USATSI_7389176_154511044_lowresThe GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe.

RAYS 2, Blue Jays 1 (boxscore)

THE GOOD: Lobatron! Jose Lobaton introduced us to the Weekend of Lobatron. Two walk-off hits including a walk-off triple on Friday and a walk-off home run on Sunday. Prior to this weekend he had never had a big league walk-off hit. How much ice cream is that worth? All of it! And it wasn’t just the bat this weekend. He even stopped at least one would-be wild pitch with Fernando Rodney on the mound that Joe Molina wouldn’t have dreamed of stopping…Big Tree! Chris Archer said after his last start that The Tree just needs a little weather to grow when asked about his starts in August. Well, The Tree got some new weather and on Sunday he looked like The Big Tree. And once again he got back to what was working, staying within the strikezone and hitting his spots. He struck out 5 and walked none…Dirtbag! Evan Longoria is starting to get a little toasty which means the team is about to go on another run. He went 4-7 on Saturday and Sunday with 2 doubles and a home run. He now has 10 extra-base hits in his last 11 games. Buckle up folks. The starting pitching looks good and the key hitters are warming up again.

THE BAD: Red Sox. The Rays are back within 1 game of the Red Sox thanks in large part to the Sox own idiotic ways. They hit Alex Rodriguez on purpose which led to 2 runs. He then got pissed and hit a HR later. The Yankees won by 3…Joe Maddon. It has gotten to the point where I loathe putting Joe Maddon in The Bad and I don’t put him in The Good nearly enough. But why is Jason Bourgeois leading off? What is on his resume that say Bourgeois should be the guy at the top of the order. And yes, he did get one hit and scored a run. And yes, he was pulled late in the game. But come on, it’s Jason Bourgeois.

THE TELLING: Ryan Roberts cleared waivers and accepted his assignment to triple-A. I would expect to see Roberts back in September, but the Rays would have to make room on the 40-man roster again…Desmond Jennings had a single, a stolen base, and scored a run in 3 at bats for single-A Charlotte. He is expected to be activated today…The Rays signed former major league reliever Carlos Fisher and assigned him to double-A. Fisher made 74 appearances for the Reds from 2009 through 2011…This was the Rays’ 10th walk-off win. And after starting the season 2-5 in extra-inning games, the Rays have now won 5 in a row…The Rays are now 70-52, 1.0 game behind the Red Sox, but are actually 1 game ahead of the Red Sox in the all-important loss column (you can add wins, you cannot subtract losses). The Rays are also 3.5 games ahead of the Orioles for the second Wild Card spot.

THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA

  • Jose Lobaton’s real ice cream reward came on the plane. [@Jlobaton21]
  • Why did this Joe Henderson column about Bud Selig and the stadium situation disappear from TBO.com? [Shadow of the Stadium]
  • Remember the Happy Heckler? His mansion is now rotting in foreclosure (thanks, Davis). [TampaBay.com]
  • The Red Sox threw at Alex Rodriguez intentionally last night. He then hit a home run. Here are the GIFs. [BI Sports]
  • Do you love it when Joe Maddon argues with umpires? We may never see it again after this season. [BI Sports]
  • BJ Upton is basically just a platoon outfielder now, facing lefties only. Upton’s response: “What’s my argument?” [AJC.com]
  • Don’t forget, Joe has everything you need to know from the Bucs’ second preseason game. [JoeBucsFan]

DOWN ON THE FARM

DURHAM 8, Charlotte 5 (game 1). JD Martin gave up 3 runs in 6 innings for his 15th win, a Durham Bulls triple-A record…Tim Beckham went 2-4 with a double and an RBI.

DURHAM 5, Charlotte 1 (game 2). Cory Wade started the make-up game and struck out 5 in 3 shutout innings…Tim Beckham went 1-3.

Mississippi @ MONTGOMERY. postponed, rain.

CHARLOTTE 2, Palm Beach 0 (7). Dylan Floro pitched a rain-shortened shutout, striking out 3 and walking none in 6 innings…Desmond Jennings went 1-3 and stole a base on his rehab assignment…Drew Vettleson was 1-3 with an RBI.

BOWLING GREEN 7, South Bend 1. Blake Snell struck out 8 in 5 innings, but walked 5. He still held the Silver Hawks to just 1 run by giving up just 3 hits…Andrew Toles went 3-5 with a double to raise his average to .330, which is 3rd in the Midwest League. He also stole 2 bases and has now swiped 56 this season, tops in the ML.

