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, Marlins 0 (boxscore)

THE GOOD: Alex Cobb. Serious question: Does Jeff Niemann automatically re-enter the rotation when he comes back from the DL? Is Niemann really a better option than Cobb at this point? Or is Niemann, along with Kyle Farnsworth, one of two big bullpen additions this team makes in the second half? In the meantime, hello Alex Cobb. 7 shutout innings, a career-high 10 Ks and just 2 hits and 1 walk. And the second hit didn’t come until the 7th inning when somebody apparently jinxed his 1-hitter…Carlos Pena. ‘Los went 2-3 and is now one hit from reaching .200 (he is now hitting .199)…Zorilla. Ben Zobrist had 2 hits and now has multi-hit games in 6 of the last 7 games. Umm, yeah, Zo is hot and getting hotter.

THE BAD: No Offense. The Rays are still just 12th (out of 14) in the AL with a .701 OPS. And that is despite leading the AL with 244 walks. They are also middle of the road (7th) with 67 home runs. But they only have 94 doubles (12th).

THE TELLING: Brandon Gomes was sent back to Durham after the game. No corresponding move has been made yet. Supposedly, it won’t be Evan Longoria or Jeff Keppinger. But we imagine Longo is pleading his case…Sam Fuld is hoping to start a rehab assignment in July…The Rays are now 3.5 back in the AL East and 2 behind the Orioles.

THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA

  • Ben Zobrist says Derek Shelton and Drew Sutton are to thank for his recent hot streak. [TampaBay.com]
  • Here’s a cool shot of Evan Longoria during his first rehab game in Durham. [Facebook]
  • One reason the Orioles are in the playoff hunt? Former Rays pitcher Jason Hammel. [ESPN.com]
  • BJ Upton was a clue in the Sunday New York Times crossword puzzle. [@jclaireb]
  • And here’s David Price sporting his “Kimbo” shirt prior to Sunday’s game. [@RaysGameDay]
  • Prospect Chris Archer talks about his motivations to reach the big leagues.[NewsObserver.com]
  • Finally, some good news on the Bucs. [JoeBucsFan]

DOWN ON THE FARM

Lehigh Valley 2, DURHAM 1. Lance Pendleton only allowed 1 run in 5 innings despite walking 5 batters and hitting a sixth…After going 1-4 on Saturday, Evan Longoria did not play last night…LF Leslie Anderson was 1-4 and SS Reid Brignac went 0-3 with a walk and a strikeout.

Huntsville 3, MONTGOMERY 1. Matt Buschmann struck out 10 in just 5 innings, giving up 3 runs on 8 hits and 1 walk. His ERA is now 3.77…SS Hak-Ju Lee went 2-5 and is hitting .243. He also stole his 22nd base.

CHARLOTTE. no game scheduled

BOWLING GREEN 9, Fort Wayne 3. LF Josh Sale went 1-4 with a 3-run triple…1B Cameron Seitzer added hits, including 2 doubles…RF Drew Vettleson went 2-5.

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  1. don says:

    Heres what you wont read in the Media: Rays attendance yesterday of 33,000+ out drew any game played in the Marlins new $600 mil stadium last weekend with the Rays (and yes the Marlins also had free concerts and fan give aways)
    SO you "Rays have a bad stadium" distractors might have to find other excuses.....spending $600 mil won't help..
    and if you want to discuss location, have you ever been to Hialeah?...I'll take ST. Pete..another excuse gone...
    Want the REAL reason?

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    • Russ says:

      Yes, the Rays did draw 33,000+ yesterday, but the Marlins did draw 29,628; 30,963; and 31,111 for that weekend. The Rays had 18,369; 22,332; and 33,810 for the weekend.

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      • don says:

        SO the MArlins get 5,000 more fans on some games for $600 mil...sounds like good business to me, Oh I forgot the Marlins owners didn't pay for the stadium the taxpayers did.....
        thens its ok..

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        • KillaTapes says:

          29,000 - 18,000= 11,000
          31,000- 22,000= 9,000

          I'm no mathematician, but just by looking at it, I'd say 11,000 and 9,000 are both more than 5,000. I don't know though, you're the expert.

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          • don says:

            Ok mathematician:Noticed you left off the Day the Rays out draw them, so let me help you
            rays at miami for three days=91,702
            Miami at the trop =74,511
            Thats 5,700 more per day @$30=$171,000, now tell me genius are you going to spend $600MIL to get 171,00 for 81 days..I would like to do business with you mathematician and all

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    • Gus says:

      Don is correct. The new stadium = increased attendance is a canard in Florida.

      Miami will still show some honeymoon effect in 2012 because they sold some more season tickets, but when you look at actual fans in the stadium there is no difference.

      Much better to put the money into the team. Less risk, more upside.

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    • Dave L says:

      Three act post game Concert incessantly promoted for 3 months had nothing to do with the increased attendance don't forget..........

      Just a mere coincedence

      Of course they were there for the Josh Johnson vs Alex Cobb heavyweight battle.

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  2. Hal says:

    I hate Gomes going down versus JP to the DL. He's got an obvious bulging left roster spot.

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    • Sarah says:

      Wait, I thought a bulging roster spot was a sign of health -- I believe you mean a "sagging left roster spot". That requires immediate DL treatment.

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  3. Joe says:

    It's really becoming a good question with Niemann but I think he will go back to the rotation because A) Maddon is always saying he's there best when he's on and B) he takes forever to warm up.

    If Niemann or Cobb went to the pen, who would lose their job? It's either Ramos or the DL for JP, would they go down to 1 leftie for Niemann or just send Cobb down? There's the real question

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    • Dave L says:

      if past is prologue the Niemann question will be moot.

      We have a tendency to assume once everybody is back.....

      Forgetting that someone always gets hurt.

      Its like in college football week 5 when 'Oh my god what happens when 4 teams are undefeated!' and of course they never are.

      Plan for injuries as the Rays have done and it will lessen he pain.

      im not planning for or predicting major injury but just watch, when Niemann gets ready to come back someone will get something strained back or whatever. Injuries real or imagined. Even if no one gets hurt, whoever is struggling at that time (and somebody will be) will get a aggravated genectagazoink and miss a couple of starts and get his act together in rehab in Durham. My guess is MM.

      Its baseball 2012 and a long season. No roster is static.

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