Friday, April 20, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays' Dickerson still adjusting to DHing

ST. PETERSBURG — Corey Dickerson has looked comfortable enough at the plate to hit three home runs in the Rays' first six games.

But he's still getting adjusted to his primary role as the DH.

Dickerson, acquired for LHP Jake McGee from Colorado, had obviously limited experience in the DH role with the NL's Rockies: 10 games, .179 (7-for-39), two homers.

His biggest issue has been coming up with the best routine between at-bats, such as whether to stay on the bench, go to the batting cage or head up to the clubhouse.

He has been opting for the latter. But he is still deciding whether to watch on TV or detach/distract himself by stretching or listening to music or trying other assorted diversions (movies, puzzles) that he has heard others have used to keep their minds occupied so they don't beat themselves up mentally.

"I'm getting a little better at it, gradually getting there," Dickerson said. "I'm trying to get away from everything a little bit. But I like to watch the pitcher some."

In four games as the DH this season, Dickerson is 3-for-15 with two homers. In Sunday's start in leftfield, he was 2-for-3 with a home run. (And he is 0-for-1 as a pinch-hitter.)

CASH CORNER: Kevin Cash came to the Rays from the Indians, where he had been Terry Francona's bullpen coach and confidant for two seasons, making tonight's matchup particularly meaningful.

"It's always special when you're playing a team you've got a lot of respect for, a lot of admiration for," Cash said. "Not just for Tito, but a lot of people in that organization. And they came in last year and beat us up pretty good, so we want to do everything we can to kind of repay the favor."

TALL AT SHORT: New SS Brad Miller was 0-for-16 until doubling in his last at-bat Sunday, but Cash claimed little concern over the slow start. "I know he and (hitting coach Derek Shelton) have worked on a couple things to get his timing going," Cash said. "I really like the way he's handled the shortstop position. He hit the ball really well in spring training, a lot of hard contact. That's going to come. He just got off to a little bit of a slow start."

MISCELLANY: LHP Matt Moore takes the mound tonight as a better and more confident pitcher than when he faced the Indians on July 2 in his return from Tommy John elbow surgery. … The Rays will decide in the next few days whether to have RHP Erasmo Ramirez make a spot start Friday or Saturday or to make a callup, which probably would be RHP Matt Andriese. … For planning purposes, note that Thursday's 1:10 game, with RHP Chris Archer starting, is not being televised by Fox Sports Sun.

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