White Sox 2, RAYS 1 (boxscore)
THE GOOD: Matt Moore. Double-Nickel still throws too many fastballs up in the zone. Of his 71 fastballs, only 25 were below the mid-point of the strikezone. But he was able to get away with it yesterday because he had his other pitches working, and those were more consistently down in the zone. He had 8 swing-and-misses on non-fastballs, a good healthy total for him. As a result, he was able to work 7 innings, striking out 10 and walking just 1…Jose Lobaton. It was nice to see Lobotron back in the lineup. And despite struggling with the bat on his rehab assignment, he came through with a single, driving in the Rays’ lone run.
THE BAD: Lefties. Let’s face it, this team is going to struggle against lefties until Evan Longoria and Desmond Jennings get back. Yesterday they went 3-30 with 15 strikeouts and just 2 walks. That’s not going to win a lot of ballgames.
THE TELLING: Jose Lobaton was activated prior to the game and Chris Gimenez was sent back to Durham…The Rays are now a half-game behind the Orioles in the East, and 2 games ahead of the White Sox and Yankees in the Wild Card race.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- If you missed it last night, Hideki Matsui will join the Rays today. Look for Stephen Vogt to be demoted. Also, sounds like Matsui will wear no. 35.
- Kyle Farnsworth is hoping to return in late June. And Desmond Jennings is still another week away or so. [TampaBay.com]
- Joe Maddon tried to break the ice following Friday’s game by screaming obscenities…about his dog? [TampaBay.com]
- Joe Maddon liked how Fernando Rodney rebounded on Sunday. [TBO.com]
- This is strange. According to Elliot Johnson, this is his brother, who was drafted by the Rays THREE TIMES, and yet never played in the Rays organization. [Baseball-Reference]
- Here’s a look at the Rays’ contracts for 2013 and what they might do. [MLBTR]
- Have you seen this triple steal? [BI Sports] Or this brawl in the Big Ten tournament? [BI Sports] Or this catch? [BI Sports]
- Our friends over at Joe Bucs Fan are up for an award. Let’s give them some support with our votes. [933flz.com]
- Here is an NFL Power Rankings for the next four years. Bucs are not looking so hot right now. [BI Sports]
DOWN ON THE FARM…
Indianapolis 7, DURHAM 4. 1B Henry Wrigley had a 3-run double, and RF Leslie Anderson went 4-4 with a double, raising his average to .326…SS Reid Brignac went 0-4 and is hitting .172.
Mississippi 6, MONTGOMERY 0. SS Hak-Ju Lee went 0-4 and is now hitting .232…The Biscuits managed just 3 hits, all singles.
CHARLOTTE. no game scheduled
BOWLING GREEN 14, Fort Wayne 7. DH Jake Hager drove in 5 and went 2-5 with a double and a triple…RF Drew Vettleson went 1-5 with a triple and 2 RBI…C Alejandro Segovia was 3-5 with his 2nd and 3rd home runs of the season.
Camera guys don’t get enough credit. Watch how quickly this camera determines that Ben Zobrist will make the play (not BJ Upton), zooms in, focuses, and sticks with Zobrist for the great diving grab. That can’t be easy…