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: BJ Upton. Bossman had his speed on display yesterday, stretching a single into a double and scoring from third on a pickoff throw to first (from the catcher)…Dirk Hayhurst. He allowed to hits, but pitched another scoreless inning.

THE BAD: Chris Bootcheck. The late spring signee, who played in Japan last year, started the game but struggled with his control. He eventually gave up 4 runs on 5 hits in 2 innings…Mike Ekstrom. Ek continues to struggle, this time giving up 2 runs (1 earned) in 1 inning on 3 hits and a walk…Just A Little Patience. Rays batters struck out 9 times with no walks.

THE TELLING: Robinson Chirinos has also been working out at 3B…Evan Longoria was dehydrated and out of the lineup…James Shields allowed just an unearned run on 3 hits in 5 innings of a minor league intrasquad game…Jeff Niemann will throw in a minor league intrasquad game today…Jeremy Hellickson will start tomorrow after today’s off-day.


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  • Marc Topkin looks at who still has a shot at the final roster spots. []
  • Tony Fabrizio also looks at the final roster spots and who might be in. []
  • BJ Upton wants to steal 50 bases this year and is working on stealing third more often. []
  • The Hardball Times takes a crack at 5 questions surrounding the Rays this season. [The Hardball Times]
  • John Jaso is working on a mechanical flaw in his throws to second base. [MLB]
  • Chris Archer, who came over in the Matt Garza deal has seen his fastball hit 97 and his slider at 91. Andy Sonnanstine wishes his fastball hit 91. []
  • The Phillies have a heck of a rotation, but Charlie Manuel still thinks he could find room for David Price. []
  • One blogger explains why he loves the Rays. [Confessions of a Futon Reformer]




  1. Hans says:

    Hayhurst piches great! The man is no prospect, but a veteran MLB reliever. He's got to make the 25 man roster!

  2. Joe says:

    Archer would probably make a pretty good closer already but I would be surprised if he's even in AAA to start the season, I would expect some AA time.

    McGee, Cruz and Wade please!


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