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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.

RAYS 2, White Sox 1 (boxscore)

THE GOOD: Asdrubal Cabrera hit a 2-run home run off of Chris Sale in the 7th inning as he was working on a 1-hit shutout. Cabrera coming through in that moment is shocking enough — it was the Rays’ first hit since Brandon Guyer led off the game and it was ASDRUBAL CABRERA — but that was trumped by finding out that Cabrera actually called the shot, telling Tom Foley prior to the at bat that if Sale challenged him with a fastball, he was “going to hit one.” He got a fastball and took it deep, immediately looking at Foley in the dugout and pointing…Nathan Karns needed a big performance if the Rays were going to win. The Rays were facing one of the top pitchers in baseball. He is a non-divisional foe (the Rays don’t see him often) and it was a Sunday afternoon game, where bats go to die. But Karns came through, giving up just 1 run and striking out 8 in 6 innings…Kevin Jepsen picked up his 5th save, rebounding nicely from his last outing when he gave up 3 runs and recorded just 1 out. And this save wasn’t easy, shutting down the White Sox with a 1-2-3 inning in a 1-run game. But the key relief performance came in the 8th inning from Steve Geltz who took the mound immediately after the Rays had taken a 2-1 lead. Geltz was tasked with facing the 2-4 hitters in the White Sox lineup and put them down 1-2-3.

THE BAD: After a stretch in which he went 1-38 over 14 games, Nick Franklin appeared to have straightened things out, going 5-13 over the next 4 games. But then Sunday happened, going 0-3 with 3 strikeouts…Nathan Karns. OK, Karns was actually very good. But what was he thinking with that slider? Or was it a cutter? With a runner on first base with 1 out and the Rays down 1-0, Karns decided that was a good time to unleash his second slider of the year and OH BOY was it horrible. The pitch actually hit the turf before it ever reached the dirt. The runner moved up and Rene Rivera looked completely dumbfounded.

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THE TELLING: Matt Moore is scheduled to make his 3rd rehab start today…With the the tough lefty on the mound, Kevin Kiermaier was not in the starting lineup. He did come in late in the game as a defensive replacement…This was just the Rays’ second sweep of the season. The Rays also swept the Blue Jays in late April…This was the Rays’ 8th win of the season having scored 2 runs or fewer, most in MLB this season….The Red Sox have been swept at home 10 times since the start of the 2014 season. Ouch…The Rays are still tied with the Yankees for first place in the East at 35-29 (NY is 34-28). The Red Sox were swept at home by the Blue Jays and are now 8 games behind the Yankees.

THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA

  • An update on Jake Odorizzi. [TampaBay.com]
  • Former Twins first baseman Chris Parmelee is in triple-A with the Orioles and appears to have a June 15 opt-out clause in his contract. Rays consigliere Ken Rosenthal speculates that the Rays “could jump” at signing Parmelee. [Ken Rosenthal]
  • Jim Callis says the Rays had one of the 5 best drafts this year. [MLB.com]
  • Editorial says the city of St. Pete is losing $500 million by not letting the Rays look for a new stadium site. [TampaBay.com]
  • DOWN ON THE FARM [boxscores] Scott Diamond gave up 2 runs in 5.1 innings during Durham’s 3-2 win. Richie Shaffer was 1-4 with an RBI and JP Arencibia had 2 hits but is still hitting just .229…Jaime Shultz struck out 7 but last just 5 innings, giving up 2 runs on 4 hits and 4 walks in Montgomery’s 5-2 win. Johnny Field hit his 9th and 10th home runs of the season. Justin O’Conner added his 5th going 2-4. He also had a double…Charlotte beat Jupiter 9-2 with Taylor Guerrieri allowing just 1 run in 4 innings. He struck out only 1…Hunter Lockwood was 2-3 with his 3rd home run in Bowling Green’s 10-6 win.
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  1. Woodrow744 says:

    That was one of those 'pickpocket' wins that don't come around very often. Sale looked fantastic, but the closeups of him after giving up the homer were amazing. Yikes, he had that "look."

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  2. Chris Wise says:

    Speaking of opt-outs, Ronald Belisaro's,(the best closer in the International League this year) come due today.

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  3. Gus says:

    Red Sox are 8 games behind THE RAYS. Not just Yankees.

    Amazing team.

    Seeing Souza have a high contact at bat Saturday night (10 pitches) may be the best sign of his development. Staying alive in a situation to tie a game. That is outstanding.

    In the "Something that maybe only I notice" Dept.:

    Charlie Montoya is my kind of 3rd base coach, and a vast improvement over "Hold Em Up Foley" who used to drive me nuts over there. He was 3/4 of the way down the line with both Dejesus and Souza on Saturday. Outstanding to see for a guy who paid his dues.

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