RAYS 6, Yankees 3 (boxscore)
THE GOOD: Sean Rodriguez continues to produce, sorta. Two more hits including his 8th home run. He is hitting just .215 and his OBP is a horrible .260. But if kept the same home run pace and was an everyday player, he would be on pace for 39 home runs…Brad Boxberger. So far, Joe Maddon is sticking to his promise of a true closer-by-committee, with Boxbergler getting the final 3 outs on Wednesday with 2 coming by strikeout.
THE BAD: Evan Longoria. Whatever is wrong with Longoria is now in his head. In just the past week we’ve seen him sulking in the dugout long after a game had ended and he has slammed at least 2 helmets on strikeouts…Baserunning. Joe Maddon has decided to get back to being more aggressive on the basepaths, saying the team had been waiting for things to happen and things weren’t happening. That, by itself, is great. But there is aggressive and there is too aggressive. The Rays can’t continue to give away 4 outs on the basepaths. That will come back to haunt them.
THE TELLING: According to the Herald-Sun, Vince Belnome has been called up to the Rays. It is not clear who he is replacing, but the guess would be Cesar Ramos who is expected to take paternity leave on Friday or Saturday. That would also explain why there has been no official announcement yet…Wilson Betemit, Merrill Kelly, Mikie Mahtook, and Mike Montgomery have been named to the International League All-Star team…Joel Peralta’s appearance yesterday tied Estaban Yan for most appearances by a pitcher in franchise history (266)…The Rays are now 38-49, 1.0 game behind the Red Sox for 4th place in the East and 9.5 games behind the Blue Jays. On June 11, the Rays were 15 games behind the Jays…The Rays are 16-13 this season when they wear navy jerseys (including the faux-back jersey). They are 20-35 in all other jerseys…Don’t look now, but the Rays chances of making the playoffs is up to 4.1%. It was not long ago that it was less than 1%…On Monday, James Shields will make his first start at the Trop since being traded…Friday’s and Sunday’s games against the Tigers will be aired on ESPN.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- The Rays have reached an agreement to sign one of the best international free agents, Adrian Rondon, a 15-year-old shortstop. They will give him a $3.3 million bonus which is above their allowed limit. The Rays will have to pay a tax and be limited in their ability to sign international free agents the next two open periods. [MLBTR]
- According to Marc Topkin, Adrian Rondon is being compared to Starlin Castro and Hanley Ramirez.
- DOWN ON THE FARM [boxscores] Alex Colome struck out 6 and walked 2 in 7 innings. He allowed just 1 run in the Bulls’ 5-3 win. The big blow was Mikie Mahtook’s 8th home run, a 3-run shot in the 5th inning. Right fielder Justin Christian and second baseman Robby Price each went 3-3 with a walk….Montgomery managed just 3 hits in a 7-0 loss while Victor Mateo allowed 7 runs in 5 innings…Josh Sale hit his 3rd home run of the season in Charlotte’s loss…