The GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe.
Royals 10, RAYS 1 (boxscore)
THE GOOD: David Price. The more you hear Joe Maddon talk about Price, it is beginning to sound like Price will be back sooner, rather than later. He was originally scheduled for three rehab starts. But now I would be surprised if he made more than one…Jake Odorizzi. It wasn’t pretty, but he did his job, working 3.1 innings and giving the rest of the bullpen the night off. And with Odorizzi back in Durham today, Joe Maddon will have a fully-rested group of relievers for tonight. And with Matt Moore on the mound, he’s gonna need it…Tribute. I haven’t seen it yet, but heard the Rays put together a nice video tribute for James Shields. A nice gesture indeed.
THE BAD: Starting Pitching. Another Jeremy Hellickson start and another implosion. You can’t give up 8 runs in an inning. And you definitely can’t give up a 3-run home runs to Elliot Johnson. It just can’t happen. And now the Rays have allowed at least 10 runs in a game for the SEVENTH time this season. They did that 8 times in 2011 and 2012 COMBINED. And the starters have given up 5 or more runs 19 times this season. That is the most in the AL…Elliot Johnson. Where was this fire when EJ was playing for the Rays? And the Royals are probably wondering where this fire is when they are playing other teams. Johnson is 6-11 with 2 HR against the Rays this season. He is hitting just .202 with no home runs against everybody else.
THE TELLING: Kelly Johnson started at third base for the first time in his career…Jake Odorizzi was sent back to Durham after the game and Alex Cobb was reinstated from the bereavement list…James Shields will not pitch in this series…The Rays will have a second Joe Maddon Gnome giveaway (Aug. 3)…The Rays are 35-31, 5 games behind the Red Sox and 2 games behind the Yankees, who are in third place.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- Wil Myers talks about having to wait for his chance. [TampaBay.com]
- Rays head athletic trainer Ron Porterfield has been chosen to be the trainer for the AL All-Star team in his first year of eligibility (10 years service is required). [TBO.com]
- Here are the walk-up songs for all Rays players. [Designated Hits]
- It’s chart time at WDBB. Always worth a look. [WDBB]
- Why did the Bears give the Bucs one of their recent first round picks so easily? [JoeBucsFan]
DOWN ON THE FARM…
DURHAM 10, Indy 7. Alex Colome started but worked just 2.2 innings, striking out 2 and giving up a home run…Vince Belnome went 2-5 with a double and is now hitting .338…Wil Myers was 1-5 with 2 strikeouts. His 69 Ks are 3rd in the IL…Brandon Guyer stole 2 bases and now has 12 steals.
Jacksonville 8, MONTGOMERY 2. Mikie Mahtook went 1-4 and is hitting .245.
CHARLOTTE 6, Tampa 4. (game 1) Drew Vettleson went 2-2 with 2 walks…Jeff Malm hit his 6th home run.
Tampa 2, CHARLOTTE 1. (game 2) Taylor Motter stole his 17th base…Richie Shaffer had a double in 3 at bats.
BOWLING GREEN 7, Dayton 3. Justin O’Conner’s streak of 3 straight games with a home run came to an end as he went 1-4 with a walk.