Steven Souza

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

RAYS 8, Yankees 1 (boxscore)

THE GOOD: After losing 7 straight, the Rays’ longest losing streak in over a year, the Rays finally got a win, and the easy one they needed. For the 7th straight start Erasmo Ramirez worked at least 5 innings and allowed 2 runs or fewer. In that stretch, the Rays are 6-1 and he has a 1.18 ERA 32 strikeouts and 9 walks in 38.0 innings…James Loney has been solid in his return from the DL, getting 4 hits over the weekend including a 2-run single in the first on Sunday to give the Rays an early lead…Evan Longoria was his typically productive self at Yankee Stadium with 5 hits and a walk in the series including a pair of doubles.

THE BAD: Steven Souza was hit on the hand with a pitch. He was in considerable pain, but initially things seemed positive as he stayed in the game. It turns out there is a cut that “runs the length of the pinky,” that is so deep you can see the tendon when it is opened up, according to Marc Topkin. Souza says he doesn’t have much feeling in the finger and will see a specialist…There is a lack of support and there is what Nathan Karns is going through. In his last 23 innings pitch, the Rays’ offense has 0 runs, 8 hits, and 1 walk…The Rays are still 2-9 in their last 11 and 5 of the losses came in the 9th inning or later. Of course, a large part of that falls on the bullpen which has been dependable until the last week. Prior to yesterday, Rays relievers had given up 22 runs in their last 22.1 innings…The 4th of July uniforms were a trainwreck.

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THE TELLING: This was the first of 3 straight series against the three division leaders in the American League…John Jaso DH’d for Durham on Sunday and is expected back this week, possibly in the next 3-4 days…Jake Odorizzi will make his second and (probably) last rehab start today…Mark Krauss was designated for assignment and placed on waivers. Everett Teaford was called up to take his place. The Rays have made 16 roster moves in the last 12 days…No Rays position players were voted to the All-Star team. There is still a chance Chris Archer could be named the starting pitcher…The Rays are 43-41, 2 games behind the Yankees, 1-game behind the Orioles, and tied with the Jays.

THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA

  • The Rays next opponent, the Royals have 4 All-Star starters. After that, the Rays face the Astros. They have one starter. [MLB.com]
  • Chris Archer says being named to the All-Star team “would be a dream come true.” [TBO.com]
  • The Rays can thank a lot of their success this season to the outfield defense. Wil who? [BeyondTheBoxscore]
  • The Braves new stadium is more than just a stadium, it is retail, residential, and entertainment complex which is becoming the norm in sports and is the model the Rays could follow if they ever move ahead with a new stadium. [TBO.com]
  • DOWN ON THE FARM [boxscoresDylan Floro gave up 6 runs in 7 innings in Durham’s 8-5 loss to Norfolk. John Jaso went 1-5 in what was his first rehab game with Durham and one of his last rehab games before being activated. Tim Beckham was 1-5 at 2B and Richie Shaffer was 0-3 with an RBI…Montgomery gave up 2 runs in the 8th and 1 in the 9th to lose 10-9 to Biloxi. Dayron Varona was 3-5 with 3 doubles. SS Leonardo Reginatto was 3-5 with a double and 3 RBI…Justin Williams went 3-5 in Bowling Green’s 10-5 win.

Terry Francona had some fun with Kevin Cash’s car.

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  1. edward williams says:

    at least cash didn't have to worry about the uniform since he doesn't wear what the players wear. I do feel he is doing a good job though managing the team, he does have a lot of help though. So far i there are things i can complain about, but why , it has been an interesting year so far. GO RAYS

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  2. Gus says:

    Cash report card midseason:

    1. Double steals -- fantastic
    2. New 3b coach -- already stolen us 8-10 runs this year; awesome
    3. Not messing with Hickey and the starters.
    4. General optimism without animals and gimmicks in the clubhouse -- fantastic.

    That said, his bullpen management since the return of McGee has puzzled me. McGee has to be the closer/high-leverage guy. He is the best relief pitcher they have. Boxberger is generally your 8th inning guy. And you have to build and manage around that. The McGee workload on Thursday (7 pitches) and Friday (1 batter) in games that were going to break a nasty streak (with plenty of rest for Jake) were flat-out ridiculous. Sometimes you have to win a game. Let your best pitchers do that.

    I assume Colome goes to the pen and gives him another tool out there?

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  3. Political_Man says:

    I'm surprised nothing has been said about the "clear and convincing" evidence which called Longoria out at second base for shifting his foot. We've been jobbed before in New York specifically but this one takes the cake. There is zero way you can say it was "clear and convincing" evidence that Longoria's spikes were not touching the bag. Worse than awful.

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    • Rob says:

      If I am being completely objective about that call, I felt like I saw daylight between the foot and the bag.

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      • monte says:

        I think I could definitely see daylight, but I also could not see the spikes clearly, so they could have been touching.

        Further, there is the question of the tag pushing him off the bag, which I do not know if that matters.

        We lost two games in NY because of the bullpen. Perhaps some of these guys are tired. They've been used heavily.

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    • Ken says:

      I believe that I heard BA say during the broadcast that the Yanks lead the majors in successful challenges while the Rays are dead last. Somehow I wasn't surprised.

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      • Richard W. from TX says:

        The voiceover I heard on that play summed it up perfectly: something to the effect of "Somehow I don't think replay was instituted with calls like that in mind."

        The fabric for the lettering/numbering on all the unis Saturday looked liked it came from discounted lots of Chinese-made PJs for eight-year-olds. (Then again, I wear trifocals and my TV is 19 years old.)

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