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

RAYS (boxscore)

THE GOOD: David Price. The Rays’ Ace deserved a better fate. As strong as the Rays’ bullpen is right now, the starters have done their job if they can give Joe Maddon 7 strong innings. And most of the time, that will be good enough. Yesterday it was not…Doin’ the ‘Los. Carlos Pena has now homered in 3 of the last 5 games and is now officially on one of his hot streaks. Let’s hope it sticks around for a while.

THE BAD: Kyle Farnsworth. We don’t want to pound on Farnsville too hard here. This soon back from injury, bad outings are to be expected. And without Joel Peralta (he worked 3 of 4 previous days), Joe Maddon went to his former closer in the 8th. Unfortunately, Farnsworth, who averaged 95 mph with his fastball when he was the closer, was only hitting 92-93 yesterday. And without that extra giddy-up, he may have been trying too hard to paint the corners and ended up walking four batters, including one with the bases loaded that tied the game. That’s not good for business. That’s not good for anybody…Luke Scott. Another 0-fer has left Luke Scott with no hits in his last 36 at bats, one shy of the club record. His average has dropped from .236 to .197. Joe Maddon says “we’ve got to stick with him”…Not So Sweet Swingin’. The Rays struck out a season-high 16 times. It was also the 24th time this season that the Rays have been struck out at least 10 times…

THE TELLING: The game took 3:47, the Rays’ second-longest 9-inning game this season…The Rays are 43-39, 6.5 back of the Yankees, and are 1.5 games behind the Orioles and Angels in the Wild Card standings. And according to CoolStandings.com, the Rays have a 25.4% shot at making the playoffs…The Rays will finish the first half with a 4-game set in Cleveland. It is the 3rd time in last 5 years the Rays have entered the break with a 4-game series against the Indians.

THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA

  • If you missed it earlier, Matt Joyce had a setback on his rehab assignment. [Rays Index]
  • Jeff Keppinger is day-to-day with a triceps bruise. Also, Jeremy Hellickson says his shin is nearly 100% and Hideki Matsui is not 100% but was available to pinch-hit yesterday. [TampaBay.com]
  • Stephen Vogt went on the DL at Durham after a collision at the plate left him with a possible concussion.
  • Looks like Evan Longoria tamed his beard a bit. [Twitter]
  • The Rays added two more post-game concerts. [TBO.com]
  • Chris Archer talks about his big league debut, including how David Price took Archer under his wing. [NewsObserver.com]
  • Our friends at Baseball News Source takes on Bud Selig’s recent comment on instant replay. [Baseball News Source]

DOWN ON THE FARM

DURHAM 8, Norfolk 2. Jim Paduch struck out 4 and gave up 2 runs in 5 innings. He allowed 6 hits and walked 2…SS Tim Beckham hit his 2nd home run of the year and 2B Reid Brignac went 3-4 and hit his 6th home run. He drove in 4 and is now hitting .232…DH Leslie Anderson was 2-4…RF Matt Joyce went 0-2 with a walk before asking to be pulled from the game.

MONTGOMERY 8, Mobile 2. Matt Buschmann pitched 7 strong innings, giving up just 2 runs on 7 hits and 2 walks. He struck out 4 and now has a 3.65 ERA…SS Hak-Ju Lee extended his hitting streak to 15 games with 2 more hits. He is now batting .267. He also stole his 28th base…RF Brett Nommensen hit his 2nd home run and LF Kyeong Kang hit his 10th.

Fort Myers 7, CHARLOTTE 5. SS Derek Dietrich went 2-5 with a 3-run double…OF Mikie Mahtook has not played since being pulled from a game on Monday after crashing into the outfield wall.

Fort Wayne 8, BOWLING GREEN 1. 2011 first round pick Tyler Goeddel hit his 6th home run…RF Drew Vettleson was 1-4 with a walk and LF Josh Sale went 0-4 with 3 strikeouts. Vettleson added his 11th steal.

Vermont 2, HUDSON VALLEY 1. DH Justin O’Connor was 2-4 with a double.

PRINCETON 6, Pulaski 5. 2011 first round pick Blake Snell gave up his first run in 4 pro starts, but it was the only one in 5 innings. His ERA is now 0.51 in 17.2 innings with 24 Ks and 7 walks.

Our old friend Rafael Soriano as a sprinkler…

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  1. Gus says:

    You are Leslie Anderson. All you do is hit in Durham. Meanwhile a guy who is 0 for the last month continues to get chance after chance while looking worse and worse. Maybe leaving Cuba wasn't such a good idea after all. US is the the land of opportunity -- but not so much for those out of favor with management in Durham.

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    • Rome says:

      You are Leslie Anderson. You are a left handed first baseman who doesn't have the fleet-footed speed that you once had when you were a highlight in the cuban leagues. You don't have pop but, hit well in AAA Durham. You were pulled from the 40 man roster, and were given a 4 million dollar contract to be a insurance policey. You are currently the 3 best firstbaseman on the Durham Roster. Pretty much you are Chris Richard without any major pop. Furthermore, you would be Casey Kotchman at best, circa 2009.

      Scott is and and has been a streaky hitter. Matsui is about not impressive what so ever. Who do you take off the roster to make room for a fill-in for Anderson?

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      • Chris D says:

        What? How is Anderson the 3rd best 1st baseman in Durham precisely? You can't possibly think Mangini is better.

        In any event, with the Rays, Anderson would DH or play RF, where he'd at least be better than Matsui.

        He may not have a ton of pop, but .446 SLG/.808 OPS isn't terrible. And again Matsui has no pop left.

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        • Gus says:

          Matsui seems to have nothing left. I assume he thinks Wrigley is better. I just figure with the $ spent on Anderson and his age (30 year old season), they should give him a crack and see what he has left.

          This offense is so bad, I think change for the sake of change might not be a bad idea.

          My memory of this season is Elliot Johnson sidearming a ball wide and high to 1B. Also, not sure if it me, but Pena's range seems way down this year.

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          • Chris D says:

            I guess I could buy Wrigley. He's also a righty, so if you wanted that, he's a possibility. But if you think Anderson is slow...oh boy you haven't seen Wrigley yet.

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        • Rome says:

          Chris, mi amigo. I did mean Wrigley. If I had to guess, i would say 1., Allen; 2. Wrigley; and 3. Anderson.

          I have nothing against Leslie Anderson. But, I would rather see Allen up before Anerdson due to his pop and range.

          I think that Brignac is working his way back to Tampa. He has been on fire as of late, and let's be honest, we could use consistancy at Shortstop.

          Matsui is pretty much done. He looks lost out there. It's sad to see.

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          • Chris D says:

            And to prove your point, Allen and Wrigley go back to back HR in the 4th for the Bulls.

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  2. Hal says:

    When does Reid get another shot? He'll never hit, but the glove is just so much better than anything else we put ot there. And are we really going to miss those 20 points of batting average at this point?

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    • Chris D says:

      His glove is fine. His hitting is not as good as it's looking in Durham. He still pulls pretty much everything and swings for the fences. Admittedly the HR last night was opposite field, but 330 over the not-quite monster is a flyout in the Trop.

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      • Rome says:

        I would rather have Briggy at short than Elliot. I would deal with his bat. Heck, Briggy fits right in with the likes of Molina, Srod, BJ, and the Durham Bench.

        Briggy could also move TBecks to 2nd and bring up Lee to Durham.

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