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

A PROGRAMMING NOTE: I will be on a much needed vacation for the next few days, fishing in Louisiana. I’m not sure if there will be much in the way of updates. So please behave, and feel free to add your own Good, Bad, and Tellings to the comments.

Blue Jays 7, RAYS 4 (boxscore)

THE GOOD: (Give me a minute, I’ll think of something)

THE BAD: The Trop. Build a new stadium in St. Pete. Build a new one in Tampa. Build a new one in the Bay. I don’t care. Just build something that works. For the third time this season a game at The Trop was delayed by rain when lightning allegedly struck a local substation and knocked out a bank of lights. The delay was nearly 30 minutes. The Trop is a DOME and yet MLB.tv showed this for nearly a half-hour.

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THE TELLING: The Rays are now 6-12 in their last 18 games and will need to go 15-7 in their final 22 games just to finish with a winning record…The win guaranteed the Blue Jays their first series win at The Trop since 2007, a stretch of 22 series.

THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA

  • DOWN ON THE FARM [boxscores] The Durham Bulls lost their first playoff game against Columbus 9-4. Alex Colome gave up 4 runs in 5 innings on 5 hits and 3 walks, including 2 home runs and just 2 strikeouts. Jeremy Moore homered abd Cole Figueroa had a pair of hits but it wasn’t enough…Hudson Valley won their first playoff game 3-0. Enderson Franco struck out 8 and walked none in 7 shutout innings.
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  1. OriginalTom says:

    On the good side, Longo now has 81 RBI and a legitimate shot at 100.

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  2. starmand says:

    To avoid another season like this one, the Rays should book Avril Lavigne for next year's summer concert series.

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  3. JMN says:

    On a side note, the travel agents of the Rays players are busy booking early October vacation packages.

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  4. STARMAND says:

    What has been happening this season, we have seen before. The team, as a whole, can't hit even if their lives depended on it.

    For years, the team has relied on pitching and defense for its success. When that also falters...there you have the 2014 season. And it's not only this season, hitting made an exit time ago.

    With that in mind one wonders why money was spent on projects like H. Bell, for instance, when Monday-morning quarterbacking reflects that such money could have been spent in two glaring needs. An above-average hitter who could also be a leader and an influence in the clubhouse. A "senior statesman". Someone who the players could look up to, emulate and learn from.

    Take for instance (and admittedly not the best example), the KC Royals bringing up J. Shields and R. Ibanez. Shields we know. Rumour has it that the first thing that Ibanez said to his new teammates was that they had no idea how much the teams he was previously in, hated playing them. Because they were so tough. Something that apparently, the KC Royals did not "know" until then. And look at the streak they have.

    In that regard, let's have it. Who is the leader in the Rays clubhouse? Who is that voice? As for me, right now I can't think of anyone. And there's a problem.

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