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

Red Sox 7, RAYS 3 (boxscore)

THE GOOD: Flash Jennings. After the comeback win on Saturday night, things looked good when Desmond Jennings, batting 7th, drove in 2 runs with a single with 2 outs in the first, giving the Rays an early lead. Unfortunately, James Shields gave the lead right back in the 2nd inning.

THE BAD: Wasted Hits. The Rays entered the game 15-4 in games in which they had 10 hits. Make that 15-5 now after the Rays managed 10 hits, 5 walks, and a hit batter, and yet only managed 3 runs. And why did the Rays fail to score more runs? A lot has to do with striking out 10 times. Some will argue that a strikeout is no worse than any other out. But strikeouts don’t advance runners. And this was the 29th time this season that the Rays have struck out 10+ times, second only to the Orioles in the AL…James Shields. “Big Game” has now given up 4+ runs in 5 straight starts, and once again, the changeup wasn’t lethal (just 6 swing-and-misses) and Shields was bit by the home run bug (gave up 2)...Boss of the Ks. BJ Upton struck out 3 times. It was the third time he has done so in the last 8 games.

THE TELLING: The Rays are 46-43, just one-half game behind the Orioles in the Wild Card race…Matt Joyce began a rehab assignment yesterday with single-A Charlotte, going 1-3 with a double and a walk…Sam Fuld has now moved his rehab assignment to triple-A Durham…Evan Longoria took batting practice and fielder grounders this weekend.

THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA

  • MLB.tv had a massive failure on Friday night. And their “apology” just added insult to injury. [BI Sports]
  • Why did Hideki Matsui start on Sunday when Luke Scott has a .407 career average against Josh Beckett? [TBO.com]
  • Marc Topkin speculates that Hideki Matsui may be sent packing when Matt Joyce is activated (maybe as early as Wednesday). [TampaBay.com]
  • Catching up with Dan Johnson, who is once again have a great season…in triple-A. [HeraldOnline.com]
  • Will it be the fault of the fans if the Bucs are blacked out this season? [JoeBucsFan]

DOWN ON THE FARM

Charlotte 4, DURHAM 0. 1B Henry Wrigley went 3-4 with 2 doubles and is now hitting .342…DH Leslie Anderson also went 3-4 to raise his average to .315.

Mobile 11, MONTGOMERY 3. Matt Buschmann was pounded for 9 runs in 6 innings, raising his ERA to 4.17…SS Hak-Ju Lee went 1-4 and DH Ryan Garko hit his 7th home run.

Daytona 4, CHARLOTTE 3. Matt Joyce played right field and went 1-3 with a double and a walk…CF Mikie Mahtook was 0-3 with a walk…SS Derek Dietrich went 1-4.

BOWLING GREEN 4, Peoria 2. LF Josh Sale was 0-1, but walked 3 times…1B Jeff Malm went 1-4 with a walk.

Mahoning Valley @ HUDSON VALLEY. postponed

Burlington 2, PRINCETON 0. Blake Snell, a 2011 first round pick, gave up 2 runs in 4.2 innings. He now has a 0.99 ERA in 27.1 innings.

PRINCETON 3, Burlington 1 (game 2). Andrew Toles, a third round pick this year, was 1-2 with a walk and is hitting .341.

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  1. JoeRaysFan says:

    B.J. giving triple a new meaning.

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  2. Dave L says:

    I don't completely buy that a strikeout is the same as any other out. Its worse than many outs, however a while a strikeout will not advance any runners, neither will it lead to a double play. (except SO throw em out DP) So I think thats what leads to the concept by the equality statistically speaking, especially with regard to RISP.

    SO certainly feel worse and look worse and kind of sap the teams overall confidence IMO.

    Just like the BABIP is not always a matter of luck like some say. Hammering Shields pitches this year leads to more hits on BIP, unlike guys always getting a piece of but less likely hitting Helli's BIP cleanly which leads to more outs.

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  3. Hal says:

    Mr. Matsui was pleased that he gave good effort and was able to loft a majestic out to right field.

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