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

A’s 8, RAYS 2 (boxscore)

THE GOOD: Asdrubal Cabrera continues his hot streak since take his 2-week vacation on the DL. He had 4 more hits this weekend including a double and a home run. In his last 23 games, he has 36 hits (.404) with 6 walks and 13 extra-base hits (4 home runs)…Matt Moore is trending in the right direction. It is triple-A, but on Saturday he faced 22 batters and struck out 16, setting the Durham Bulls franchise record as a triple-A team (the Bulls used to be a Braves single-A club). He did give up a 2-run home run, but got through 6 innings on just 100 pitches.

THE BAD: Evan Longoria went 0-12 in the series with 5 Ks…It started out as a good weekend for the bullpen but ended up as a not a good weekend. In 7.1 innings, the ‘pen gave up 7 runs, 6 on Sunday…James Loney got ejected on Sunday. After a borderline called third strike, he flipped his bat (not far, just right in front of him) and then semi-slammed his helmet down. I have seen batters get away with worse. I have seen batters ejected for less. You would like to see the ump give a warning in that case, but it didn’t happen. What Loney can’t do is bum-rush the ump and bump chests with him. It wasn’t a Pete Rose 2-handed special, but Loney is probably going to get suspended. Should he be? Probably not. But Loney gave the league a reason to suspend him. My guess is it will be a light suspension (2-3 games) but I’d be surprised if he is not suspended.

THE TELLING:  The Rays are now 62-62, 7 games back in the East and 2.5 games (3 in the loss column) behind the Rangers in the Wild Card. The Rays now have a 20.6% chance to make the playoffs.


  • Fernando Rodney has been put on waivers by the Mariners. The Rays just happen to have lost Jake McGee for most if not all the rest of the season. Look for the Rays to at least kick the tires on a reunion. [Yahoo!]
  • Roger Mooney writes about Matt Moore’s chances of being back with the Rays on Sept. 1. []
  • Marc Topkin writes about Drew Smyly’s promising start on Friday night. []
  • Marc Topkin also writes about the recent struggles of Brad Boxberger. []
  • “The Curious Case of Tim Beckham” [International Sports Hub]
  • DOWN ON THE FARM [boxscores]  The Durham Bulls beat Columbus 7-1 with Everett Teaford tossing 5.1 innings and giving up just 1 run (a solo home run). He struck out 5 to lower his ERA to 5.34. JP Arencibia hit his 22nd home run. He is 11-34 with 2 home runs in his last 8 games as we approach the September roster expansion. Hak-Ju Lee added his 3rd…Jacob Faria tossed 7 shutout innings with 11 strikeouts in Montgomery’s 1-0 win over Jackson…Charlotte fell 1-0 to St. Lucie with Greg Harris giving up just 1 run in 7 innings…Bowling Green was rained out.

Great play by the A’s ball boy. Great reaction by Evan Longoria.





  1. Rob says:

    Loney overreacted. Bullpen again underperformed.

  2. Sideline Redwine says:

    Loney barely reacted--until the ump overreacted. Come on, that was a ridiculous kneejerk. Loney is as calm as anyone, what does that say? And the bullpen is exhausted. Captain Hook has no one but himself to blamd.

  3. Geoff Peterson says:

    Loney will get 2 games and they'll drop it to one if he appeals. Ump should also get fined for overreacting. Loney said nothing at all to the ump prior to the ejection so for all the ump knows he was just frustrated because he struck out. It was on the ump if he read more than that into it meaning he probably knows it was a bad call.


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