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Red Sox 3, Rays 1 (gm1); Rays 6, Red Sox 2 (gm2)

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 Usual, Starting Pitching. In the opener, James Shields tossed his ninth complete game in a losing effort. He struck out six and walked just one. And then in the nightcap, Jeff Niemann continued his second-half domination, striking out 10 and walking 1 in a complete game win. He held the Red Sox to 2 runs on 3 hits…Desmond Jennings. Flash had 3 hits in the double-header including his 5th home run. He also stole his 9th base…Ben Zobrist. Zorilla continues to quietly carry this team. He had four more hits on the day and is now ranked as the 5th most valuable player in the AL according to Fangraph’s WAR.

THE BAD: Replayed. In the top of the 4th of the first game, with the Rays trailing by 2, Casey Kotchman hit a ball down the right field line. The ball was ruled foul. And despite a mild protest by Kotchman and some questioning of the call by Joe Maddon from the dugout, the umpires never went to the replay booth. And if they had they would have seen that the ball clearly passed in front of the foul pole. And there is a big difference between a 2-run game and a 1-run game…Triple-Played. For the second time in team history, the Rays hit into a triple-play. Here is the video.

THE TELLING: Alex Cobb will now have his surgery on Thursday.


  • The Rays won’t have a draft haul in 2012 anywhere close to this year’s class. As of now, Kyle Farnsworth, is the only potential free agent (Type A) that would net the Rays any draft picks by signing elsewhere. But he has a 2012 option on his contract that the Rays are likely to pick up. Unless of course they think 2012 was a fluke and won’t the draft picks. [MLBTR]
  • Is the Tampa Bay sports market “overextended.” [Joe Bucs Fan]
  • Rays fans are the worst, blah, blah, blah. And what is the criteria? The numbers. Because you know, it’s impossible for a hospital to have good doctors unless there are a lot of them. [LA Times]
  • Evan Longoria credits his recent strong play to a new pair of kicks. [MLB]
  • Tonight, the Hudson Valley Renegades will be giving away an Evan Longoria Build-A-Bear. [MiLB]


  • DURHAM 2, Scranton/WB 0: Matt Torra pitched 6 shutout innings, giving up 4 hits and  walk. He struck out 3…SS Tim Beckham was 1-3 and is now 8-25 in his first 6 triple-A games…RF Matt Carson hit his first home run since coming over from the A’s system…DH John Jasowent 0-3 and CF Brandon Guyer went 0-4.
  • Birmingham 4, MONTGOMERY 2: Jim Paduch gave up 4 runs in 5 innings on 8 hits and 1 walk. He struck out 4…SS Hak-Ju Lee went 1-5 and is now 5-26 in his first 6 double-A games.
  • Bradenton 7, CHARLOTTE 6: Alex Koronis allowed 3 runs on 4 hits and 3 walks in 4 innings. He struck out 5…C Jake Jefferies hit his 2nd home run of the year, a solo shot…2B Tyler Bortnick went 3-3 with a walk and a double. He also stole 3 bases, giving him 41 for the year.
  • BOWLING GREEN: (no games scheduled)
  • HUDSON VALLEY: (no games scheduled)
  • Danville 3, PRINCETON 2: RF Drew Vettleson went 2-4 to raise his average to .295.




  1. Blake says:

    Glad to see Beckham adjusting well to AAA thus far. I wonder if they will have him finish out the season playing solely SS, and then have him start learning multiple positions early next year to get him more into the "Rays-mold" of player. Plus, with Lee hot on his heels, SS could be a short-term experience for him with the Rays anyways.

  2. Sarah says:

    Thanks goodness they won the second game or we'd be hearing about that triple play forever.

    • jim says:

      Where’s our buddy don? He didn’t have much to say since price pitched his ass off the other day. Nor anything about his man-crush Crawford who’s hitting a whopping .143 over the past week and who’s OBP is .020 BJ, .129 behind Jennings, and .055 behind joyce, yet het makes 3X what they do combined. What a complete flop!!!

      • Don says:

        Jim, I'm going to buy you a RED SOx hat and get Carl's autograph for you because PRice already has Jeter's Hat and Autograph... then you both can enjoy the playoffs/WS.....
        Oh I forgot the "Flop"s team is 10games ahead of PRice/Longo..where does that leave them...... ie "losers"??

        • jim says:

          does it make you feel better to come over to a rays website and consistantly trash them? why don't you go to the sox or yankees sites and pile on there?

          miserable life at home? bad job? small peepee? which ones, because it has to be more than one!

  3. Gus says:

    If Jennings is worth 1.2 WAR in the roughly 4 weeks he's been up is it right to say if he kept that pace, the Rays would have roughly 4-5 more wins (not sure what the WAR was on the Manny(as Damon)-Ruggiano-Fuld starts in LF not net out)?

    Put another way, using the Rays own metrics, would they be within 4 games or so of the Yankees and BoSox if Jennings had been up all year and played at or near this level?

    • Alex says:

      That's a bit much to expect Desmond to have played at this level the whole year. I think being in triple a again motivated him to never get sent down.

      That Casey Kotchman non replay call was ridiculous. You know that if a Red Sox or Yankee had done the same thing they would of instantly gone to replay and awarded them the hr.

      • Sarah says:

        At whose discretion is the use of replay? Can a manager demand it, or do the umpires have discretion whether to consult the video?

  4. Amanda says:

    In reference to the Delta-Bravo in Los Angeles, apparenty he's been calling up 620AM, begging to be interviewed on air. lol What a loser. One of the morning guys (I forgot if I was listening to Scileo or Ron and Ian), but one of them commented that at least no Rays fan have beat an opposing team's fan within an inch of their life. Duemig said he's got no room to talk, as no NFL city even comes close to the L.A. fan base's inneptitude, losing THREE teams. lol

    As for the games, I'm about to make a criticism of the Rays, so I guess that means I dont like team. (Hmm, I thought it was criticism and not hatred, but I guess I was wrong.) Anywho, I thought the Rays were interested in making a run to win the division. If that's the case why the effing crap did Maddon put out THE WORST POSSIBLE LINEUP EVER IN THE FIRST GAME!?!?!? AAAAARRRRRRRGHH!! (#*$! I'm sorry, didn't they just have two days off in a row?! I don't care if there's three games in 24 hours. Or better yet (except for the catchers), don't rest anyone! Or wait for the third game to see if you're totally out of it and then rest them if the season's in the crapper. It's friggin baseball, not a contact sport! They stand in the field for half the game and sit on the bench for another third! I'm sick of that crap. There. I said it. I feel better now. 🙂

    • Don says:

      Coach Maddon does not agree with your "unfair criticism...He says he will do any damn thing he wants..including "making-up" a line up card...he's the boss.........please...

    • Tom says:

      What would your line up have been? The only regular he sat ws Joyce and that was because he does not hit lefties.


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