. So his home run in the 3rd inning no only got the Rays started, but hopefully will also get Zobrist started…Chris Gimenez. The Angels were 0-2 stealing bases.

THE BAD: Strikeout Bug. Three different players struck out 3 times, including BJ Upton, Carlos Pena, and Chris Gimenez. As a team, the Rays struck out 12 times.

THE TELLING: Jose Lobaton is hoping to back in mid-MayAndy Freed was ill and not in the radio booth last night. Neil Solondz subbed in…The Rays gave up their first home run in a week. And it is no fluke. Only one team in the AL gives up flyballs more often than the Rays (31.7%)…Rays are now 7-1 at home…Attendance was 14,638.

THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA

  • Joe Maddon has announced his first themed trip of the season. [TampaBay.com]
  • Gary Shelton writes about David Price’s return to dominance. [TampaBay.com]
  • If you missed it yesterday afternoon, we took a look at how David Price tamed Albert Pujols. [BI Sports]
  • Derek Jeter is having a bit of a career renaissance. [BI Sports]
  • Don’t forget, it is draft day! [JoeBucsFan]

DOWN ON THE FARM

Norfolk 4, DURHAM 2. Matt Torra struck out 6 and walked none in 7 innings. He gave up 4 runs (3 earned)…Reid Brignac played SS and went 0-3 with a walk.

MONTGOMERY. no game scheduled

CHARLOTTE 8, Bradenton 0. CJ Riefenhauser struck out 8 and walked just 2 in 5 scoreless innings…SS Derek Dietrich went 3-3 with a double…RF Mikie Mahtook went 1-2 with a walk and his 3rd stolen base.

Beloit 9, BOWLING GREEN 3. RF Jeff Malm went 2-4 with a double.

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  1. Michael says:

    That Giminez guy.... I could live with him as a backup... almost.

    Better than Jaso right? At least?

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    • angrybuddha says:

      I saw him go down to his knees to block a ball in the dirt last night. Then he threw out two guys. At this point, I'll take him over Molina.

      With Lobaton and Chirinos shelved, I'm starting the campaign now:

      Gimenez to play in 120 games this year!

      [Still working on something catchier...]

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    • don says:

      Can't hit like Jaso, thats why he got cut from other teams, not because of his catching..

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    • Drew says:

      You know it's bad when your backup, who is a career .180 big league hitter, is better than your first free agent signing of the offseason.

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  2. don says:

    WHo was it that said we were better off with Keppinger out of line up and BJ in CF...I think Beth & Dave...
    Lets see Keppinger winning hit (yes hit... not a walk) he has stuck out one time in 15 games...
    Upton 0for4...3 strikeouts...now 6 strike outs in 6 games...right on target for 160 Strike outs for season..did his bat even touch a ball last night.....I can't remember??

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  3. Jason C says:

    I said it too, Don. Upton has 6 RBIs in his 5 or 6 games...how many does Keppinger have in his season? How many HRs? If you can honestly say that youd prefer this:
    Joyce/Jennings/Zobrist - OF
    Pena/Kepp/Sean/Longo - IF

    over

    Joyce/Upton/Jennings - OF
    Pena/Zobrist/Sean/Longo - IF

    then i'd say you seriously need to rethink your choice of sports. The 2nd grouping is better offensively and defensively. I will give you that Upton will strikeout many many many more times than Kepp...but he'll hit for much much much more power and drive in many many many more runs. He'll also play much much much better defense. Stopping runs and scoring them is what the game is about. Upton will stop more and score/drive in more...this really should be a no-brainer.

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  4. brianknowsbest says:

    Rule # 1 with Don... Do Not Engage
    Rule #2 w/ Don..... Do not Engage
    Rule # 3 w/ Don.... Shake your head and bang it against your keyboard
    Rule # 4 w/ Don.... WALK AWAY from the computer

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    • don says:

      Rul#5...Better know your baseball stuff before engagement, or you' end up posting stupid stuff...see above..

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      • Jason C says:

        Jeff Keppinger 15 games - .204 avg - 1 HR - 3 RBI
        BJ Upton 5 games - .214 avg - 1 HR - 6 RBI

        So, in 1/3 of the games, BJ has a higher batting average, the same amount of HRs and double the RBIs. Yes, he also has more Ks. This doesnt take into account that the rays are a better defensive team with Upton in there also. Keep up the hate though...

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        • Jason C says:

          I forgot to add that Keppinger had a full spring training with zero health issues. Yea, Upton has been just slightly more impressive.

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        • Dave L says:

          See? Its hopeless.

          About 1 out of every 5 Rays games i attend there is a "Don" within earshot.

          They really cannot stand and are deeply offended that BJ is even on the field. Any play in which he is involved is just gets them upset.

          And when he makes a good play, they shake their head and in some way try to denigrate it. They imagine he's lollygagging on virtually every fielding and baserunning play. They honestly root against him on every at bat and fielding play. Nothing gives them more pleasure than his striking out even though he is on our team.

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  5. angrybuddha says:

    Wait, are we really arguing:

    Upton vs. Keppinger, who would you rather have?

    Really?

    Wha?

    But, but... [splutters into nonsensicalities...]

    That is all...

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  6. Connie says:

    Cork, can you get some pics or stories about the new bat mascot?

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