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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THE GOOD: Andy Sonnanstine. The Duke has tossed 8 scoreless innings in his last 3 appearances and has retired 14 in a row helping to save the bullpen from some poor outings by the starting pitchers and rescuing the Rays from a near-disaster on Saturday. Does this mean the Rays have finally found a role where Sonny can thrive, or has he rediscovered his mechanics? If the later, one has to wonder if The Duke is an option to give Wade Davis a breather in the rotation…Dan Wheeler. Two perfect innings kept the Rays in the game late.

THE BAD: Wade Davis. There is plenty to not like about last night’s start. But it starts with a 30-pitch 1st inning and a 42-pitch 3rd inning, which led to being pulled with 1 out in the 5th inning having already thrown 103 pitches. With Davis struggling and the Rays reeling, we can now start to wonder when Jeremy Hellickson gets the call. Hellboy could be the shot in the arm this team needs right now. Of course, if James Shields goes out tonight and tosses a 2-hit shutout, that might work also…Sean Rodriguez. It is hard to be included in “The Bad” when you don’t swing a bat or put on a glove. But Carlos Pena walked to leadoff the 9th, Rodriguez came in as a pinch-runner. He then proceeded to get thrown out trying to steal second. It was the second out and killed the rally and effectively ended the game…BJ Upton. 0-4 with 3 strikeouts. In June, he is .243-0-6 with a .343 SLG.

THE TELLING: Last night was Dewayne Staats’ 5,000th game as an announcer…James Shields will make his regularly scheduled start tonight despite pitching out of the ‘pen on Saturday night…Attendance for last night’s game was 14,650.

WHERE THEY STAND: The Rays are 42-28, 1.5 games behind the Yankees and tied (1 game up in the loss column) with the Red Sox in the Wild Card. After 70 games in 2008, the Rays were 41-29.


  • In case you missed it, the Cork-Board has been updated with Hudson Valley and Princeton rosters. [Cork-Board]
  • Might Evan Longoria get on stage and play drums with Tantric? If the band has their way, he will…For those of you that will be at the game, we expect photos and/or video submissions. Don’t let us down. [Tampa Tribune]
  • Want a chance to beg Carl Crawford to stay? Now you’ve got it. CC is now officially on Twitter. [Twitter]
  • Gabe Kapler is feeling better but has no timetable for his return. [St. Pete Times]
  • Jake McGee on his return from Tommy John surgery: “I feel my stuff is almost better than it was two years ago.” [Montgomery Advertiser]
  • This one is for the ladies…Matt Garza and his son went to Adventure Island on Father’s Day. The Orlando Sentinel provides the gratuitous topless shot of Matt and his goatee. [Orlando Sentinel]
  • Jeremy Hellickson and Desmond Jennings have been selected to participate in the Future’s Game during the All-Star break.
  • Justin George compares the Rays fight for a new stadium to the Lightning’s move to Tampa. [St. Pete Times]
  • A local couple got to go on a shopping spree with Kelly Shoppach. Luckily for the couple, it was Shoppach in charge of catching the items with the cart, and not John Jaso…what? Too soon? [MLB]
  • Pat Andriola looks at David Price’s increased reliance on the curveball. [Fangraphs]


  • Check out Rays Prospects for boxscores and more detailed recaps. [Rays Prospects]
  • DURHAM: Heath Phillips gave up 8 runs on 10 hits, including 4 home runs in 5.1 innings…Desmond Jennings was back in the leadoff spot and went 2-5 with a triple…Matt Joyce was 1-4 with a walk.
  • MONTGOMERY: Alex Torres walked 6 in 5 innings, allowing 2 runs. He struck out 3…Emeel Salem and Leslie Anderson homered for the Biscuits.
  • CHARLOTTE: Nick Barnese pitched a 7-inning complete game in the opener, holding Jupiter to 1 run on 3 hits and no walks. He struck out 2…Chris Andujar started the nightcap and gave up just 1 run on 2 hits and a walk in 5 innings…Tim Beckham went 0-6 in the double-header…
  • BOWLING GREEN: (no game scheduled)
  • HUDSON VALLEY:  (suspended in the second inning)
  • PRINCETON: Nolan Diaz allowed 3 runs (2 earned) in 5 innings. He struck out 4…Kyle Hoppy went 2-5 with a double and an RBI.




