The bat's stopped hibernating, Grant Balfour closed the game with a seven-out save and Keven Kiermaier pulled an "Angels in the Outfield" esque catch:
It's as if Joe Maddon knew a few days ago that Kiermaier would be key to a victory:
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>I want to believe Kiermaier's play is going to be very contagious. You've got to play with your hair on fire just like he's doing right now.</p>— Joe Maddon (@RaysJoeMaddon) <a href="https://twitter.com/RaysJoeMaddon/statuses/475115365656444928">June 7, 2014</a></blockquote><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
If that's what it'll take to keep the offense awake and momentum going, maybe Joe's next attempt isn't a medicine man, but literally lighting the players hair on fire pregame? Just a thought...
Jeremy Hellickson will make his second rehab start today, for Durham in Indianapolis, and is set to throw four innings and 60 pitches. The plan is for Helly to make one more start then rejoin the Rays before the end of June.
- Maddonisms are rubbing off, as Matt Joyce took to tweeting inspirational quotes late night Tuesday (Dr. Seuss and Ralph Waldo Emerson), then snapped the offensive drought mid-game Wednesday. Maybe he's actually the solution? KEEP TWEETING JOYCE. We'll all pitch in and buy you a quote book if this means more runs.
- If you read anything today, take 10 minutes and head to The Hardball Times, where Jen Ramos shared her story of finding solace and an ability to cope with depression and anxiety courtesy of baseball.
- While at HT, also give Matt Swartz's first piece on the decline of African American players in the MLB a look.
- Rather than begin MVP talk much too early, Beyond the Box Score looked at who may be granted baseball's worst player nod to date this season. Happy to report Jose Molina is the only Rays player on the list.