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Tigers 2, Rays 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: Web Gems. In the seventh inning with no outs, a runner on third and the Rays still nursing a 1-0 lead, Longoria went into foul territory to field a grounder from his knees. He then took just enough off the throw to clear the runner and get a surprised Delmon Young at the plate (here is the video). And then there was the glove flip by Reid Brignac to start a double-play in the 6th and erase a leadoff single.

THE BAD: Where’s the Beef? And just like that, the Rays lost their groove at home, once again struggling to find ways to push runners across the plate. 11 hits (including 2 doubles) and 4 walks, and yet they scored just 1 run. In five innings, the Rays had a runner on second or third, but they were only 1-7 with runners in scoring position. But maybe the biggest problem was that in only one inning did the Rays get a runner into scoring position with less than two outs. That runner scored.

THE TELLING: BJ Upton’s MRI on his shoulder was negative and he did pinch-hit last night…The game was delayed by 20 minutes after the weather caused some of the lights to go out. That sure seems to be happening a lot recently…The Rays shot their video for the “It Gets Better” campaign prior to last night’s game.


  • We will be posting an interview with Evan Longoria shortly. So be sure to check back in a little bit.
  • Will Andrew Friedman be baseball’s most important free agent this winter? [Business Insider]
  • Marc Topkin appeared on “Chicago Tribune Live” yesterday and said he doesn’t see Andrew Friedman taking the Cubs’ GM job. [Chicago Tribune]
  • Despite his control problems, Chris Archer has been promoted to triple-A. Archer was considered the key piece in the Matt Garza deal. [Montgomery Advertiser]
  • Alex Cobb had a piece of a rib removed during his surgery. That piece may soon be a permanent fixture in Cobb’s locker. []
  • John Romano makes a plea for expanding the baseball playoffs. []
  • Former Rays catcher Dioner Navarro has been designated for assignment by the Dodgers. [ESPN]
  • Martin Fennelly argues that the Rays can’t afford to lose Andrew Friedman. []
  • A commenter brought something to our attention that we apparently missed. But here is an explanation for why the players go for the belt during the walk-off pile-ups (thanks Russ). []


  • Norfolk 6, DURHAM 4 (13): Matt Moore was at it again. This time he tossed 6 shutout innings, giving up 6 hits. He struck out 6 and walked just 1. His ERA is now 0.89 in 7 triple-A starts…SS Tim Beckham went 3-6 with his 3rd triple-A home run…CF Brandon Guyer added his 12th home run.
  • Mississippi 4, MONTGOMERY 1: Shane Dyer gave up 4 runs in 6 innings…SS Hak-Ju Lee went 0-4 as the Biscuits managed just 5 hits.
  • Jupiter 11, CHARLOTTE 5: CJ Riefenhauser gave up 7 runs (5 earned) in 3 innings. He struck out 2 and walked 2…2B Tyler Bortnick was 0-3 with a walk.
  • BOWLING GREEN 10, Great Lakes 8: Enny Romero allowed 5 runs in 3 innings, striking out 2 and walking 3…DH Derek Dietrich went 2-5 and 1B Phil Wunderlich went 3-5 with 2 doubles.
  • Vermont 5, HUDSON VALLEY 0: Jake Partridge gave up 5 runs in just 3.1 innings, raising his ERA to 4.82.
  • Pulaski 5, PRINCETON 2: 3B Taylor Motter was 1-4, but is still hitting .345.




  1. CC says:

    This was another typical Rays loss. Good pitching but can't drive in runs. Does anybody know the team batting average with runners in scoring position for the year?

    • LoLJFH says:

      This won't directly answer your question but it will come close:
      Bottom of the AL, one tick above KC.

    • Drew says:

  2. LoLJFH says:

    They're such a tease.....

    • Beth says:

      Well said. They go on a mini-tear, you get your hopes up.....and then a dispiriting performance like that of last night. But I guess this is what a third place team in the ALE looks like - they are not terrible; they are good enough, in fact, to be real contenders in any other division, but they are not outstanding. ALE contenders must be outstanding.

      I sleep best on those nights I can remember that this just isn't our year.

  3. Blake says:

    Hope Cobb knows the chances of him growing a chick from that are unlikely (only one similar instance in history).

  4. Don says:

    Lets get this straight..Rays mgt. and many fans want the Rays to change divisions because they can't beat the Yankees & Red Sox....
    Well...I got news for you they can't beat the Tigers either, so how are they going to make the Playoffs in the Central...
    Oh I know.. add another playoff spot, surely they can be 2nd in the Central..
    and if that don't work..then what are we going to do to be in the playoffs..
    I got about scoring more than 1or2 runs a game..just thinking

    • Drew says:

      division champs 2 of the last 3 years

      • Don says:

        Exactly...why do they want a new division?????????

      • Joe says:

        Lots of Rays "fans" have the "what have you done for me lately?" attitude and they always will. They don't realize with all the guys leaving, our main signing retiring and our star being hurt almost all season, there is no way we should even be over .500, no, they want this team to win the East or they suck.

        • Beth says:

          I think those Rays fans should be condemned to be Chicago Cubs fans for the rest of their lives. Then they'd be entitled to complain.

    • jim says:

      once again you'll completely full of crap. "Rays to change divisions because they can’t beat the Yankees & Red Sox". show me where anyone said this. all stu said was it took a huge toll on pitching, don't you agree with that? and that by wearing out the pitchers, when we face other teams we're at a disadvantage. he's 100% correct.

      when's the last time boston had a winning record against us? 2007. keep on yapping don. you don't have a clue what you're talking about.


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