Phillies Rays BaseballTime to bring back the GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe.

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Apparently the Rays decided to take a second day off. Maybe they will show up tonight.

SUNBURST PLAYER OF THE GAME: Winston Abreu and Lance Cormier or else it would have been much worse.


  • Andrew Friedman confirmed that Scott Kazmir could return this week, but said he will wait on a final decision after watching Kazmir in his bullpen session later today…that sounds suspiciously like “we haven’t told the odd-man out yet that he is the odd-man out.” [Rays Report]
  • With Scott Kazmir set to return later this week, there has been some idle chatter both in the press and among fans that David Price could be the odd-man out of the rotation. While it is certainly possible, it doesn’t seem likely. Joe Maddon has repeatedly said that the team is willing to go through the growing pains with Price which seems to indicate that they have no desire to bounce him up and down between the Rays and the minors.
  • Marc Lancaster discusses the Rays options in the rotation. [Tampa Tribune]
  • Jason Isringhausen underwent Tommy John surgery yesterday. [Miami Herald]
  • Her Rays sums last night’s game up with a simple but effective title. [Her Rays]
  • FS Florida has video footage from the Rays fashion show. [FS Florida/Sun Sports] [via Rays Revolutionary]
  • Derek Jeter took the lead from Evan Longoria in the all-star voting. [Rays Report]
  • Martin Fennelly writes about Pat Burrell’s struggles at the plate. [Tampa Tribune]




  1. I know what you're saying about Maddon's Price comments. However, after the game, he was really talking up how bad the slider was (thanks Captain Obvious). I think they may use that as an excuse. The Rays are now in a real tough position. I'm really interested in seeing what they come up with concerning the rotation.

    Oh yeah, notice how quickly some fans are turning on David Price. The send Price to AAA seems to be the same crowd that was begging to bring him up earlier in the season.

    • Jim says:

      It's frustrating how most fans are so fickle. On this site the Professor has talked many times about how the Rays management has always placed the good of the prospect over the good of the current team. I think sending Price down now could send the wrong message and could hurt him long term.

      I think Sonny should be moved to the bullpen and act as a long reliever, for either Kaz or Price, similar to Hammel last year.

      • Chris says:

        I love the idea of keeping Sonny around as much as the next guy, but as I was just discussing with a coworker this morning, Sonny is reliable.

        As in, he will reliably give up 3-4 runs early and you get to battle back.

        At least you know what you're going to get out of him. Sadly, giving up 3-4 runs the first inning you face the opposing team isn't what one would like to see in a reliever, eh?

  2. Pudieron says:

    I love Sonny, but his pitching's been terrible as of late. He's giving up home runs left and right and not going deep into games at all. Sucks since he's such a cool guy personally, and he seems to have a good clubhouse presence. Whenever they show him on the bench, he's almost always hanging out with Niemann and Price and just seems good-natured in general, until he steps on the mound and shows his lack of control this season.

  3. leningan says:

    I voted for Sonny to be the odd man out, but I am wondering about the need for two long relievers. Perhaps this gives Cormier's arm a rest? I know that hickey and maddon love how quickly Sonny gets warm, but if he's coming on in the 4th or 5th and pitches like he has been, they will begin to hate how quickly the game gets away from us.


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