White Sox 7, RAYS 2 (boxscore)
THE GOOD: Godzilla. Hideki Matsui came. He met with the media. He just missed a home run. He hit a home run. He met with the media again. Here’s the video. Note how he knows instantly that it is gone. And also note the huge smile on his face as he crosses home plate.
THE BAD: James Shields. In his defense, there is not much he could have done short of a shutout. But he was not good last night. Strangely, it wasn’t the home run that beat Shields. It was 9 singles and a double that turned into 6 runs (5 earned).
THE TELLING: 30-35 members of the Japanese media were on hand to see and talk with Hideki Matsui…The Rays are still tied with the Orioles atop the AL East.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- We already know this. But nice to see others recognizing the Rays for what they are. [Grantland]
- Expanded replay is coming to Major League Baseball. [BI Sports]
- BJ Upton thinks Hideki Matsui is going to help grow the Rays’ fanbase. [TampaBay.com]
- Now that Alex Cobb is throwing for the Rays, the next big pitching prospect is Chris Archer. Here is more on him. [MILB.com]
- A familiar name has landed with the Marlins. [WDBB]
- BRaysball Talk wants pictures of Rays fans. Help them out. [BRaysball Talk]
- Did the Bucs mis out on an under-the-radar QB? [JoeBucsFan]
DOWN ON THE FARM…
Indianapolis 3, DURHAM 1. Chris Archer struck out 8 and walked just 1 in 6 innings. He gave up 3 runs (2 earned) and 6 hits. His ERA is now 4.76…LF Jeff Salazar provided the lone run with a solo home run…SS Reid Brignac went 3-4 with 2 doubles.
MONTGOMERY 4, Mississippi 1. Matt Buschmann held the Braves to 1 run in 7 innings on 5 hits and 2 walks. He struck out 6…SS Hak-Ju Lee went 0-4.
CHARLOTTE 4, Jupiter 2. CJ Riefenhauser allowed 1 run in 5 innings, striking out 7 and walking 3…RF Mikie Mahtook hit his 2nd home run of the year.
BOWLING GREEN 8, Fort Wayne 2. Felipe Rivero struck out 7 and walked none in 6 innings, giving up 4 hits and just 1 run. His ERA is now 1.89 in 9 starts…SS Jake Hager his his first home run and 1B Jeff Malm added 2 doubles…RF Drew Vettleson was 0-4 with a walk and 2 Ks…LF Josh Sale returned to the lineup and went 1-4 with a walk.