  1. Don says:

    As long as .200 hitters (esp. Upton & Pena) continue to take up spots in the lineup the Rays are going to be hurt for runs...the biggest shame is that we have better options....not playing!
    Did I hear (surely didn't see) Maddon got testy? He certainly looks lost and his job should be on the line... if he doesn't make the playoffs with the players he has!
    Just a question Joe....Does a rookie have a green light to steal anytime he wants matter the game circumstances.... or... are YOU involved in any of these decisions???

  2. Amanda says:

    *sigh* Reading the comments in the Times story compairing the Lightning and the Rays stadium pursuits tells you all you need to know. It's just a pee-pee sizing contest, isn't it? I lived in Tampa for 10 years, moving there to go to college, and staying because I loved the area so much. I will *NEVER* understand the vitriol between the two communities. It clouds everyone's judgement about what's best for the Rays and the fans, plus potential fans.

    When I came down two years ago to attend the playoff-clinching Minnesota series, we stayed in Clearwater. The Friday and Sunday games weren't bad (we had arrived at 3 p.m. on Friday). But the Saturday game ... it was horrible. On a Saturday night in a packed stadium, it took us ONE HOUR just to get out of the main parking lot!!! TO LEAVE THE DAMN PARKING LOT!!! We were supposed to have dinner at my best friend's house in Land O'Lakes, and we didn't get there until almost 11 p.m.!!!

    I will say it until I am blue in the face, and I will keep repeating it. It's the difference of 28,000 people (on a full capacity day) trying to fight rush-hour traffic to get ONTO a tiny peninsula with a stadium in St. Pete, and 7,000 getting off a peninsula to the mainland if a stadium was in Hillsborough County. And that's using the statistics of the percentage of the fan base that lives within 30 minutes.

    But no ... some people just want the Rays in St. Pete to say it's theirs. They don't care if it's completely inconvenint for most of the population, or it forces the ownership to move elsewhere or sell. This is just crazy ... it's the opposite of a NIMBY. They want it so bad, that they'll cut MLB out of the Bay area to spite Tampa/Hillsborough, and even the rest of Pinellas.

  3. Joe D. says:

    I'm starting to think the Desmond Jennings getting bounced around in the line-up is to prep him for the big leagues, 1st, 2nd, 7th... Because Charlie Montoyo knows that's how Joe Maddon will use him mixing and matching him in the line up at various spots in the line up.

  4. This team has no heart right now. I don't know where Maddon's going to find it, but he needs to find it quick. These guys seem resigned to their fate instead of making their own.

    Latos is good. But, he's not Cy f****n Young. I don't want to hear how they were beat by a quality pitcher. Good teams overcome good starts against the other team's ace.

    There's only 5 more games before a trip to Boston. Does anyone here think they have a chance in hell unless something turns quickly?

    • Don says:

      A manager's best response for non-hitting is "well their pitcher was really good...ect."... but this team (Rays) has been shut down by rookies, guys with .500 records..lots of different pitchers...
      They have to have HITTERS...not .200 ba/strike out artists..
      Heart comes from leaders/coaches with heart...not nice guys!

  5. Tone says:

    Hitting is the main problem, the games that they explode are almost always ONE big inning and 7 or 8 terrible ones. Even with Hellboy you can't win games that you score only one run. The overall approach and methodology of the team in the hitting department needs to change and change fast. They suck at hitting, simple as that. BJ is crap, does he get picked off more than anyone in the bigs or what? I have completely given up on him. The most inconsistent player on this team hands down. I am almost ready to except trading players away right now. They look like total shit at the plate. PATHETIC. The pitchers they face are not all that good either, another team would have had plenty of opportunities last night to score some runs. SHITTY SHITTY TEAM right now.

  6. Joe D. says:

    So, the one guy the Rays have in their system that's a good k/bb guy is Dan Johnson, his # are similar to Jaso but with about twice as much power, problem is he's not very good defensively, and we already have 2 lefties that don't play much defense in Jaso, and Blalock...

  7. Alex says:

    Navarro was awesome behind the plate last night. 1-3 throwing runners out.....


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