RAYS 8, Angels 3 (boxscore)
THE GOOD: Thanking Felix. The Rays are now 4-0 since Felix Hernandez’ perfect game and have scored 37 runs in 36 innings…The Offense. In 85 games without Evan Longoria, the Rays averaged 3.9 runs per game. In 36 games with him, it is 5.2 runs and 6.2 since he returned. But the best part of the offense this weekend was the breather it gave Fernando Rodney. After working 4 straight games, and starting to look a bit worn out, he has now worked just once in the past 5 games…BJ Upton. Bossman now has 6 home runs in his last 8 games and went 7-18 in this 4-game series.
THE BAD: BJ Upton. As hot as BJ Upton seems to be, he is also as cold as ever. He has gone 7 games
without a with just 1 walk. And he has now struck out in 6 of his last 9 at bats.
THE TELLING: Sean Rodriguez will likely be demoted this week to make room for the return of Luke Scott. This could happen as early as tomorrow. Of course it will be short term with rosters expanding on Sept. 1…Jose Molina (3) now has just 2 fewer stolen bases that Carl Crawford (5)…Jeff Niemann gave up 12 hits and 4 runs in 4.1 innings in his 3rd of 4 rehab starts…Top Prospect Hak-Ju Lee has been placed on the disabled list with an oblique injury and his season is likely over…The Rays went 8-2 on the 10-game road trip. And that included a perfect game…The Rays are now 67-54, leading the Wild Card race and 1.5 games ahead of the 3rd place A’s, 3.0 games in front of Detroit and 5.5 ahead of the Angels. The Red Sox have fallen to 8.5 back.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- Be sure to click the <Read More…> below for a funny video of BJ Upton.
- And here is the nasty collision between Carlos Pena and Jose Molina. [Twitter]
- I would just like to point out that the Tailgate song for Saturday’s game was “Stayin’ Alive.” Just sayin’. It’s also fun to look at the Game Graph from Saturday’s game. [The Tailgate]
- The Durham Bulls turned a Web Gem-worthy double play this weekend. [WDBB]
- Kyle Farnsworth and Wade Davis had a kiss cam moment on Friday. [TampaBay.com]
- I defended JP Howell late last year a lot and a little bit this season. So it is nice to see him pitching so well. But as far as Dude goes, I am still not a fan because of his childish antics on the mound, and likely never will be. [TampaBay.com]
- Can the Carl Crawford saga get worse? It sounds like he is ready to give up on the season and have elbow surgery. [HardballTalk]
- Are some fans warming up to Derek Shelton. [BRaysballTalk]
DOWN ON THE FARM…
Gwinnett 13, DURHAM 10 (11). Jeff Niemann made his 3rd of 4 rehab starts, and was pounded for 12 hits and 4 runs in 4.1 innings. He struck out 3…LF Leslie Anderson was 3-6 with a double. He’s hitting .315…DH Henry Wrigley had a double in 6 at bats with 3 Ks. He’s hitting .302…SS Reid Brignac raised his average to .234 with a pair of hits…And Tim Beckham is now hitting .253 after going 2-4 with his 4th home run.
Pensacola 9, MONTGOMERY 2. 2B Derek Dietrich was 2-5 with a double and an RBI…RF Mikie Mahtook was 0-3 with a walk.
CHARLOTTE 5, St. Lucie 4. Albert Suarez pitched 5 shutout innings, striking out 2 and walking none…2B Robby Price went 3-4 with a walk…Luke Scott DH’d going 2-3 with a double and 2 walks.
South Bend 6, BOWLING GREEN 5. RF Drew Vettleson was 3-5 with 2 doubles and his 14th home run…SS Jake Hager added his 8th home run and a double…LF Josh Sale was 1-3 with 2 walks.
HUDSON VALLEY 2, Lowell 1. Sean Bierman gave up just 1 run on 3 hits and a walk in 7 innings. He struck out 6.
PRINCETON 10, Johnson City 2. RF Ariel Soriano went 2-5 with his 2nd home run.
If BJ Upton is too busy to give you an autograph, calling him Melvin is not going to change his mind. But it will cause him to snap at you and say bad words…