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B.J. getting attention and not in a good way

Upton It has been a rough few weeks for Rays centerfielder B.J. Upton. First, he has had trouble keeping his batting average above.225 and then came the dugout run-in with teammate Evan Longoria after Upton loafed after a ball in the gap. On Monday night, Upton was held out of the starting lineup for the first game of a key series against the Red Sox and responded by telling Times baseball writer Marc Topkin, "I thought I was an everyday player. I don't know if I'm subject to matchups now or not.'' Anyway, now comes a piece by Sports Illustrated'sTom Verducci. Click here to read Verducci's take on Upton, but here's part of what he writes:

Upton turns 26 next month and has played in almost 600 major league games, and yet he is such a mess mechanically that he has regressed as a hitter. He is chasing more pitches out of the zone and swinging and missing more than ever before in his career.

[Last modified: Thursday, July 8, 2010 3:17pm]


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