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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: James the Greater. Another start, another complete game. That is 10 on the year and only the second pitcher with 10 complete games since the 2000. Also consider that Shields is working 1.1 more innings per game this year (7.1 ip) compared to last year (6.0 ip) meaning he is on pace to throw about 44 more innings this year. That is 44 fewer innings that the bullpen will be required to throw just because of Shields…Dirtbag Power. Evan Longoria hit 2 more home runs giving him 24 on the year. If he had not missed 27 games in April, Longo would have about 31 home runs. That would be 4th in the AL and only 6 behind the all-powerful Jose Bautista…Flash Power. Desmond Jennings hit another home run giving him 6 in just 32 games. That is already 8th on the team and just 1 behind Kelly Shoppach.

THE BAD: Ben Zobrist. Not the worst night ever, but Zorilla saw 12 pitches in 4 at bats, swung at 6 and hit the ball out of the infield once. And only 2 of the pitches made it past the pitcher.

THE TELLING: File this under something we have never seen. After initially ruling that John Jaso had not been hit by a pitch, the umpire corrected his call after waiting to see if a bruise would form. It did after about a minute…BJ Upton was back in the lineup for the first times since Monday…Jays manager John Farrell missed the game with pneumonia. He could return today.


  • BJ Upton was claimed by an unidentified team after being placed on trade waivers. Marc Topkin calls a trade “unlikely.” [The Heater]
  • Reid Brignac talks about his goal of regaining his starting job. []
  • Blah, blah, blah. Another fan got tossed from The Trop for not turning his t-shirt inside out. This is an old and tiring story. [The Ledger]
  • This probably shouldn’t come as a surprise to Rays fans, but Dioner Navarro was let go by the Dodgers because he had no work ethic. [LA Times]
  • Did the Player’s Association throw Aqib Talib under the bus just to get the CBA done. [Business Insider]


  • Charlotte 10, DURHAM 4: In 4 innings, Andy Sonnanstine gave up 8 runs (7 earned) on 7 hits and 2 walks. He struck out 7…SS Tim Beckham went 1-4 with a double and a walk…RF Brandon Guyer was 1-4 with a double and a walk.
  • MONTGOMERY 12, Carolina 9: Kyle Lobstein gave up 5 runs in 5 innings in his double-A debut. He struck out 7 and walked 4. He also allowed 3 home runs…SS Hak-Ju Lee went 2-5 with a double and a walk…1B Henry Wrigley was 3-4 with his 16th home run. He drove in 4.
  • CHARLOTTE 2, Fort Myers 1 (gm 1): The Stone Crabs completed an earlier game that had been suspended winning on a Tony Scelfo walk-off single in the 8th inning.
  • Fort Myers 6, CHARLOTTE 3 (gm 2): Merrill Kelly gave up 5 runs (4 earned) in 5 innings, striking out 4 and walking 4…DH Jose Lobaton went 1-5 with a double and 3 strikeouts on his rehab assignment…2B Tyler Bortnick went 1-4.
  • BOWLING GREEN 7, Lansing 3: George Jensen picked up his 13th win, pitching 5 innings and giving up just 1 run. He struck out 4 and walked none…SS Derek Dietrich went 0-5 with 3 strikeouts.
  • Brooklyn 7, HUDSON VALLEY 4 (gm 1): Lefty Robert Dickman made his 4th start giving up 5 runs, all unearned, in 4 innings. He struck out 5 and walked 1.
  • Brooklyn 3, HUDSON VALLEY 0 (gm 2): Lefty Ryan Carpenter made his 3rd start, pitching 3 hitless inning. He allowed 3 strikeouts and a walk.
  • Bristol 13, PRINCETON 7: 1B Cameron Seitzer went 2-4 and hit his 11th home run.




  1. Blake says:

    I blame the broadcast crew for Zoby's poor night. They did a nice feature on how awesome he has been on the road this year vs. being at home.

  2. Amanda says:

    TORONTO (AT) -- James Shields was placed on the 15-day disabled list when his arm fell off 15 minutes after his 10th complete game of the season, a 6-1 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays.
    Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon was uncomfortable with allowing Shields to pitch even one complete game this season, let alone 10. However, he relented after threats of a walkout by his starting rotatoin.
    "I knew something like this was going to happen," said Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon.
    Shields said in a post-game interview that he gave Maddon the stink-eye when he allowed a hit in the ninth inning, remembering when Maddon took out fellow pitcher David Price earlier in the year in a similar situation and wrecking the young man's confidence for several games afterward.
    Surprisingly, Shields didn't realize his arm had fallen off until approached by Maddon after the game.
    "You arm's off." Maddon said.
    "No it isn't," Shields replied.
    "Well, what's that then?" Maddon asked, pointing at his arm laying on a shelf in his locker.
    "I've had worse," Shields said.
    The recovery time for arm replacement surgery is surprisingly short, meaning that Shields should only miss his next two starts.
    When asked for comment, Rays general manager Andrew Friedman mumbled something about chopping down a shrubbery with a herring and what sounded like, "real baseball in Chicago."

  3. Sarah says:

    Does Brignac get it? He is always quick to express frustration over limited playing time and demotion to the minors, but I've never heard him quoted saying anything that suggests he understands what he needs to improve. If you are going to hit .190, you'd better be really good at taking walks and putting down bunts, and he's not. Maybe he can't turn himself into a better hitter overnight, but surely he can work on this other skills?

  4. Joe says:

    Anything with "Marc Topkin" and "unlikely" is something par for the course....Perhaps Rich Herrera will be next?! πŸ™‚

  5. brianknowsbest says:

    that bruise thing is crazy, never seen that either. think thats something new they are implementing?

  6. brianknowsbest says:

    also.. didnt realize Lee was struggling so bad in AA. on top of that, is SALE sucking it up in Hudson Valley or what?


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