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Rays journal: Jake Bauers proves he’s up to speed on bases

The Rays' Jake Bauers heads into second for a double during the first inning against the Astros on Wednesday, June 20, 2018. [Associated Press]
The Rays' Jake Bauers heads into second for a double during the first inning against the Astros on Wednesday, June 20, 2018. [Associated Press]
Published June 22, 2018|Updated June 22, 2018

ST. PETERSBURG – Rookie 1B Jake Bauers has impressed at the plate and in the field since his June 7 promotion.

Also, with his hustling on the bases.

"I knew he played hard; everybody said that at every level,'' manager Kevin Cash said. "I didn't realize he had the speed that he has. He's not slow. He's got kind of that sneaky speed. Turns some singles into doubles. Challenges outfielders. And he's smart enough on the bases that he can steal some bases.''

Bauers is hitting .250 through 14 games (12-for-48) with seven extra-base hits (matching the most of any Rays player through as many games) and 10 walks for an .838 OPS.

Roster shuffle coming

The Rays are expected to activate INF Daniel Robertson (hamstring) from the disabled list Friday and unless they find a trade for SS Adeiny Hechavarria, they will have a crowded infield. A pitcher seems likely to be shipped out to make room.

Stats of the day

.700-.295 Winning percentages for Rays vs. teams below .500 (21-9) and vs. teams at or above . 500 (13-31).

Miscellany

• CF Kevin Kiermaier is 0-for-9 in two games with no hard outs since coming back early from the DL after right thumb surgery, but Cash is not concerned: "He's fine; he'll get going.''

• A large crowd is expected Saturday, with a Devil Rays/Rays reversible jersey giveaway. Former Rays Mike DiFelice and Esteban Yan will be signing autographs at the 20th anniversary exhibit; former Yankee Bucky Dent at the Ted Williams Museum for a $20 charitable donation.

• The Ripken Foundation staged a youth clinic in Tampa on Thursday and will host kids at Friday's game, with advocate and country musician Matt Stillwell singing the national anthem.