We’re back from our mini Hangover vacation and we have a bunch of links, so let’s get to it.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- Sam Fuld is close to returning. Jeff Niemann is expected to be back in August. Robinson Chirinos will likely not return this season. And nothing new on Evan Longoria. [TampaBay.com]
- Reid Brignac could be back with the Rays before rosters expand in September. [TBO.com]
- There’s one report that the Rays have reached a deal with their top pick from this year’s draft, Richie Shaffer. [Twitter] Marc Topkin reported yesterday that the two sides were “very close.” [TampaBay.com]
- Great minds? Yep, great minds. [TampaBay.com]
- Not much of an All-Star game if the stars are barely playing. [BI Sports]
- The Mayor of Tampa says it is time to start looking at other options for the Rays. [Shadow of the Stadium]
- Joe Maddon almost didn’t make it back to St. Pete in time for yesterday’s workouts because he made his flight for the wrong day. [MLB.com]
- Marc Topkin has five questions for the Rays and the second half. [TampaBay.com]
- Watching Durham Bulls Baseball is back with a bunch of All-Star break charts breaking down the Durham Bulls. [WDBB]
- One writer says the Montgomery Biscuits have one of the most stylish caps of all-time. [Esquire]
- Stu Sternberg has invested in a company that allows fans to interact and receive player autographs via their iPads. Joe Maddon and several Rays players are among the first players/managers available. [TampaBay.com]
- This is not a good sign for the hopes of Ronde Barber being a good safety. [JoeBucsFan]
DOWN ON THE FARM…
Charlotte 6, DURHAM 4. 2B Tim Beckham was 0-5 with 2 strikeouts…DH Leslie Anderson had a double in 4 at bats. He is hitting .308…1B Henry Wrigley went 2-4 to raise his average to .340…C Chris Gimenez hit his 5th home run.
MONTGOMERY 2, Jacksonville 1. Alex Colome struck out 9 in 6 shutout innings. But he did walk 6 and give up 3 hits…SS Hak-Ju Lee was 0-3 with a walk. He did steal his 29th base.
Lakeland 2, CHARLOTTE 1. 2B Derek Dietrich was 2-4 with a double and his 9th home run…LF Sam Fuld was 0-2 with a walk…RF Mikie Mahtook went 0-3 with a walk.
BOWLING GREEN 3, Burlington 2. 2B Ryan Brett had 3 hits including a double and drove in 2 runs. He also stole his 32nd base, which ranks 3rd in the Midwest League. His .320 average is 2nd.
PRINCETON 12, Danville 1 (game 1).
Danville 12, PRINCETON 1 (game 2).