The GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe.

Yankees 5, RAYS 2 (boxscore)

THE GOOD: Matt Joyce. We are pretty sure Sweet Swingin’ Matty made a ball cry yesterday when he hit a home run well over the center field fence (you can see the home run below)…JP Howell. The Dude retired all five batters he faced and looks to be healthy for the first time since 2009.

THE BAD: Evan Longoria. We are not worried about the bat. But considering his late start, it is a little worrisome that Longo already has four errors…BJ Upton. Upton was scratched from the lineup and Joe Maddon sounded like this could become a concern if Upton is unable to play today…Equipment. Luke Scott is apparently still wearing his orange sunglasses (see them here) from his time with the Orioles because he is still waiting for his new blue sunglasses. How does this happen in 2012? It has been two months since Scott signed with the Rays. We can go on Amazon and order band-aids that look like bacon and have them in two days!

THE TELLING: Kyle Farnsworth started so that the Yankees wouldn’t get an extra look at the Rays’ starting pitchers. On the flip side, the Rays lineup had a very opening day feel to it, presumably to get the bats a good look at the Yankees pitchers…Jose Molina worked all 9 innings as he preps for what may be the busiest season of his career.


  • We know this scares some of you, but be prepared for JP Howell to be leaned on heavily this season. []
  • Here’s Toby David’s podcast from yesterday with stuff on the Rays. []
  • A lot is going against Wade Davis early on, and Joe Maddon not wanting the Yankees to see Jeff Niemann yesterday was just the latest bad sign. But Big Dub is still hoping to land in the rotation and a decision could come this weekend. []
  • No surprise to Rays fans that are well aware of the bias in sports news coverage at ESPN. [BI Sports]
  • ranked the top 500 players in baseball, and the bottom of the list is littered with Rays catchers and middle infielders. As reader Thad pointed out, so much for being strong up the middle. [ESPN]
  • This is fantasy-focused, but here is a solid breakdown of Matt Moore. [ESPN]
  • Tim Tebow and the Rays? []





  1. Don says:

    When will Nieman pitch aga. the Yankees, july, August...... any 5 games series with the Yankees...we better hide Him, Let them get an early look at our closer(s) instead? my man Madman

  2. Don says:

    I forgot Molina for 9 innings of practice?Did he forget how to catch? lets break him down, and we will start humpy dumpty catching on oppening day...please.......

  3. Andy says:

    Noticed Scott wearing the Orioles sunglasses, too. But also saw him w/some Rays blue ones. Could it be his glasses have arrived, but he just prefers the orange ones? If so, he better check out the logo on his paychecks!!!

    • Cork Gaines says:

      ahh. I wonder if he got a batch but he didnt like them. So maybe he has gone back to his old shades until a new batch shows up. that would make sense. thanks!


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