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Tampa Bay Rays Inside Pitch 2009-04-27


Tampa Bay Rays Inside Pitch 2009-04-27
The one thing the Rays agree on is that they're not hitting like they expected to.

But they don't seem to know why, and the only course of action seems to be to stay the course.

Manager Joe Maddon said he's not likely to tinker with the lineup.

"I'd have to have like really good reasons," Maddon said. "I don't think it's nearly at that point yet."

That could be debatable since leadoff man B.J. Upton is hitting .156, catcher Dioner Navarro .183 and designated hitter Pat Burrell .237 (with three extra-base hits). Plus, they're near the bottom of the league in team average (.256), runs (84) and on-base percentage (.336).

Maddon's plan, instead, is to be patient and wait/hope for things to improve.

"We're just not swinging the bats with any kind of consistency right now," Maddon said. "The work's been good. Everything's there, the preparation, they're watching video, they're talking, everything's good. It's just not happening. And that happens during the course of a baseball season. It's just happening to us right out of the chute.

"So for me, for us, just be persistent. And we'll be fine. I don't have any really brilliant reasons why it's happening. It just is."

A's 7, RAYS 1: Oakland's Dana Eveland became the latest pitcher to shut down the Rays' supposedly improved offense, holding them to four singles over five innings. Rays starter Andy Sonnanstine, meanwhile, didn't fool anybody, allowing seven runs on 10 hits and not getting out of the fifth.


Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: April 27, 2009

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