MLB Team Report - Tampa Bay Rays - INSIDE PITCH


ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- David DeJesus wasn't insulted when manager Joe Maddon dropped him to seventh in the batting order on Tuesday. An 0-for-24 slump doesn't allow much room for argument.

"I understand it. I'm hitting a buck-something," he said.

But a buck-something and going up on Tuesday, as the light-hitting left fielder went 3-for-4 and knocked in three runs in a 7-3 Rays win over the Minnesota Twins at Tropicana Field.

"I haven't had a hit in a couple of weeks -- literally," DeJesus said, smiling. "It'll happen. I just have to go out and do my best."

A career .277 hitter, DeJesus batted .260 with the Rays last season. He entered play on Tuesday at .119 and exited at .174.

Maddon offered DeJesus advice on how to better use his hands before the game, and DeJesus responded by giving his manager a hug in the eighth inning after collecting his third hit. He hadn't knocked in a run all season and had not produced more than one hit in a game since April 6.

"We were keeping sharp objects away from his near vicinity," Maddon joked. "He was scattered."

DeJesus thought his streak had continued to 0-for-25 in the first inning, but knew his liner would reach the wall once right fielder Chris Colabello turned his back to chase. The slide snapped, Maddon said, a walk will be the next sign DeJesus is truly finding his way. But at least Tuesday marked a start.

"That's something that could get him going," Maddon said.

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MLB Team Report - Tampa Bay Rays - NOTES, QUOTES


RECORD: 10-10

STREAK: Won one

NEXT: Twins (RHP Mike Pelfrey, 0-2, 7.98 ERA) vs. Rays (RHP Jake Odorizzi, 1-2, 5.63 ERA)

PLAYER NOTES:

--LHP Matt Moore underwent successful ligament replacement Tommy John surgery performed Tuesday by Rays medical director Dr. James Andrews in Pensacola. Moore is expected to return to the Rays clubhouse in a few days to begin a 12-to-15-month rehabilitation process.

--RHP Juan Carlos Oviedo joined the bullpen at long last, and manager Joe Maddon said the new addition will be "influential." Oviedo, then known by the first name of "Leo," recorded 92 saves over three seasons for the Marlins. He has not pitched in the majors since 2011 because of visa problems stemming from a false passport, a subsequent MLB ban for the offense, and recovery from Tommy John surgery.

--LF David DeJesus broke an 0-for-24 streak with a run-scoring single off RHP Kyle Gibson in the first inning on Tuesday. He finished 3-for-4 with three RBIs. He hadn't knocked in a run all season and had not produced more than one hit in a game since April 6.