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

RAYS 10, Rangers 1 (boxscore)

THE GOOD: Chris Archer. Big Tree struck out 12 and allowed just 1 run. But most importantly, Archer worked 7 innings for the first time since before the All-Star break. His ERA is now 3.24, 17th best in the AL. His FIP is even better (3.04), 12th in the AL. For comparison, David Price’s FIP this season has been 3.03…The Long Ball. Three home runs (and nearly a fourth by Curt Casali) and an easy win is exactly what the Rays needed after their 14-inning loss the night before in which the offense couldn’t do anything over the last 8 innings. Joyce’s home run was especially welcome. Joyce has been hitting well since the All-Star break (.328 AVG, .461 OBP), but that was his first home run of the second half.

THE BAD: (Let’s give this section the night off with the rest of the bullpen)

THE TELLING: Desmond Jennings was out of the lineup after crashing into the wall the night before. It doesn’t sound serious…The Rays have now allowed 3 runs or fewer in 17 straight road games, extending their AL Record…The Rays are now 59-61, 1 game behind Cleveland for 5th place in the Wild Card.

THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA

  • A fan from Tampa was killed following Tuesday’s night game in Arlington when he was struck by a car. [TampaBay.com]
  • DOWN ON THE FARM [boxscores] Tim Beckham went 4-6 in his first game of the season with the Durham Bulls, playing in the first game of a double-header (completed after being suspended the night before). Wil Myers went 1-3 in the same game with 3 walks. Nick Franklin played in both games and went 1-9 with 5 strikeouts. He is now 7-43 (.163) with the Bulls with 2 home runs…Casey Gillaspie hit his 7th home run for Hudson Valley…

Evan Longoria has a new bobblehead coming and it looks like it is just going to be him playing the drums.

Kevin Kiermaier is gonna jump so high to rob this home run! Or not.

JP Arencibia pitched in the 9th inning. Just before flying out to left field, Sean Rodriguez appeared to jokingly call Arencibia an “a-hole.” I don’t think these two have ever been teammates so I am not sure what the background is here. They both went to high school in Miami at about the same time, so maybe they know each other from a traveling team or just from playing against each other.

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  1. AJNO says:

    I THINK s-rod said "lets go", and then hit the first pitch JP threw him. i think they both jsut wanted to get it over with.

    Alligator Food...

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  2. Lane Meyer says:

    I hope that's a drum stick that bobblehead Longo is holding. It appears to be the same color as the flesh of his hand which could lead to confusion about exactly what he's holding.

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  3. Gus says:

    The starting pitching has just been ridiculous; except for the one bad Ordirizzi start v. LAA, this is a team that could pitch its way into something. No team will benefit from September roster expansion more than TB as it gives Maddon a bigger toolbox to try to get some offense and maybe save the bullpen a little bit.

    Nick Franklin is starting to remind me of Reid Brignac with that high power/low contact rate. Somebody better tell him to breath through his eyelids down in Durham.

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    • Ken H says:

      There's really nothing in Franklin's resume to date that would have us believe that he's the second coming of anybody the Rays don't already have rostered. What the front office sees in him is puzzling.

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  4. monte says:

    It's good to see Joyce still going strong. He usually tails off badly in the second half. Maybe he's come of age. I hope so.

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