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Rays 5, Yankees 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: Relayed To Perfection. We’ll get to the home runs in a moment, but the most important play last night was Sean Rodriguez’ relay in the bottom of the 4th from Ben Zobrist (at the wall) to Kelly Shoppach nailing a runner at home and keeping the score at 3-1. It was a thing of beauty…Home Run Barrage. Apparently the first 10,000 at the Yankees game last night wearing Rays gear got a home run. Five solo home runs off of CC Sabathia, by five different batters…Joel Peralta. It wasn’t the most important inning ever, but a 4-run lead against the Yankees is like a 2-run lead against most teams. And Peralta came in and struck out the side for a 1-2-3 9th inning...David Price. Nice to see the bounce-back game. And interestingly, he mixed up his pitches a bit more than usual. Of his 114 pitches, only 66 (57.9% were fastballs). Normally he is closer to 75% fastballs. And only 1 of those last night was of the two-seem variety.

THE BAD: Nothing to report today.

THE TELLING: The Rays are now 7.5 behind the Yankees in the Wild Card. Keep in mind that the Rays are also a half-game behind the Angels in the Wild Card, so there is another team involved here…The Rays are now 5-5 against the Yankees this season…In 5 triple-A starts (30.2 ip), Matt Moore has struck out 49, walked 7, given up just 16 hits and has an ERA of 0.88. Yeah, he’s pretty good.


  • If you missed it, it looks like we might be able to add weed to the list of items stolen from Evan Longoria, David Price, and Reid Brignac back in March. [Rays Index]
  • Alex Cobb’s surgery has been pushed back. [Rays Report]
  • Evan Longoria makes an appearance in “The Dugout” where he helps the police solve the robbery of his spring training home. [With Leather]
  • Rookie Mason Foster’s job with the Bucs just got a whole lot easier. [JoeBucsFan]


  • Buffalo 3, DURHAM 2: Matt Moore had 10 more strikeouts and just 2 walks in 6 shutout innings, giving up only 2 hits…SS Tim Beckham went 2-4 with an RBI…DH John Jaso was 1-4 with 2 strikeouts.
  • MONTGOMERY 12, Carolina 7: Chris Archer allowed 4 runs in 5 innings on 4 hits and 2 walks. He struck out 5. His ERA is now 4.45…SS Hak-Ju Lee went 1-4 with a walk. He also committed his first double-A error…3B Cole Figueroa had a grand slam, his 5th home run of the year…LF John Shelby hit his 15th home run.
  • St. Lucie 3, CHARLOTTE 0: Merrill Kelly only gave up 1 run in 5.1 innings, but the Stone Crabs managed just 1 hit on the night.
  • Fort Wayne 4, BOWLING GREEN 3: Wilking Rodriguez allowed 3 runs (2 earned) in 4.2 innings, giving up 8 hits and 3 walks…RF Cody Rogers went 3-4 with a triple.
  • Tri-City 9, HUDSON VALLEY 4 (gm 1): Trevor Shull gave up 7 runs in 4 innings on 7 hits and 5 walks.
  • Tri-City 2, HUDSON VALLEY 1 (gm 2): Robert Dickman allowed 2 unearned runs in 5 innings.
  • Kingston 6, PRINCETON 5: SS Jake Hager had his third straight multi-hit game, going 2-4. He is still only hitting .235 on the season.




  1. Amanda says:

    I always thought a play at the plate from the outfield (with or without a relay) is the most exciting play in baseball.

  2. Ken says:

    I heard last night watching the game that the Rays are 2nd in all of MLB not just the AL in runs scored in away games. For all the Derek Shelton haters who want him fired based upon results, how do you explain that this team is the 2nd best with results (= runs scored) when they play on the road? I have seen Shelton in the dugout for away games as well as home games. So it can't be the hitting coach that is the problem. The stat's of all but two hitters is much better on the road.

    • jim says:

      a lot of it has to do with AL east ballparks. how many al east team are in the top 10 away runs scored? all of them, and that's with their totals in the trop also.
      and lets face it, we are the king of pile-on runs. especially against lesser pitchers. we take way too many pitches and we either walk or strike out. against lesser pitchers that throw more balls, we get more base runners. does it take a great hitting coach to say "stand there and work the count"?

      shelton stinks. our batting average the past two year are the lowest in team history. that's saying a lot considering some of the teams we have fielded.

  3. jim says:

    ok maybe not baltimore, but who really counts them anyway???


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