Joe is back with his postgame thoughts… 

Of the Rays’ offseason aquisitions, probably the best was the signing of first baseman James Loney. The clutch hitter came through in the clutch again today to give the last-place Rays [as of this writing] a 3-1 win over the Yankmees.

Loney, who is hitting a league-best .402 in the seventh inning or later, belted a line drive just past the glove of Yankmees shortstop Jason Nix for a bases-loaded two-run shot to essentially give the Rays the win.

Joe knows the Rays’ braintrust doesn’t like signing hitters to long-term contracts, but Loney has earned the right to be re-signed.

Finally, the Rays’ bullpen pitched to its talent and was dynamite in the last two frames.

Overall, Joe was happy, about as happy as one can be with a win for a last-place team.



  1. OriginalTom says:

    Loney was excellent the first 2 months but has hit only .216 in June. If I were the Rays, I would wait to see what he does over the rest of the season before signing him to a multi-year deal.

  2. Craig says:

    Lets remember , although the Rays are technically in last place. The difference between first and last is only 5 games

    • Mr. Smith 1980 says:

      Exactly. Just like Toronto has made a mad dash from the cellar so can the Rays. Consistent pitching will cure all that ails this team.

      • JJ says:

        I’m happy to be the first to second that emotion Mr. Smith. Pitching was the one area I thought we could count on this year. Yesterday’s and today’s games showed how tenuous that belief is. 3 weeks worth of pitching normalcy going into the All Star break will determine just how far this team can go. Park the Taco Bus closer to the Trop if that what it takes.

  3. Ken says:

    I had hoped for a 5-2 road trip. Saturday and the second game of the Sux DH dashed that hope. However, rookies did start 4 of those games and gained valuable experience but…only 1 win. Looks like we’re gonna keep throwing the kids out there for a while at least so Hickey has some work to do.

  4. Burn H. says:

    I like the idea of extending James, but the FO must have it’s reasons. I wonder if they had extended Fernando back when he was generating those rumors during the WB Classic, would we have been better off or not?

    • Mr. Smith 1980 says:

      Just think how angry we’d all be had they re-signed Keppinger last year. He was a huge contributor to the team last season, but it was somewhat easy to see it as an anomaly and they let him go get over-paid elsewhere.

  5. Old bob says:

    There is an interesting post on yahoo sports home page under sb nation about rays pitching chart.

  6. KT says:

    cool story bro

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