01. Players

  • [DOWN ON THE FARM] There Will Soon Be A Juan Salas Sighting In Durham

    [DOWN ON THE FARM] There Will Soon Be A Juan Salas Sighting In Durham

    May 9, 2008 at 7:09 am 5 comments

    Pawtucket 3, Durham 2. After scoring 2 in the 6th, the Bulls’ last 10 batters went down in order…Mike Prochaska started and gave up 3 runs in 4.1 innings…Reid Brignac was 1-3…The Bulls only managed 5 hits total…Fernando Perez was 0-3 with a walk. Birmingham @ Montgomery, ppd. rain. The […]

     
  • [THE HANGOVER] The Baseball Gods Had Already Spoken…And They Said ‘Lose’

    [THE HANGOVER] The Baseball Gods Had Already Spoken…And They Said ‘Lose’

    May 8, 2008 at 9:23 am 1 comment

    THE GOOD: The Red Sox lost…The Yankees lost…The Orioles lost…So the only team that the Rays lost ground to last yesterday was the Jays. Oh and the O’s are now in their rightful place, last place… THE BAD: Shaun Marcum faced the minimum through the first 6.2 innings. The only […]

     
  • [DOWN ON THE FARM] David Price Starts First Extended Spring Training Contest

    [DOWN ON THE FARM] David Price Starts First Extended Spring Training Contest

    May 8, 2008 at 7:22 am 0 comments

    Pawtucket 12, Durham 7. Kevin Lynn got the start in place of JK Ryu who went on the DL. Lynn gave up 5 runs in 5 innings…Reid Brignac was 2-4 with his 8th double. He also committed his 4th error…Fernando Perez was 0-4 with 3 strike outs, and Justin Ruggiano […]

     
  • [PAPA JOE MADDON] Joe Maddon No Longer Thinks The Titanic Put Up A Good Fight

    [PAPA JOE MADDON] Joe Maddon No Longer Thinks The Titanic Put Up A Good Fight

    May 7, 2008 at 11:45 am 2 comments

    In an ESPN.com story about the Tampa Bay Rays’ bullpen, there was a telling quote from Joe Maddon about his own managerial style. “My role has shifted,” Maddon said, “from being the eternal optimist to being the more pragmatic one. And I recognized both goals in advance. When I first […]

     
  • [THE HANGOVER] We Are Confused By All This Winning

    [THE HANGOVER] We Are Confused By All This Winning

    May 7, 2008 at 10:00 am 14 comments

    THE GOOD: Good game for Akinori Iwamura offensively. In the 3rd, Aki had an RBI single, but more impotantly, with 2 outs, he advanced to second base on Carl Crawford’s sac fly. That allowed Aki to score on BJ Upton’s single…Jason Bartlett made two amazing plays in the field. The […]

     
  • [DOWN ON THE FARM] Niemann And Townsend Back To Rotations

    [DOWN ON THE FARM] Niemann And Townsend Back To Rotations

    May 7, 2008 at 7:15 am 0 comments

    Durham 3, Pawtucket 0. Ben Hendrickson started but was pulled after the 1st inning with shoulder tightness. Nick DeBarr relieved and pitched 4 perfect innings with 5 strikeouts. Bulls pitchers did not allow a base runner until the 7th inning…Grant Balfour picked up his 4th save with 2 strikeouts in […]

     
  • [ANDY SONNANSTINE]Sonnanstine No Longer Changing Arm Angles; No Longer Tipping Pitches?

    [ANDY SONNANSTINE]Sonnanstine No Longer Changing Arm Angles; No Longer Tipping Pitches?

    May 6, 2008 at 12:39 pm 7 comments

    Ever since Andy Sonnanstine was in the minor leagues posting astronomical strikeout-to-walk ratios, there were always certain tenets that we have held to be true about the right hander that could dominate without a dominating fastball. He throws about 46 different pitches He has impeccable control He can keep batters […]

     
  • [NEW UNIFORMS] Jonny Gomes: DH/Outfielder For The…RAAYS?

    [NEW UNIFORMS] Jonny Gomes: DH/Outfielder For The…RAAYS?

    May 6, 2008 at 11:45 am 2 comments

    The image below is of Jonny Gomes sporting one of the Tampa Bay Rays new jerseys. Please note that Gomes’ jersey appears to have two ‘A’s. We can’t explain why, but this absolutely drives us nuts. It appears as though the ‘A’ on the left (Gomes’ right) is a complete […]

     
  • [THE HANGOVER] Headline Writers At Times And Tribune Up To Their Old Tricks

    [THE HANGOVER] Headline Writers At Times And Tribune Up To Their Old Tricks

    May 6, 2008 at 8:50 am 4 comments

    THE GOOD: Getting a last place team after having been swept by the Sox. THE BAD: Getting the last place Toronto Blue Jays who are clearly better than their record and have actually won 5 in a row. THE TELLING: Three games with the Jays, none of which will be […]

     
  • [THE HANGOVER] Rays Swept In Kazmir’s Return

    [THE HANGOVER] Rays Swept In Kazmir’s Return

    May 5, 2008 at 9:28 am 14 comments

    THE GOOD: Carlos Pena hitting his first home run in almost a month (Apr 12). THE BAD: With 2 on in the first, Evan Longoria hit a ball in left-center that would have been a sure double, IF Manny Being Manny was in left field. Instead he was DHing with […]