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

No GDT today which is probably fine. We would have a hard time finding anything Good out of last night’s game.


  • Cesar Ramos has been sent back to Durham and replaced by Jay Buente (above). [The Heater]
  • Prospect Brandon Guyer strained an oblique and will be on the shelf for a month. []
  • According to, the Rays now have a 2.6 percent shot at the playoffs. [CoolStandings]
  • Top prospect Matt Moore appeared on “Happy Hour with JP Peterson” yesterday. You can listen to the audio here. [MATT MOORE]
  • BJ Upton is just trying to ignore the trade rumors. And James Shields still sounds worried despite reports that he won’t be traded. []
  • Justin Upton offered some advice to his brother on how to deal with the trade rumors. [CBS Sports]
  • Adrian Clayborn, from the University of Iowa, became the first first-rounder to sign, when the Bucs inked him last night. [JoeBucsFan]


  • Gwinnett 9, DURHAM 3: Matt Torra gave up 4 runs in 6 innings on 7 hits and 4 walks…CF John Matulia and RF Russ Canzler homered…Reid Brignac did not play.
  • Tennessee 9, MONTGOMERY 8: Jim Paduchgave up 4 runs in 5.1 innings including 2 home runs….SS Tim Beckham went 1-4 with 2 walks…1B Henry Wrigley hit his 10th home run and went 3-5, driving in 4.
  • Brevard County 8, CHARLOTTE 6: Jake Thompson gave up 6 runs (4 earned) in 5 innings. He struck out 1 batter…SS Hak-Ju Lee went 2-3 with a walk. It was his 5th multi-hit game in the last 10.
  • BOWLING GREEN: (no games scheduled)
  • HUDSON VALLEY: (no games scheduled)
  • Bluefield 11, PRINCETON 4: RF Drew Vettleson had a triple and 2 RBI.
  • PRINCETON 8, Bluefield 3: 1B Cameron Seitzer went 3-4 and hit home runs number 5 and 6. He is hitting .349.




  1. Tampafan26 says:

    Hopefully Tampa can pull something positive out of this series....however its getting harder and harder to believe.

  2. Sarah says:

    On the to-do list for next year: find trainer with expertise in keeping those oblique muscles strong and flexible. First Longoria, then Jaso, now Guyer all loosing major time due to oblique injuries.

  3. werD says:

    sent down Ramos over Howell? really? Really?? REALLY???

    • Alex says:

      HOWELL DOES NOT HAVE ANY OPTIONS LEFT. I know this doesn't concern anyone but they would have to DFA Howell to send him down. The Rays probably want to see if he can figure it out. Otherwise they'll non-tender him next year

  4. Gus says:

    Price is short-arming and I think tipping his pitches. He did it a lot in the Jeter 3,000 game and again last night on Pennington's double, he is flicking the ball on release and spinning on his front foot as best I can describe. As soon as you see it, you know the ball is up in the zone and it is getting turned around.

    I'd note that this is a young team and they are not handling the demise of their season very well. Bad body language all around. They need to trade Upton sooner rather than later. The trade talk is getting everybody down.

    Tough break losing Guyer. Ruggiano gets one more chance I suppose when BJ goes.

    • Sarah says:

      Well put, Gus. Heck, I'm having trouble getting work done as I follow all the trade rumors -- and at the end of the day, whatever happens, I don't have to sell my house and get to know a new set of work colleagues. So it's got to take it's toll on the team. I hope the RFO gets the trade done so we can move on.

      As for Price tipping his pitches -- clearly something's not right with David, but when you throw 99% fastballs, is tipping your pitches really such an issue? They are expecting the fastball anyway -- he just needs to get back to being able to put that pitch someplace they can't hit it.

      • Gus says:

        When he flicks it, it is going to the top part of the strike zone. I can't explain it, but when they know it is gas and they know what part of the zone, he becomes a batting cage pitching machine on max power. Challenging, but you get figured out quick.

        He's never thrown that way before, and I don't know what he's trying to do there, but it gets crushed.

        • Rob says:

          I said this earlier in the season, but it looks like he is throwing darts the way he snaps his arms back rather following through.

          • Rob says:

            That should have read arm, not arms.

          • Gus says:

            Dart throwing is an apt description. It also seems to have a recoil, as if his arm snaps back on release. When he odes that, it seems like (a) it is a fastball up in the zone and (b) it gets smoked a lot of the time.


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