Yankees 4, RAYS 3 (boxscore)
THE GOOD: Evan Longoria. Longo is dialed in right now. He has been on base every game this season. He has a 10-game hitting streak (albeit, he has just 10 hits in those 10 games). And he has 5 home runs in the last 9 games, including one off the great Mariano Rivera last night.
THE BAD: 2012 Fernando Rodney Is Not Walking In From That Bullpen. Rodney has now allowed 4 earned runs in the month of April. He allowed 5 earned runs in 2012. He also allowed an inherited runner to score last night after allowing just 2 of 18 inherited runners to score in 2012. But maybe more telling, is when he entered the game. In 2012, does Joe Maddon use David Price to start the 9th inning? He had only thrown 92 pitches and a lefty (Robinson Cano) was leading off the inning. But Price has only pitched in the 9th inning four times in his career. And even though there have been other opportunities, Maddon has always been big on getting Price out of the game on a high note and not allowing him to get into trouble late in a game. But if Maddon lacks confidence in Rodney right now, JoeMa may have felt pressured to leave Price in for one more batter. And it backfired…David Price Frustrated. I’m not worried about how Price pitched. If Price can get through 8 innings allowing just 2 runs, the Rays will win most of those games. I am worried about how Price reacted to the loss. As fans, we want players to feel our pain, whether that is realistic or not. But Price seemed especially frustrated with last night’s loss. At one point he mentioned that the Rays were 0-5 in his starts and that he “didn’t feel better.” And later he sounded like he was growing frustrated with questions about his velocity, when he said “I’m not worried about velocity. I get asked every 5 days … I’m not worried about that” (via Roger Mooney).
THE TELLING: Rays are now 9-11, 4 games behind the Red Sox…For the third time, Joe Maddon allowed the Chamber of Commerce help him fill out the lineup. The Rays are now 2-1 in those games…Luke Scott went 1-4 in his first rehab game. He is scheduled to have today off…The Rays have outscored their opponents 16-3 in the first inning over the last 8 games.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- BJ Upton and his brother did something that hasn’t happened in 75 years. [BI Sports]
- A collection of the best catches by fans in the first month of the season. Rays games make a couple of appearances. [BI Sports]
- Darrelle Revis talks about joining the Bucs. [JoeBucsFan]
DOWN ON THE FARM…
DURHAM 4, Toledo 3. Wil Myers went 2-4 with a double, a walk and 2 strikeouts. He is hitting .317…Leslie Anderson went 0-5…Chris Gimenez was 3-4 with a walk and is now hitting .298.
MONTGOMERY 4, Tennessee 3. Mikie Mahtook was 1-4 with a double.
CHARLOTTE 3, St. Lucie 2. Luke Scott went 1-4 with an RBI and 2 strikeouts…Drew Vettleson and Richie Shaffer combined to go 0-7 with 2 strikeouts.
BOWLING GREEN 12, Fort Wayne 6. 2B Thomas Coyle had 3 walks and hit his first home run of the year.