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2089763 2038-01-18 05:00:00.0 UTC 2038-01-18T00:00:00.000-05:00 2012-08-30 22:11:09.0 UTC 2012-08-30T18:11:09.000-04:00 content/first-base-now-be-shared-keppinger-scott-pena published 2012-09-29 04:40:00.0 UTC 2012-09-29T00:40:00.000-04:00 drupal 32682 UPDATE, 6:51: Pena said he still sees himself as the every day first baseman, but understands what Maddon is going and will handle it well. "Like 've always said, I trust Joe and I trust all his judgments and if there is one guy that believes in me with all of his heart it’s Joe Maddon, '' Pena said. "I want what's best for the team. '' BREAKING: First base is now a shared job for the Rays. Rays manager Joe Maddon said Friday he for now will split playing time at first between Luke Scott (who is there tonight and likely Friday), Jeff Keppinger (who has become somewhat of a regular against lefties) and Carlos Pena (who had been the every day starter). Though Maddon made a point of saying this did not mean Pena would not play, it clearly meant Pena would play less. Basically Maddon said he will make his decision daily based on who is pitching for the opposing team and who is pitching for the Rays - preferring to use Scott on days when they are starting their fly ball pitchers, Matt Moore and Jeremy Hellickson. "I'm going to utilize other people there and just try to spot him at the right time,'' Maddon said. "There's so many different combinations we have going on right now and I'm just going to try to match up the right guys at the right times. ... "I have a greater commitment to the organization and the other guys so at the end of the day when you have other guys that are performing pretty well and they can do the same things you've got to make some tough decisions.'' Thus, at least for now, a job share: "More than likely, at least in the near future,'' Maddon said. "But something may change right back to him. Jjust trying to find the right spots to pop him and see how it all works out.'' Marc Topkin rays First base now to be shared by Keppinger, Scott, Pena templatedata/tampabaytimes/BlogArticle/data/rays/2012/08/30/32682-first-base-now-be-shared-keppinger-scott-pena BlogArticle 2012-11-11 03:16:38.0 UTC 2012-11-10T22:16:38.000-05:00 UPDATE, 6:51: Pena said he still sees himself as the every day first baseman, but understands what Maddon is going and will handle it well.Marc Topkin 380332 2038-01-18 05:00:00.0 UTC 2038-01-18T00:00:00.000-05:00 2012-10-25 12:36:06.0 UTC 2012-10-25T08:36:06.000-04:00 marc-topkin published 2013-02-18 17:30:43.0 UTC 2013-02-18T12:30:43.000-05:00 Marc Topkin <p>Marc Topkin has covered baseball for the <i>Times</i> since 1987 &mdash; from the lengthy effort to secure a team, to the awarding of the Tampa Bay franchise in 1995, and through each of the Rays seasons starting in 1998. He has traveled throughout the United States with the team, as well as to Canada, Venezuela, Mexico and Japan, and has covered All-Star Games and the World Series, as well as Super Bowls and the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece.</p> Times Staff Writer writers DTI 33745506 Marc Topkin has covered baseball for the Times since 1987 — from the lengthy effort to secure a team, to the awarding of the Tampa Bay franchise in 1995, and through each of the Rays seasons starting in 1998. He has traveled throughout the United States with the team, as well as to Canada, Venezuela, Mexico and Japan, and has covered All-Star Games and the World Series, as well as Super Bowls and the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece. <p>Phone: (727) 893-8801</p> <p>Email: <a href="mailto:topkin@tampabay.com">topkin@tampabay.com</a></p> <p>Blog: <a href="http://blogs.tampabay.com/rays/">The Heater</a></p> <p>Twitter: @TBTimes_Rays</p> <div style="position: absolute; left: -40px; top: -25px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;" data-mce-bogus="1" class="mcePaste" id="_mcePaste"></div> 1 /resources/images/bio-photo/2012/topkin.jpg true templatedata/tampabaytimes/AuthorProfile/data/33745506-marc-topkin AuthorProfile 2012-10-25 12:36:06.0 UTC 2012-10-25T08:36:06.000-04:00 2287045 2016-07-27 17:50:40.0 UTC 1 Month Ago cash-on-rays-were-not-good-enough-right-now rays Cash on Rays: 'We're not good enough right now' BlogArticle 2264031 2016-02-04 02:39:20.0 UTC 7 Months Ago rays-smyly-argue-mlbs-first-arbitration-case rays Rays, Smyly argue MLB's first arbitration case BlogArticle 2270088 2016-03-20 18:28:38.0 UTC 5 Months Ago first-group-of-rays-arrive-in-havana-for-historic-trip rays First group of Rays arrive in Havana for historic trip BlogArticle <p>UPDATE, 6:51: Pena said he still sees himself as the every day first baseman, but understands what Maddon is going and will handle it well.</p> <p>&quot;Like 've always said, I trust Joe and I trust all his judgments and if there is one guy that believes in me with all of his heart it’s Joe Maddon,<br /> '' Pena said. &quot;I&nbsp;want what's best for the team. ''</p> <p>BREAKING:&nbsp;First base is now a shared job for the Rays.</p> <p>Rays manager Joe Maddon said Friday he for&nbsp;now will split playing time at first between Luke Scott (who&nbsp;is there tonight and likely Friday), Jeff Keppinger&nbsp;(who has become somewhat of&nbsp;a regular against lefties) and Carlos&nbsp;Pena (who&nbsp;had been the every day starter).</p> <p>Though&nbsp;Maddon&nbsp;made a point of saying this did not mean&nbsp;Pena would not play, it clearly meant Pena would play less.&nbsp;</p> <p>Basically Maddon said he will&nbsp;make his decision daily based on who is pitching for the opposing team and who is pitching for the Rays&nbsp;- preferring to use Scott on&nbsp;days when they&nbsp;are&nbsp;starting their fly ball pitchers, Matt Moore and Jeremy Hellickson.</p> <p>&quot;I'm going&nbsp;to utilize&nbsp;other people there and just try to spot him at the right time,'' Maddon said. &quot;There's&nbsp;so many different&nbsp;combinations we have going on right now and I'm&nbsp;just going to try to match up the right guys at the right times. ...&nbsp; &quot;I&nbsp;have a&nbsp;greater commitment to the organization and the other guys so at the end of the day when you&nbsp;have other guys that are performing pretty well and they can do the same things you've&nbsp;got to make some tough decisions.''</p> <p>Thus, at least for now, a job share:&nbsp; &quot;More than likely, at least in the near future,'' Maddon said. &quot;But something may change right back to him. Jjust trying to find the right spots to pop him and see how it all works out.''</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>trueruntime2016-08-30 05:36:30