Lowell 4, HUDSON VALLEY 3.

PRINCETON 3, Danville 1.

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  1. Amanda says:

    I liked Price going up to Lobaton during the interview with an armful of ice cream and shouting "MAS!" And I liked the radio call of "It's ice cream time!" But in this video from the TV feed:

    http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?topic_id=vtp_budweiser&content_id=29832323

    I loved that Lobaton asked Price, "I get ice cream?" to which Price answered, "You get ice cream!" lol

    Also, Lobaton's weekend is everything that's good and holy about baseball. There's no statistician in the world that could have predicted it because there was the human element involved, and something stats can't account for. His parents were in the country seeing him play for the first time. I can't say that this is exactly why he had such a great weekend, but there's something to be said for emotion.

    It's the same thing when players are off or on for various reasons, whether it's their dog died, their newborn kept them up all night, or they promised a sick child they'd do something for them when they visited the hospital. I've heard people say that that kind of stuff shouldn't bother them because they get paid millions to play a kid's game. But even a billion dollars doesn't stop someone from being human and having emotions and being affected by the ups and downs that are a part of life.

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  2. Gus says:

    Loney needs to play every day, every inning. Pulling him for S-Rod in the 7th a tie game where that slot was almost guaranteed to get another plate appearance (absent a dp) was Maddening.

    S-Rod's subsequent baserunning blunder only emphasized the point. With important gamne situations, Loney is one of the Rays best hitters. Maybe Zobrost or Myers would be ahead. Stop doing that JoeMa.

    Congrats to Lobaton. He should be the 75% catcher down the stretch.

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    • OriginalTom says:

      I was thinking the same thing Gus, although I think the move is okay if they are down by a run in the 8th or the 9th.

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  3. rome says:

    Nice win. Still, the bats are going cold. Lucky win.

    Roberts- should not get called up; Figuroa, Belnome, Leslie Anderson, Yates, CJ Ruefenhauser (spelling), Geltz, JD Martin, Matt Buschman are more deserving of a 40 man spot to be cleared for them then Roberts at this point. Nothing against Roberts, I like him, good guy. It just seems likthere is nothing left for him to show the Rays.

    You are better off giving any playing time to Tim Beckham then to Roberts... again.

    I wish him well and would have rather had Ryan Roberts then Will Rhymes last year.

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  4. KT says:

    I watched the Red Sux game, and couldn't believe they'd be dumb enough to throw at A-Rod like that, with such an important game on the line. I got the feeling right away that it would bite them in the arse, and it sure did! Good for us though, here's to hoping they keep making poor decisions the rest of the way.

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    • Beth says:

      But it would have bitten a lot harder had the umpire ejected Dempster, as he should have. It reminded me of the time the Red Sox Morales threw several pitches behind and near Luke Scott before finally hitting him. It was clear that hitting him was the goal. Why let a pitcher clearly signal his intention like that without penalty? Cautioning both teams after the deed is done is hardly punishment.

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      • Andrew says:

        I found it interesting in that game, 2 more yankee batters were hit in that game and pitcher not ejected despite the warnings issued

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        • Beth says:

          Really? I only watched the first 3 innings and then the very end so I didn't see that. I thought a caution = ejection automatically. But I guess the umpire has discretion to determine whether it was intentional.

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        • Cork Gaines says:

          It's not automatic. It just gives the umpire more power to eject on borderline pitches. In this case, both of those pitches were clearly unintentional. One was a big bending curveball that clearly just slipped. The other was in the dirt and just happened to hit the batter's foot on the way by.

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          • Andrew says:

            Thanks for clearing it up Cork. I had only saw the one that hit the batter's foot. The other one I had heard it across the room when my dad yelled at the TV...While not a yankees fan, he can't stand Boston.

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  5. Lane Meyer says:

    I'm glad the Yankees won but if the ump called it correctly and warned both benches after Dumpster threw behind A-Rod, he would have been ejected when he hit him and the Sox would have had to burn 8 innings of bullpen before a west coast road trip. The Yankees still likely win the game but also cripple the Sox pen for a few days. That's why the league needs to monitor these calls because they can affect more than just the teams playing.

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  6. pj patras says:

    OK, I look at this roster, and I don't see a leadoff hitter, unless it's the Pheenom, and he's too valuable making people pitch to Longo. But _somebody_ has to hit #1. So why not someone the other guys may not have a good book on?

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