Sunday, May 31, 2009

Look! A leadoff hit!

B.J. Upton is not in the starting lineup during this Sunday afternoon series finale between the Rays and the Twins. Rays manager Joe Maddon wanted to give Upton the day off which, when coupled with Monday's off day, will mean a two-day rest for Upton.

Ben Zobrist batted leadoff and singled in his first at-bat, proving that leadoff hitters are allowed to lead off with hits.

One at-bat doesn't mean a whole lot, except after one at-bat Zobrist's average as a leadoff hitter is 800 points higher than Upton, who raised his season average to .200 with a hit in four at-bats Saturday.

Maddon said Upton will bat leadoff Tuesday when the Rays and Royals open a three-game set.

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