Jennings finding groove lower in Rays' order

Jennings finding groove lower in Rays' order

Jennings finding groove lower in Rays' order
ST. PETERSBURG -- A different spot in the lineup may be all outfielder Desmond Jennings needed to get back on track.

Since July 8, the speedy Jennings has been in the bottom third of the order, usually batting seventh and playing left field. In the stretch of seven games, he is batting .333 with a homer and seven RBIs.

Jennings struggled to get on base mightily when he was batting leadoff, hitting just .232 with an on-base percentage of .307.

The change also seems to be working for center fielder B.J. Upton, whose 2-for-4 performance in the leadoff spot on Tuesday helped pace the Rays to a 4-2 win over the Indians.

Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon has previously said he plans to put Jennings, who is a major threat on the base paths, back at near the top of the order later in the season.