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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.

THE GOOD: The Summer of Kotch Continues. His 3-run double in the 6th turned a 1-0 deficit into a 3-1 lead the Rays would never relinquish…Justin Ruggiano. Keep riding that train. His 2-run home run was the icing on a very tasty cake…Johnny Damon. His second 4-hit game in two weeks.

THE BAD: Niemann’s Gas. We’ll never figure Jeff Niemann out, and now might be a good time to finally move him to the bullpen. First of all, Niemann pitched well last night. However, his fastball, which was 93-94 early in the game, was 89-90 by the 6th and 7th innings. A big strong guy like him should be able to maintain his velocity. So why not give him 2 inning stints late in the game where he can just let it go and not worry about getting tired? Yes, his value is higher to the team as a starter. But moving forward, this team might be better with Alex Cobb in the rotation and Niemann in the 7th and 8th.

THE TELLING: The Rays may have screwed up by leaving the cigar off the logo, but man, they got the hose right.


  • The Rays acquired triple-A pitcher Matt Torra from the Diamondbacks for cash.
  • Even George Hendrick, inventor of the long pants in baseball, got caught up in the striped hosiery. [30fps]
  • It looked like Evan Longoria tried to smoke his Smokers uni. [Image]
  • Elliot Johnson and David Price aren’t sure why they got ejected on Friday. [] And this article has a funny pic of Elliot Johnson trying to keep himself out of trouble last night. []
  • Joe Maddon doesn’t expect any suspensions from the ejections in Friday’s game. [The Heater]
  • Sam Fuld will be a commentator for ESPN during the Home Run Derby contest during the All-Star break. []
  • There is a good chance no Rays will play in the All-Star game, which is a shame. Marc Topkin breaks down the possibilities. []


  • Gwinnett 4, DURHAM 1: Alex Cobb struck out 5 and walked 2 in 6 innings. He gave up 4 runs (2 earned)…CF Desmond Jennings was 0-2 with a walk…C Jose Lobaton went 1-3 with a walk.
  • Mobile 6, MONTGOMERY 3: Chris Archer gave up 5 runs (4 earned) in 5 innings. He struck out 3 and walked 5…SS Tim Beckham was 1-4 with walk.
  • Fort Myers 9, CHARLOTTE 3: Kyle Lobstein gave up 7 runs in 4.2 innings including 2 home runs. He struck out 4 and walked 3…SS Hak-Ju Lee was 1-5 with 3 strikeouts.
  • Dayton 3, BOWLING GREEN 2: CJ Riefenhauser struck out 7 and walked 1 in 5 innings. The lefty now has 89 Ks and 21 walks in 86.1 innings…SS Derek Dietrich went 2-3 with a double and a walk.
  • HUDSON VALLEY 8, Aberdeen 0:
  • PRINCETON 3, Bluefield 2 (10):




  1. Sarah says:

    I have mixed feelings about the all star game thing. The Rays have in some ways met or exceeded pre-season expectations this year, so it's not a knock on the team as a whole. But who is having an all-star caliber year? Matt Joyce started out strong but he's been fading. Kotchman is the only everyday player I feel has earned a slot, but I understand why few have noticed (too few abs for the leaderboards; too many really good and well known first basemen).

    And as much as players feel vindicated to be chosen, I'd just as soon have our guys spend four days resting for a pennant run, rather than four days partying in Phoenix. Although it sounds as though Longoria may be partying in Phoenix anyway.....

  2. Rob says:

    The uniforms looked great - I think they should wear short pants all of the time. They look like ballplayers last night.

    I agree about Niemann in the bullpen - he did a nice job there last year at the end of the season.

    • Sarah says:

      Yes, I forgot to mention above that I also agree on the bullpen for Niemann. Yes, he has more value as a starter, but right now he has more value to THEM in the bullpen -- and given how fragile he seems to be (how many more DL visits do we see in his immediate future?) and his inability to throw hard for multiple innings, it seems to me he would be perfect for the bullpen.

  3. Daredevil says:

    I think Farnsworth has earned the all-star game. He and Rivera should be the AL closers honored. Topkin's article mentions that Brandon Guyer is the likely call-up if an outfielder is soon summoned from AAA. As for Niemann, Maddon will keep him in the rotation unless he has several disastrous starts in a row. However, I agree with you people, he should go to the bullpen, we should recall Cobb as 5th starter, and Sonnanstine is finally given his walking papers with Niemann taking his place. Also, Ruggiano was inexpicably taken out of his starting role a couple weeks ago. He should be getting the majority of starts in LF, as we need as much offense as we can muster.

  4. Daredevil says:

    One more item: I'm not sure what the Rays see in minor league free agent signee Matt Torra. His extensive stats are poor.

  5. Amanda says:

    Cork (or anyone), I went out last night and missed the game. I don't get The Telling. What happened with the hose?

    • Cork Gaines says:

      you didnt watch the game!?!? for shame! 🙂 just kiddin. I am just referring to the socks the Rays wore with their unis with the stripes.

  6. Steve says:

    If the Rays are losing money "hand over fist", why are they trading some for a AAA pitcher that can't make the DBacks? Meanwhile Alex Cobb can't do enough to stay with the club.


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