Rays 7, Indians 0
Rays 4, Angels 1 (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: Alex Cobb. The first big league win for one Alexander Miller Cobb. He held the Angels to 1 run in 6.1 innings, striking out 3 and walking none. And what was interesting, is that he did it with just 27 fastballs (out of  84 pitches). Cobb is the Bizarro Price…JP Howell. Boy were we nervous with The Dude in the game with a runner on 3rd and the tying run at the plate in the 7th. But he got two Angels to strike out swinging to end the threat and effectively end the game.

THE BAD: Briggy Baseball. We do love his glove at SS. But hey, guess who went 0-4? So which is it? Is it the 3-4 Brignac from Sunday? Or is it the 2-29 in the other 11 games out of the last 12?

THE TELLING: Evan Longoria sat out again with the LA flu…Evan Longoria is still third among AL third basemen in the all-star voting. He is already more than a half-million votes behind Alex Rodriguez…Elliot Johnson will rehab with the Durham Bulls and could be back with the Rays by the weekend.


  • Here is a prettier look at how long it might take the Rays top picks to reach the big leagues. [Business Insider]
  • Oh boy…Rays top pick Taylor Guerrieri wouldn’t even give an interview to his hometown paper after being drafted, at the advice of his “advisors.” [TBO.com]
  • Rays Prospects has info on the Rays second round picks Granden Goetzman and Lenny Linsky. Be sure to check out the rest of their posts from the last couple of days for complete draft coverage. [Rays Prospects]
  • David Price is pitching a lot better this year. Just don’t look at his numbers. [TBO.com]
  • Two more Stone Crabs were added to the FSL all-star squad. [Claw Digest]


  • DURHAM 9, Lehigh Valley 1: Brian Baker allowed just 1 unearned run in 6 innings, striking out 6 and walking 2. He has now allowed just 1 earned run in his last 13 innings…CF Desmond Jennings was 2-5 with a triple…3B Russ Canzler hit his 7th home run, a grand slam in the first inning…C Robinson Chirinos had maybe his best game at the plate, going 4-5 with 2 RBI. His average is all the way up to .263.
  • MONTGOMERY 7, Mississippi 4: Paul Phillips struck out 3 and walked none in 4.2 innings. He allowed 2 runs…SS Tim Beckham was 2-3 with a walk to raise his average to .299…CF John Shelby hit his 7th home run.
  • CHARLOTTE: (no game scheduled)
  • Kane County 3, BOWLING GREEN 0: Enny Romero struck out 11 in 6 innings but took the loss after giving up 3 runs in 6 innings. He only walked 1…The Hot Rods managed just 4 hits.




  1. Beth says:

    I'm pretty unhappy with the way this Taylor Guerrieri (sp?) thing is being handled. Are his "issues" that he TP'd the school in a senior night prank? Or are we talking criminal activity, substance abuse, a string of pregnant 14 year olds?

    Reporters are repeating unsubstantiated and vague rumors, so there's now a taint of scandal around this guy -- he's a teenager, remember -- that may be undeserved. I say, either find evidence that he's done something that bears on his future as a ball player, or drop it.

  2. Tone says:

    Tim Beckham seems to have raised his value. Cork, what do you hear about the stock of #1 pick Tim Beckham? Is he a top prospect again? What are the possibilities of him remaining at short with Lee on a rampage? Logic would tell me an infield of Longoria 3B, Lee SS, and Beckham at 2nd sounds cool; if things keep moving for both prospects.

    • Cork Gaines says:

      His value is definitely back on the rise. He's not a top prospect yet, but I think he definitely projects as a big league starter again. And that's saying something. A year ago, people were starting to worry if he would ever even make it to the big leagues. And maybe more importantly, I think he projects as a shortstop. That was in doubt for a while, but his D is definitely better.

  3. Sublime says:


    Do you see him (Beckham) possibly moving up to Durham this year?

    • Cork Gaines says:

      If he does, I don't think it would happen until the last month or so of the season. I don't think he has dominated enough to warrant an early move and I think he is still young enough that the Rays would just like for him to keep experiencing success. If you bump him up now there is risk he struggles and having that damage his confidence.

      • werD says:

        cork, can you give us an idea of how much beckham has grown, physically, since he was drafted? i know listed heights and weights can lie, so i was just wondering what you have seen. thanks.

        • Cork Gaines says:

          He is definitely stronger and bigger. Not huge by any means. But I remember him being a pretty skinny kid in high school. But now you can really see some strength in his upperbody.

  4. Don says:

    Interesting: for you stats boys... what is the Rays record when Longoria is NOT playing VS. their Record when he does play
    Seems like the "team leader" is really not an "Impact player"
    Maybe a 40 yr old player has been the REAL leader of this Team....just saying

  5. Ro says:

    I wouldn't go as far as to call Longo a loser, but I have to agree with Don. I was thinking about this last night.

    When Longo's not in the lineup it's like the other guys realize they have to play. It's like when he's in the lineup, everyone's counting on him to do stuff. Now that I know I'm not the only one thinking this way, do you think Joe has noticed and will talk to the guys?


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