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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: Casey Kotchman. Three more magical hits for Kotch including his 6th home run. He also just missed a second home run when he hit a line drive to the warning track…Des Jennings. Flash was on base 3 more times with 3 singles…Kyle Farnsworth. In 2010 Rafael Soriano was worth 1.6 Wins (WAR) and cost $7.5 million. This year, the Rays are paying Farnsworth $2.6M and he’s on pace for 1.5 WAR. Seems like a fair trade to us.

THE BAD: Jake McGee. Josh Willingham can’t do a lot. But he can mash fastballs. In the last 3 seasons, Willingham has been worth 33.8 runs above average on fastballs alone. McGee came in to the game to start the 10th with Willingham leading off. McGee threw him 6 straight fastballs, the last of which was of the 350-foot variety to give the A’s the lead for good…David Price. Price didn’t even finish the 5th inning, giving up 4 runs. He did strike out 7, but it took him 110 pitches to get there struggling with his control. Of his 110 pitches, 45 were balls.

THE TELLING: Alex Cobb went on the DL and Cesar Ramos was recalled from Durham…SS prospect Derek Dietrich (single-A Bowling Green) hit his 16th HR. That is tops in the minors among middle infielders…John Jaso will begin a rehab assignment in Durham that will last at least 2 weeks…Don’t be shocked if Alex Cobb is shut down for the rest of the season even if his hand injury is not serious.


  • Alex Cobb says his arm has a “dead arm” feel to it. []
  • Bill Chastain writes about the Rays sudden surplus of catchers. [MLB]
  • Rays Prospects takes a look at how the draft picks from 2008 and 2009 are faring this year. [Rays Prospects]
  • Yesterday we showed you a pic of poor Reid Brignac wearing

    a Star Wars jersey and a Gazoo helmet. Watching Durham Bulls Baseball explores the extra-large lids. [WDBB]
  • Our partners in crime were on hand for the Bucs Saturday night practice. [Joe Bucs Fan]


  • DURHAM 6, Lehigh Valley 4: Rough day for Matt Moore. Only struck out 10 in 6.2 innings and gave up 2 runs. He walked none. But his ERA has now ballooned to 1.09 in 4 starts. Maybe he’s not ready for triple-A (and yes, we are joking)…RF Russ Canzler went 3-3 with a walk and his 15th home run…LF Stephen Vogt who could be part of the DH equation in 2012 went 1-4 and hit his second home run since being promoted…SS Reid Brignac went 0-2 with a walk.
  • MONTGOMERY 10, Mobile 3: Shane Dyer allowed 3 runs on 6 hits and 2 walks. He struck out 3…SS Tim Beckham had a double in 4 at bats with a walk…LF John Shelby (14) homered for the second straight game.
  • St. Lucie 5, CHARLOTTE 2: Merrill Kelly tossed 6 shutout innings with 2 Ks and 4 walks. He allowed just 3 hits. His ERA is now 3.12 with 61 Ks and 41 walks in 106.2 innings…SS Hak-Ju Lee had a double and a triple in 4 at bats. In other words, just another day in single-A…LF Tony Scelfo went 3-4.
  • BOWLING GREEN 14, South Bend 3: George Jensen allowed 2 runs on 5 hits and 1 walk in 5 innings. He struck out 3…SS Derek Dietrich went 4-6 with 2 doubles and his 16th home run. He is 14-31 in the last 7 games and his 16 home runs is tied for 5th in the ML…3B Julio Cedeno hit his 8th home run. It was his 4th in the last 7 games.
  • Aberdeen 4, HUDSON VALLEY 1: Trevor Shull who tried a stint as a fielder, returned to the mound for the first time since 2009. He gave up 3 runs in 4.2 innings, struck out 1 and walked 2.
  • Greeneville 8, PRINCETON 3: RF Drew Vettleson hit his 6th home run.




  1. Tone says:

    I like watching Jennings play baseball; that is all.

  2. CC says:

    Did Price remind you of someone yesterday? To me it really looked like a typical Scott Kazmir outing. High % of fastballs trying to nibble the outside corner and can't throw anything else for a strike. If you are going to throw that many fastballs you better mix up location.

    • Sarah says:

      Exactly my thoughts. It was exactly like watching Scott Kazmir in 2008 and 2009. He seldom was completely ineffective -- no Shields types of multi-homerun innings. But he'd need 100 pitches to get through four or five innings, and these always felt like the longest 4 or 5 innings of your life.

  3. Don says:

    They better sign Kotch NOW to multi year deal 3-5, if Scott Boras gets his phone # its all over for him and the Rays...
    Price with the big name would have been perfect trade bait a few weeks ago when they we talking about giving away our "ACE", they could have got a real hitter for him.....

    • jim says:

      don, you're a buffoon! let's trade away our only pitcher that's ever even sniffed at a cy young and who is still affordable for years to come, just because he's had a couple of bad outings. for what? a "hitter" that will stink it up as soon as he suits up in a rays jersey and be gone in less than two years.

      the last time i had a "discussion" with you, you were guaranteeing me we would re-sign carl crawford and telling me i was an idiot for suggesting that the front office were idiots for jacking up my season ticket prices 35% and it would cost them the next few seasons. who was right on both of those? me or you? please mr. baseball, think before you type.

      15K for a friday night concert and to think that they took a piss on all their upper level 40 game season ticket holders a few years ago. sad!

      please mr. baseball, think before you type.

  4. Jim says:

    cork, i saw you mention that farnsworth was put on waivers, but you did you notice where damon and shields were also? they were all put on the "optional" list.

  5. LoLJFH says:

    I would officially like to apologize to Corky for my post last week after Price's outing in Oakland (I think it was). He is officially a "mess". It was borderline and I defended Price, now with this start he is right, he is a mess. I say shut him down for a bit, limit his innings overall (because we saw yesterday limiting his innings does not equate to limiting his pitches). The staff seems to be having some health issues this year and it could be because of record use the past 2 seasons. We are not good enough or consistent enough to have a vaunted "run" in us to get back in this thing, much less catch New York/Boston/Anaheim for a wild card. Shut him down for a few weeks, let him rest, get his head cleared. Bring up Torres, not Moore, unless someone else flames out. This may be difficult and controversial with Cobb already shelved, but better to protect him now than have him hurt himself and lose him for next year also.

  6. Gus says:

    Price the dart thrower needs to be DL'd. Just so that he can spend a few bullpen sessions re-learning his slider. When he arrived in 2008, it was the slider that was so devastating. Without it, he isn't the same guy. He made the adjustment last season midway to heavy fastball mix; now he needs to adjust it back.

    A million Rays games and I am embarassed to ask: who is calling the pitches? All Hickey-Maddon or is the catcher given some discretion with a general game plan? Whoever it is needs to make the adjustment.


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