Rays 7, Indians 0
Rangers 11, Rays 5 (click image for boxscore)

The GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe.

THE GOOD: Matt Joyce. Joyce was 2-4 with an RBI on a night when the Rays needed a lot more than 1 run. But what was “good” was that Joyce’s two hits came off of lefty Derek Holland. It was just the fifth start of the year against a lefty for Major League Baseball’s leading hitter.

THE BAD: Wade Davis. Did Andy Sonnanstine steal Big Dub’s jersey? Davis faced 22 batters. 12 of them picked up hits and 14 of them reached base. In the end, Davis gave up 7 runs and didn’t finish the third inning. And that’s it. Sure the Rays had the tying run at the plate in the 6th inning. But with 2 outs, the Rays still only had about a 10% shot at winning the game at that point. Coming back from Davis’ mess would have taken a minor miracle…Oh Wait. There was one more. The defense. Actually, just Sean Rodriguez, who committed 3 errors at shortstop, just a day after we heard he would start to see more playing time at the position. It also marked the first time this season that the Rays committed more than one error in a game.

THE TELLING: As expected, Alex Cobb was

called up, with Brandon Gomes being optioned to Durham. Cobb will start tonight…Casey Kotchman is sore, but not expected to go on the DL after spraining his ankle Sunday…Jeff Niemann threw a 50-pitch simulated game and “felt pretty good.” He will now make three rehab starts. If all goes well, he’ll be back in the rotation around June 20.


  • We asked this question last week, and now SI.com is saing James Shields is the early favorite for the Cy Young Award. [SI.com]
  • Finding great catchers is difficult. [TBO.com]
  • Does this move show that the Rays “plan on remaining in the region long-term”? Couldn’t this also be a move the Rays would make if they don’t know where they will be long-term, but know staying in region is a possibility? [Shadow of the Stadium]
  • Here is a look at the different ways teams fudge their attendance numbers. [Forbes]
  • Would Chucky coach Ohio State? [Joe Bucs Fan]


  • DURHAM 7, Columbus 4: Alex Torres gave up 4 runs (3 earned) on 11 hits in 6.2 innings. He struck out 5 and walked none…Jake McGee struck out 2 of the 4 batters he faced, picking up his 2nd save…RF Desmond Jennings was a late-inning defensive sub and tripled home a run in his only at bat…CF Brandon Guyer hit his 9th home run and stole his 6th base…Chris Carter (7) and Russ Canzler (5) also homered.
  • Jackson 7, MONTGOMERY 4:
  • CHARLOTTE: (no games scheduled)
  • Lansing 11, BOWLING GREEN 7: James Patters made just his second start of the year and gave up 5 runs in 3 innings…CF Cody Rogers was 3-5 and stole his 11th base…SS Derek Dietrich was 1-4 with a strikeout. He is hitting .284…C Alejandro Torres hit his first home run.

Wade Davis (via TampaBay.com)





  1. DRR says:

    They are going to give the Cy Young award to si.com?

  2. Don says:

    WOuld one "media type" please ask Maddon today if it would be ok NOW for the leagues leading hitter to play against left handed pitching...he could bat 8th or 9th if Maddon wants and our other "star" hitting 1st...sounds good...
    Looking forward....Davis will still be pitching here (7years) when Shields, Price, HEllboy will be long gone....just thinking...

  3. Tone says:

    Got to love the baseball player BS that gets spit out by some of the guys on this team. "Felt great, made some good pitches..." Maddon went along for the ride too. I like how Price actually shows remorse and seems pissed when he gets hit around. Davis sucks tremendously this year; even when he was getting outs and going deeper in games earlier this season you could tell it was luck. His fastball is weak and has no location, along with breaking pitches that are fooling no one right now. Would be nice for the fans to see some emotion other than apathy from the guy. BJ needs to get traded ASAP. Tired of watching him fail so predictably.

    • Beth says:

      Really, Tone? You'd feel better if Wade Davis screamed and cried during his interview, rather than just give us baseball platitudes? Why? You can't really believe that he doesn't care about his bad performance.

      • Tone says:

        I think it is ridiculous to just say the crap he said. Real baseball platitudes would have been, "I need to do better, I let the team down..."ect.. Crying would have been funny, but there is no crying in baseball remember. He has been terrible and his response to a horrific start was akin to politics; I hate politicians.

  4. werD says:

    Cork, I hate to beat this dead horse, but if not now, when? When will the Rays release Shoppach? something must be done. nothing can be worse than a .150 avg, can it? He has only thrown out 2 or 3 base stealers? its time...

  5. Des from Durham says:

    I am your leadoff hitter for Pete's sake. Evan up there is Maddon's way of embarassing management into calling me up.

    I think the failure to promote me is destroying morale on the team and in the community. When a team isn't trying to win now, why go see them now? At one point yesterday, the Rays had Shoppach, Lopez, Sonnanstine, Ruggiano on the field. How many teams can win against the defending AL Champs when 4/9ths of your line up are, by all rights and any objective measure, minor leaguers?

    As outlandish as my lack of promotion is, the failure to promote another catcher is even more unjust. Shoppach not only swings and missed more than anybody else, he's not even close. Virtually blind up there.

    • Chris D says:

      As a Bulls fan, I dread the possibility of losing Des and Lobaton and getting Shoppach and Reid in exchange...

  6. Daredevil says:

    For 3 months (includes Spring Training), Durham catcher Jose Lobaton has been crushing the ball. He's hitting .371 against lefties!(Shoppach's side). He's also a switch-hitter and a very good defender with a plus arm. I know major league pitching will be tougher for him, but we should at least try him. We might have to flat-out cut Shoppach, like Burrell last year. But I feel the season starting to slip away. We need to address these holes in our line-up. Shoppach is an embarrassment to the team.

  7. werD says:

    hate to bury this quality post on a comment board that will be dead tomorrow, but with shoppach and rugg hitting behind me, im not going to see a ball to hit all game long. ~ Matt Joyce.


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