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: James Shields. James the Greater was just 1-7 in his last 8 starts and allowed at least 4 runs in 4 of those starts. And while he gave up 4 runs yesterday, 3 of those came in the 7th inning. In the first 6 innings, Shields was strong giving up just 1 run on 5 hits and no walks. And more importantly, he avoided the longball…Evan Longoria. His RBI-triple in the first got the scoring started. And his 2-run single in the 5-run 7th, put the game out of reach…Randy Choate. As Jim noted yesterday, the biggest outs of the game may have came in the 8th when the Twins were trying to get back in the game. Choate got Justin Morneau and Joe Mauer to hit weak groundballs during Choate’s perfect 8th inning…Matt Joyce. A day late, but we have to tip our cap to Joyce’s big grand slam to give the Rays the lead in Saturday’s game.

THE BAD: Star and Stripes Caps. We shouldn’t come down too hard on the white caps with blue brims and the “TB” in red, white and blue stars and stripes. After all, they are patriotic and supposed “raise awareness for the Welcome Back Veterans Fund.” But unless somebody can show me where MLB says they are giving ALL the money made off of these caps to the Veteran’s Fund (we can’t find where it says any money goes to the fund), then the caps are just a money grab by MLB. And an ugly one at that.

THE TELLING: Delmon Young is one of 5 players in the running for the final roster spot on the AL All-Star team. Also, Carl Crawford will be joined in the starting lineup by his former minor league teammate Josh Hamilton…As of Friday, Carl Crawford leads the majors with 7 4-hit games. Nobody else has more than 3 (via Ryan Torello). Crawford is also just the 3rd player to have 7 4-hit games prior to the All-Star break…Carlos Pena continues to bat 7th with Willy Aybar hitting cleanup. With Aybar-Matt JoyceKelly Shoppach batting 4-5-6, nobody is going to mistake the Rays for the ’27 Yankees…BJ Upton returned to the starting lineup on Saturday against the lefty and was in the lineup again yesterday versus the righty…Joe Maddon has used 63 different batting orders this season in just 81 games. That seams like a lot, but the Rays are on pace to barely surpass last year’s total of 123 and the 115 used in 2008.

WHERE THEY STAND: The Rays are 48-33, 2 games behind the Yankees and a half-game behind the Red Sox. After 81 games in 2008, the Rays were 49-32.


  • Shortly after announcing the all-star starters, somebody at had a little trouble remembering who Evan Longoria plays for (thanks David). [Image]
  • Evan Longoria will not participate in the Home Run derby if asked. [St. Pete Times]
  • Joe Maddon on whether Wade Davis might be sent to Durham to work on his issues: “That’s a fair question. But we have not had that conversation. We want to get it done here.” [St. Pete Times]
  • There may not be any money in Tampa, but there might be some tax money available in Pinellas for a new Rays stadium. [St. Pete Times]
  • Bill Varian takes a closer look at Ryan Neubauer, the face of those trying to to get the Rays in Tampa. [St. Pete Times]
  • Prior to this weekend, the Rays had struggled mightily, but Lee Jenkins writes that the Rays are right where they expected to be before the season. []
  • MVP might be a stretch, but Ben Zobrist is certainly valuable. []
  • Evan Longoria talks about being voted to start the All-Star game (video). [The Heater]
  • David Price talks about being chosen as a member of the AL All-Star team (video). [The Heater]


  • Check out Rays Prospects for boxscores and more detailed recaps. [Rays Prospects]
  • DURHAM: Virgil Vasquez appears to be recovering nicely from the two broken wrists. Yesterday he allowed just 1 run in 6 innings, striking out 10 and walking none…Winston Abreu struck out 4 of the 5 batters he faced for his 9th save…Desmond Jennings was 2-5 with his 20th steal…Dioner Navarro went 0-2 with a pair of walks.
  • MONTGOMERY: Jeremy Hall was roughed up for 7 runs (5 earned) in 4.1 innings. He struck out 2 and walked 1…Henry Wrigley hit his 1st home run since being promoted and Nevin Ashley added his 3rd.
  • CHARLOTTE: Joe Cruz pitched 7 shutout innings with 3 Ks and 1 walk…Tim Beckham was 1-4 and stole his 12th base.
  • BOWLING GREEN: Kirby Yates gave up 2 runs in 5 innings on 3 hits and 4 walks…Brett Nommensen hit his 7th home run, a 3-run shot. He finished 2-6 with 4 RBI.
  • HUDSON VALLEY: Nate Garcia made his 1st start after 4 relief appearances and threw 4 shutout innings with 5 strikeouts, no walks and just 2 hits…Derek Dietrich was 0-4 and is now hitting .200.
  • PRINCETON: Braulio Lara made his 3rd start and gave up 3 runs in 3.2 innings, bringing his ERA up to 4.50…The Rays managed just 3 hits, all singles.




  1. sternfan1 says:

    Draysbay for life yo!!!



    • J-money says:

      well, this pretty much sums up the type of commenters that you will find over at DRB and the elitist, immature culture that the writers have fostered.

    • Chris Mooney says:

      yeah, this doesnt surprise me.

      • Cork Gaines says:

        This comment is in response to a situation last week in which one writer at DRB invited me to comment. I went to one of several threads in which a bunch of kids were trashing me and this site. I left a silly comment making fun of myself and basically agreeing with them. Then another writer banned me from commenting. Can't make it up.

        Afterwards, somebody apparently sent out a memo to the commenters saying something. Well of course, that just riled them up even more.

        Oh well. All I can do is just shake
        my head and laugh.

  2. Don says:

    One social comment then back to baseball...
    What type of mentallity has to use street language and outrageous slang to try to say something...easy..."street bums"

  3. Steve says:

    I am a pretty hardcore baseball fan, which leaves me wondering how those caps are supposed to "raise awareness for the Welcome Back Veterans Fund," when this is the first time I have even heard this. Not that I didn't trust Prof, but i had to look it up myself. And if I had not heard this before, then it is definitely just another means for the owners to grease their own pockets.

    Want to honor the veterans? wear a flag patch and donate a percentage of ticket sales to a charity.

  4. Tone says:

    All you have to do is sneeze and you get banned at DRB. I stopped going there. Great series, both teams played well and the outcome was almost perfect. They need to sweep the weakend Sox. Baseball feels fun again!!!

  5. Don says:

    Would you imagine the Rays beating Minn 3/4 and losing the game Price pitches...scoring 1 big run...oh well...I'll take it!

  6. Joe says:

    I find the red white and blue patriotic caps insulting...And I am someone who is a six year veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom myself. I think there should be some leeway on the caps, i.e. one the price is way overpriced and the way it is marketed and done. It is not neat.

    And as far as DRB is concerned, they are too sabermetricized for my liking. They think the answer is all in the numbers. And now the site has been infiltrated with a lack of maturity over there, which is ridiculous. Very unfortunate.

  7. John S says:

    No cares.. I have never heard of their site.. soo I am not too worried you shouldn't be either..

    I still can't believe the All-Star snubs..

    I mean they are getting worse every year

  8. Alex says:

    Why does Joyce continue to freakin bat fifth. He sucks Maddon. Yes he hit a grand slam, and I thank him but he still sucks. Hes awful. How many more ways does he need to show it. He pops up 50% of his balls and the other 50% are ground balls to the second basemen.

  9. Jim says:

    Thanks for reading my comment, Professor. As always, I appreciate the time you put in here and the quality writing.


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