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

uspw_7100778Red Sox 5, RAYS 1 (boxscore)

THE GOOD: Jeremy Hellickson. Hellboy stretched it out a bit, throwing 3 innings, striking out 4 and walking none. He allowed 1 run.

THE BAD: Rays Took The Day Off. Unless the rule has changed, teams are supposed to use at least three players we would call “regulars” when they go on the road in Spring Training. But the only two players that played yesterday for the Rays that might even be considered regulars were Ryan Roberts and Sean Rodriguez. And that is a stretch, since both of those guys are not likely to be starters in the regular season. In fact, five of the players that started for the Rays aren’t even on the 40-man roster. It will be interesting to see if MLB fines the Rays for skirting the rules.

THE TELLING: Teams are allowed to wear their new Spring Training caps during the regular season, so don’t be surprised to see the Sunburst logo lids when the games count.

THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA

  • The MLB 2K13 video game launches today with David Price on the cover. As part of the launch, Price will take over the @2KSports Twitter account at 5pm and will answer questions from fans. [David Price]
  • The Rays will once again shave their heads to support the Pediatric Cancer Foundation. If you donate $100, you can join them. [Joe Maddon]
  • Jake McGee’s velocity is down early on, but he says it is intentional. [TBO.com]
  • MLB Trade Rumors takes a look back at the Matt Garza trade and how it looks two years later. [MLBTR]
  • According to a report in TBO.com, this could be the song you hear this season when the Rays take the field at the Trop…

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  1. Kyle Harris says:

    I really do not like this song. We need a more powerful song with some bass to pump up the team.

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  2. Rob says:

    Great cruising music... not sure about running onto a baseball field, lol.

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  3. alex smith says:

    This is a great song, and it always has been quite inspiring.

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  4. Dave L says:

    This may be Rays heresy but here it goes.

    I have always been the one to maintain that Roberto Fausto was brought here to be a starting pitcher and I howled the loudest when some suggested that he would fill the WD40 role in the pen.

    But hear me now Rays fans.

    There is a 3 way race for the final 2 spots in the rotation. MM has the inside track but if he continues to struggle early, and if Jeff and Roberto look impressive, the Rays may decide to let Matt work through his control probs in Durham by hook or by crook.

    Dont be surprised

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    • J 2.0 says:

      Won't happen unless he struggles in his first 10 starts in regular season. 1. MLB teams don't really put too much stock in Spring Training and 2. He is committed to a long term deal. He will be fine.

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      • Dave L says:

        Thats the point. MM has struggled comparatively speaking his first 10 starts at all levels. So what I'm saying is that if Niemann and Fausto both have strong springs and are healthy (a big if no doubt) and Matt can't consistantly find the strike zone by the end of March dont be surprised if he gets some phony injury and works out his early season struggles in Durham not St Pete.

        Of course we are committed long term and he will be fine I agree. But I dont see him to be the mortal lock to start the season that DP, Helli and Cobb are. Most likely? - yes.

        We shall see....

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  5. Don says:

    I remember when people (fans and insiders) were touting "Moore" as the next coming of Kofax, I said look.. hes a good minor league pitcher with a chance to make it in the Majors...well guess what hes not even Price material,he does have a good chance to make it, but let the best "5" have their spot in the rotation... everyone else to earn a spot....Moore show me(us) more.....

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