Joyce, Jaso, Pena... done deal. Nice follow-up to his grand slam last week.
Alex still waiting for 600. No one much caring. Too bad, dude. No more savior, just another roidoid. Personally, I think they ought to be allowed to take whatever drugs they want. If you don't want to, don't. But if you do, your would-be salary is either capped or reduced, vis-a-vis guys playing clean. Drugs would have to be stated and records would be asterisked. Hall of Fame would be dis-allowed. With enough rewards removed, everyone might choose to stay clean.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Rocco Baldelli is getting back on the playing field. The outfielder and the Tampa Bay Rays agreed to a minor league contract Monday, and he was assigned him to Class A Charlotte of the Florida State League.
The 28-year old rejoined the Rays as a special instructor during spring training. He had been taking batting practice and participating in drills before most Tampa Bay home games. Baldelli has been rehabbing an injured shoulder this year and has not appeared in a game. He missed the 2005 season and most of 2007 and 2008 due to injuries and a medical condition that sapped his energy.
An 8th-inning 2-out single from Pain Ya? To advance the runner? Wha?
Bottom of the 8th: Hideki Okajima starts the inning for the Red Sox. Carl Crawford lead-off Home Run (8) to right. Evan Longoria popped out to second. None on with one out. Willy Aybar walked. Runner on first with one out and Gabe Kapler due up. Matt Joyce pinch-running for Willy Aybar. Gabe Kapler fouled out to catcher. Runner on first with two outs and Carlos Pena due up. Carlos Pena singled to right. Runners on first and third with two outs and Sean Rodriguez due up. Substitution: Robert Manuel enters the game for the Red Sox with runners on first and third and two out. Sean Rodriguez struck out swinging to end the inning.
Sell Carlos for mega $ (if still possible... his bubble burst not unlike the housing market) and pay Carl Crawford two salaries & keep CC in TB.
In other news, no one else is mentioning that Upton got messed up when his brother & the Diamondbacks came to town & Mom & the whole family showed up. Whatever sibling rivalry or psychodrama goes along with being an Upton bubbled up from the unconscious & affected his play. He was great at the start of the season, his shoulder more healed this year, then began spiralling down after Justin signed his mega-bucks contract. That Sunday, while everyone was watching the brothers compete, BJ forgot to hustle. This is all psychological. Then the hammy? Yeah, okay, whatever. Zobie seems to be doing fine in center, though BJ at his best could have been another Granderson or Hunter. Stick a fork in, you're done. Gonna miss you, BJ!
Just checked the Rays' active roster and noticed Dioner Navarro is no longer on it. I feel bad, because he was terrific in 2008, hitting & catching & tossing guys at 2nd. Then he lost it. Jaso & Shoppach are a creditble pair... had Shoppach on my Dalians team last year & he did quite well for me. It's so nice not having to change the channel when the catcher bats.
Nice to be back in 2nd place -- need to kill more Sox today.
He walked the first three batters he faced in the first, allowed five
runs in four innings, and generally had NO command of his pitches.
Without the super defense in the outfield, he would have given up
10 runs or fill-in the ............... !
How is the weather in Durhan NC ? Garza will look good in a Bull
uniform with his Abe Lincoln "stash" !
The Ray played OK for first time in a month. Most phases of the teams play (hitting timely, relief pitching, and especially defense) was good.
GAME NOTE: Ray second baseman go hard right after a ground ball. He backhands ball, plants poorly, and throws wildly to first-SAFE! He should have toss ball to shortstop and shortstop fires to first - OUT. Where is my resume !
For the first time in team history, the Rays had two players elected by the fans to the All-Star Game -- Carl Crawford and Evan Longoria. In addition, David Price was selected through the players vote.