RAYS 5, Orioles 4 (boxscore)
THE GOOD: Offense. The rays went 3 straight games without scoring a run. Since then, the Rays have gone 4-1 in 5 games and have scored 24 runs. The Rays also have 17 extra-base hits in their last 4 games…Jerry Sands. For the second straight game, Sands had a game-winning, pinch-hit. This time it was a home run that went over the left field foul pole…Yunel Escobar. Escobar batted second for just the second time and he came through with a first inning home run.
THE BAD: Evan Longoria’s hair. I’m not sure why he keeps doing this to himself or how he manages to make it worse every time (see above). Longo is not a poor man. He’s been cutting his own hair for a while. This is not new. But now he is letting his fiance color it.
THE TELLING: The Rays are now 28-43, 4.5 games behind the Red Sox for 4th place in the East…Juan Carlos Oviedo picked up his first save since 2011 and his first save ever since dropping his fake name, Leo Nunez…The Rays have signed their second-round pick, Cameron Varga, a high school pitcher…Jeremy Hellickson was scheduled to make one more rehab start, but he may now make 2 more starts in the minors after getting roughed up in his last start…The Rays have claimed right-handed pitcher Angel Sanchez off of waivers from the Marlins and assigned him to double-A.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- Yunel Escobar got a talking-to about not hustling on Sunday. Escobar was supposedly not feeling well enough to talk about the play with the media. [TampaBay.com]
- Joe Maddon has concerns about a new opening in the wall in center field (see below). [TBO.com]
- The Rays are apparently the “strong favorites” to sign a 15-year-old Dominican shortstop for $3 million. And the NBA is worried about 19-year-olds entering the draft. [MLBTR]
- Durham Bulls charts are always fun. [Watching Durham Bulls Baseball]
- Josh Freeman is going to work out with Jon Gruden. Yes, this is real life. [JoeBucsFan]
- DOWN ON THE FARM [boxscores] Enny Romero allowed 1 run in 6 innings to lower his ERA to 5.35. Hak-Ju Lee had 3 of the Bulls’ 8 hits, including a double. Mikie Mahtook went 0-4 with 3 strikeouts…Casey Gillaspie went 0-7 with 2 strikeouts in his second game as a pro, a 15-inning win for Hudson Valley.
The Trop has a cool new spot where you can watch the action from ground level.
These poor kids on Delmon Young’s 9th inning home run.