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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.

Rangers 5, RAYS 3 (boxscore)

THE GOOD: I loved this catch by Kevin Kiermaier. Not only was it a great catch, but I love that Prince Fielder thought he had hit a home run and just watched the ball.

THE BAD: All season long we heard, “wow, just imagine how good the Rays will be when they get all their starting pitchers back” and yet it seemed like everybody missed the one big issue, rust. There was never any guarantee these guys would come off the DL and immediately return to their All-Star levels. Obviously Matt Moore is the extreme example. But Drew Smyly was very shaky in his first start since May 5, giving up 5 runs in 4 innings including 2 home runs. Granted, this was just start No. 1 and the Rangers are a good hitting team. But the Rays are at a point in the season where every loss really hurts and they are giving away games as starting pitchers get their feet wet again…After being swept by the Rangers things only get tougher. The Rays now have their next 7 on the road and 16 of next 19 are against playoff contenders with 13 of those games on the road.

THE TELLING: As expected, Desmond Jennings was activated from the DL on Friday with Joey Butler being sent to triple-A. On Sunday, Drew Smyly was activated and Kirby Yates was sent to Durham. Since Smyly was on the 60-day DL the Rays had to put minor league pitcher Jose Dominguez on waivers to make room on the 40-man roster…The Rays have dropped to 58-59, 6,5 back in the AL East and 2.5 behind the Orioles in the Wild Card (3 in the loss column) with 3 teams between the Rays and O’s.

THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA

  • Kevin Cash discusses Desmond Jennings’ playing time. [TampaBay.com]
  • Marc Topkin takes a look at what makes Kevin Kiermaier so good. [TampaBay.com]
  • 2 Rays make the list of 25 players who are the most valuable to the team based on performance and how much they make. [BI Sports]
  • Here is an all-access look at Joe Maddon. On a side-note, Maddon is the toast of Chicago now, but I always wonder how that city will react when things go sour. Maddon is great, but his act can rub some the wrong way, especially when the team isn’t playing well and he starts to talk down to the critics. That was fine in Tampa-St. Pete but how is that going to go over in Chi-town? [ESPN]
  • DOWN ON THE FARM [boxscores] Durham fell to indianpolis 4-1 despite Scott Diamond giving up just 1 unearned run in 5 innings with 3 Ks and a walk. JP Arencibia was 2-4 with a pair of doubles. Hak-Ju Lee was 0-2 but walked twice and stole his 19th base…Montgomery beat Birmingham 10-6 with a lot of help. The Biscuits scored 10 runs and had just 9 hits and 5 RBI…Charlotte went down 5-1 to Fort Myers. Catch Mike Marjama drove in the only run with his 8th home run…Bowling Green beat Peoria 7-3.

On Friday night, apparently Steve Geltz should have thrown Delino DeShields a slider (NSFW language).

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  1. Rob says:

    Hard to believe they are still only 2.5 back after that debacle of a weekend. I know they have to leap a bunch of teams, but I look at 3 games as a magic number because it means they could still be in it during the last series of the year if they are 3 back at that point. By the way, if the playoffs started today, the "weak" AL East would be sending three teams.

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  2. Starmand says:

    The way I see it now, this might be the Rays most successful unsuccessful season.

    One heck of a roller coaster ride. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UVdQ6A0IkDw

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