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Daily Process: Rays Lose, Sonnanstine Demoted

Big post-game news, as Andy Sonnanstine goes to Durham in order to make room for Brandon Guyer. Nothing personal against Sonnanstine, but his talent level and usage rate left him as an outsider. One who rarely entered games, and rarely impacted them in a satisfactory manner once he did. What Sonnanstine did in 2007, and especially 2008 should never be forgotten, but his days as a legitimate big league starter are over, and sadly, he might not be too long for big league relief work either.

Derek Jeter will be the story of this game, not just for today, but for as long as this game is talked or read about. One day, people will probably recite Jeter’s day to their children or grandchildren, or those grandchildren will recite it to their children, whom for the purpose of this sentence are enthusiastic about the history of the Yankees. I took little joy in hit number 3,000—mostly because it hurt the Rays—but if Tim Beckham or Hak-Ju Lee can turn into half of good as a player as Jeter during his better years, then that would be a remarkable career. Good for Jeter and those whom he has meant so much to. Next time, though, please get your milestone hit against another team.

Some of Jeter’s damage came against David Price, who had one of his least efficient starts in recent memory. Price labored just to get through five innings, and was over 90 pitches exiting the fourth. There’s not much else to say, other than bad days happen, and for Price, this registers as a bad day.

Brandon Gomes made his first appearance since returning, and handled two right-handed batters effortlessly before running into some issues with Brett Gardner and Derek Jeter. Gomes still looks like a major league reliever, which is about as kind of a compliment you can give to a relief prospect.

Offensively, the Rays were led by Matt Joyce, who hit a solo home run in the second, and B.J. Upton, who blasted a two-run shot not too long thereafter. Otherwise, the offense was quiet throughout, until Johnny Damon tripled in the eighth, and had Ben Zobrist bring him in with a single.

Joe Girardi issued an intentional walk of Casey Kotchman. You may have won the game, Yankees fans, but that’s a stain no victory can remove.

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