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

Twins 5, RAYS  3(boxscore)

THE GOOD: Jeremy Hellickson. We are not going to say Hellboy was in mid-season form. It was just two innings. But in those two frames, he needed just 22 pitches (only 6 n the 2nd inning), and  Sean Rodriguez. There are not a lot of questions to be answered with the roster this spring. One exception is shortstop with Reid Brignac and Sean Rodriguez battling for playing time (although we would be surprised if they weren’t platooning to start the season). Well, Rodriguez got off to a good start singling twice and reaching on a hit-by-pitch in three plate appearances…JP Howell. A nice 1-2-3 inning including a swinging strikeout.

THE BAD: Bullpen Battles. Two guys with an outside shot at making the opening day roster are Burke Badenhop and Josh Lueke. Both served up 2-run home runs in their spring debuts. Not exactly the start either needed…David Price’s Pre-Start Routine. David Price said yesterday that he felt like he “got run over by a truck” despite pitching just one inning. He blamed the soreness on playing “six hours of paintball” with Kyle Farnsworth on Friday. Needless to say, King David is probably going to scratch paintball from his between starts routine this season.

THE TELLING: Luke Scott and Sam Fuld are both expected to make their spring debuts later this weekCarlos Pena could be in the lineup as soon as tomorrow…Also, there is a small chance Evan Longoria will play today, but more likely, he will make his debut tomorrow…Matt Moore said he felt “normal” during his bullpen session…Today’s game is not on the radio.


  • Easy people, it was just two at bats. []
  • It turns out JP Howell was pitching in pain since he was drafted, but he just thought the pain was normal. Speaking as somebody who tore the labrum in my shoulder, I can tell you I still have trouble throwing a baseball today. So it is pretty amazing Howell is back at all. []
  • Johnny Damon remains unsigned is “waiting for the right team.” you know, the right team being any team that will sign him. [MLBTR]
  • Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago notes that the signing of Andy Sonnanstine (pouring a little out for our homey) shows Theo Epstein is now more Rays than Red Sox. []
  • Jesus Feliciano’s story is a good one. []
  • Marc Topkin spoke with Joel Peralta bout how he lied about his age and how Peralta has no regrets for doing so. []
  • Apparently Stephen Vogt, a minor league catcher, does a mean Joe Maddon impersonation. Unfortunately, no video yet. [The Heater]
  • A Broncos receiver might be on the Bucs’ radar. [JoeBucsFan]




  1. Leighroy says:

    Patrick Mooney writes as if the Rays castoffs will equal saving grace for the Cubs. Man are they desperate! What a reminder of the way things used to be here 5 years ago....

  2. Don says:

    Wonder about Rays influence in this market, ALL I see on TV, newspapers Ads, MLB, ESPN is PHillys/Yankee games. NO Rays radio(today?) or TV and a two hour ride (not 20 min.) to see a game....Gee wonder Why Area Fans are into other teams?

  3. Michael says:

    ESPN has always been down on the Rays, they rarely have anything positive to say. It's no uncommon for spring training games to not be broadcasted, wether on radio or TV. The Yanks are always going to have more media attention. and Florida is the place where people come to die. So naturally they are still fans of their original hometown. The Rays spent a ton of money this year to show St. Pete they are serious, It's now in St. Pete's court to help out if they want the Rays to stay.

  4. Leighroy says:

    Don, the season opener sold out the fastest it ever has, except for maybe the inaugural year. Opening day is almost a month away still. The other teams are marketing bc they are HERE NOW. The Rays will market plenty once they are back in town, and not a 2-hour drive away as you point out.

    You can't possibly be seriously that distressed about missing out on watching 3 starters, 3 bulls and 3 bisquits play against a hodgepodge of someone else's farm system?

  5. LSX says:

    I'm glad to hear Howell is doing well. Great news

  6. Don says:

    leighroy...congratulations.... your one of the few doomsays that noticed what the Rays sold for oppening day..but don't worry as soon as the newspaper or some blog site post pictures of empty seats ( orioles on tue. night) they will be back.... actually I like watching the young kids playing for future jobs, I already know the old players and what they can do...spring games are fun to watch...where?


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