Yesterday was a poor day for the Rays organization. The major league club lost, slipping back into a tie in the wild card (Texas owns the tiebreaker right now), and Durham lost the triple-A championship to the Omaha Storm Chasers, a Kansas City Royals affiliate. I'm not sure Royals fans are jumping for joy either, though, as their major league team coughed up a late lead to the Cleveland Indians. The Indians are now a half game behind the Rays, the Royals three and a half.
We missed this one, but The Process Report was on the beat. The Rays have purchased the contract of Freddy Guzman, and promoted him to the major league club. He will act as a pinch runner. This season, playing 99 games in the Mexican league, he has apparently stolen 73 bases and been caught stealing only nine times (FanGraphs).
If you haven't done so already, go fill out Tom Tango's fan scouting report! The Rays currently have only eleven entries, tied for 18th in the league with the Minnesota Twins. I think we have better, more savvy fans than that. Do you really want my crappy eyes representing nearly a tenth of all Rays fans?
Jeff Zimmerman examines home field advantage. Apparently home pitchers do dramatically better in the first inning than do their away counterparts.
The posting system for Japanese players is reportedly changing, according to David Lennon of Newsday. Players will have more choice of where to sign. Eno Sarris at FanGraphs discusses the ramifications of the change.
And finally, Keith Olbermann took Boston to task for their self-centered Mariano Rivera farewell ceremony. I'm not sure how I feel about farewell ceremonies in general, but ten minutes of Boston bashing is time well spent. By the way, I'm looking to buy a baseball souvenir for a friend. I'm thinking a home run ball off the bat of future hall of famer Wil Myers. Anyone got one?