Joe Maddon & Desmond Jennings
Joseph John Maddon (born February 8, 1954, in Hazleton, Pennsylvania) is the Major League Baseball manager for the Tampa Bay Rays. Desmond Delane Jennings (born October 30, 1986, in Birmingham, Alabama) is an outfielder for the Tampa Bay Rays. /5
Joe Maddon Desmond Jennings Matt Joyce Yunel Escobar Evan Longoria Oliver Perez Carlos Pena Kelly Johnson Luke Scott Wil Myers Ryan Roberts Sean Rodriguez Kansas City Texas Rangers Tampa Bay Chris Archer Jose Lobaton Leonys Martin Sam Fuld Delmon Young
Desmond Jennings comes through as Rays take wild-card lead... ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Desmond Jennings redeemed himself for an early defensive miscue with a game-winning hit in the 12th inning. Jennings' RBI single gave Tampa Bay a 4-3 victory over the Texas Rangers and the Rays took over the top spot in the AL wild-card race. "You know what? I want to believe this game has to give us some kind of impetus moving forward," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. Texas has a half-game lead over Cleveland, which lost at Kansas City, for the second wild card. The Rangers, who snapped a seven-game losing streak on Tuesday, are 3-13 in September. Jose Lobaton opened the 12th with a single off Joseph Ortiz (2-2) and pinch-runner Sam Fuld went to second on Yunel Escobar's bunt. Fuld then scored on Jennings' hit to right center. Leonys Martin put Texas up 2-0 with a two-run triple off Chris Archer in the second. Jennings misread the drive in center, first moving in and then couldn't get back in time as the ball went over hi ...
Below is a commentary/link from today's The Slurve about the Mariners... "[David] Schoenfield also awards the "tank” of the day to the Mariners. “Sunday's winner: Tough call, but let's give it to the Seattle Mariners for some questionable bullpen usage in the eighth inning. Leading 1-0 against the Rays, right-hander Yoervis Medina came on with Evan Longoria leading off, followed by four lefties. I get using Medina against Longoria as he's sort of established himself as Seattle's eighth-inning guy. Joe Maddon had stacked his lineup with left-handed batters, but had already used Delmon Young and Wil Myers off the bench in the seventh. With Luke Scott, James Loney, Matt Joyce and Kelly Johnson due up, didn't it make sense to bring in Oliver Perez at that point? Sean Rodriguez, Desmond Jennings and Yunel Escobar were on the bench, but I'd rather have Perez facing those guys than Medina against the lefties. Anyway, Scott walked (Jennings pinch-ran), Loney doubled in a run and Perez was finally brought in, ...
MLB: Rays spring training Seeds of offense take root By LAURA MYERS SunCoast Sports PORT CHARLOTTE — For a little bit of fun competition this spring, Tampa Bay established a “coach of the day” award, with the winning coach’s photo hung in the locker room for players and coaches to see (and sometimes draw mustaches on). It’s hard to imagine, with the Rays turning in pitching gem after pitching gem, the headshot of anyone but Jim Hickey hanging from the clubhouse bulletin board. So far, though, it is the hitting coaches who have won out — Derek Shelton twice, Jamie Nelson once. Halfway through spring training, Rays manager Joe Maddon has seen plenty of encouraging signs from his players at the plate, which he said is a result of focusing on the fundamentals of hitting. “We’ve always been preaching it; we do it every year,” Maddon said. “It’s like, when the student is ready, the teacher will appear.” The Rays struggled at the plate last season, with just one player, Jeff Keppinger fin ...
MLB: Rays spring training Robers thrives in return to basics By LAURA MYERS SunCoast Sports DUNEDIN — Ryan Roberts uses a short mantra to remind himself how to approach his chances at the plate. It’s not a new philosophy, but an old one that had gotten away from him for a while. “Basically for me it’s ‘Keep it simple, stupid,’” Roberts said. “Try to make solid contact.” The Tampa Bay infielder said he had been trying too hard at the plate, attempting to send the ball to one of the corners rather than back up the middle. This spring, he is going back to the basics. So far, it’s working. In four games, he is 4 for 8 at the plate with a walk, two doubles and a home run. He has five RBI and his OPS (on base-plus-slugging) is 1.625, which leads the Rays. He has also scored five runs, tied for tops on the team with Desmond Jennings. “He’s really been pounding it. He just looks really good right now,” manager Joe Maddon said. “This guy has had some really good success at the major lea ...
For the Rays game tonight.what can they say? Was there for the whole thing. They built a 4-0 lead early then it was taken away from them from not only from the defense stepping up, but also the lousy umpires. Here they are again once again just letting the Indians come back. With the score 4-3 and two on with two out, Rays had a chance to get out but with 0-2 count, the next pitch was called a ball which really was a strike. The next pitch after, base hit and the Indians tie it. Next here comes, Joe Maddon to talk with his pitcher but in reality, he is telling the umpire off and I do not blame him. He got ejected then afterwards, next batter for Cleveland gets a hit and Indians take the lead then went down hill after that. The umpires really need to get glasses. The only great thing tonight was seeing Luke Scott going 4 for 4 and Desmond Jennings going 3 for 4 at the plate. Got to win to win tomorrow to tie the series.
Desmond Jennings / Rays manager Joe Maddon said that Desmond Jennings will stay
Desmond Jennings / Rays manager Joe Maddon said Wednesday that Jennings will remain
Joe Maddon has moved Desmond Jennings back into the leadoff spot for today's game and has Carlos Pena batting 2nd. Matt Joyce hits cleanup
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