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8 Desmond Jennings CF
Height/Weight: 6-2/200 | Birthdate: 10/30/1986 | Birthplace: Birmingham, AL | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Tampa Bay | College: Itawamba CC MS | MLB Experience: 5 | Salary: $501,800 | Owned/Started%: 87/63 | Average Draft Position: 148.48
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Desmond Jennings goes yard in staying hot against Tigers


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/7/2014) Rays center fielder and leadoff hitter Desmond Jennings has been torrid for a week, but he did something Sunday night he had not done during that stretch. He slugged a home run.

His two-run blast in the sixth inning gave Tampa Bay a 7-1 lead. He also doubled and scored in the first to kick off the rout and singled. Jennings is 12 for 28 in his six-game hitting streak with seven runs scored.


Desmond Jennings homers, but OBP bottoms out


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/28/2014) Rays outfielder Desmond Jennings not only broke from a mini-slump Saturday in Baltimore, but he also slugged his second homer since May 27.

Jennings blasted a solo shot leading off the game that gave his team the lead to stay. But his on-base percentage of .319 is at its lowest point of the season.


Desmond Jennings grabbing some pine Wednesday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/18/2014) Rays center fielder Desmond Jennings is catching a break for the Wednesday game against Baltimore.

Jennings has played in 67 of 72 games for Tampa Bay this year and has been on a roll. He has nine hits in his last seven games.


Desmond Jennings smacks biggest hit in Tampa Bay win


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/11/2014) Rays leadoff hitter Desmond Jennings gave his team the lead to stay Wednesday night in a defeat of St. Louis.

Jennings keyed a four-run fourth inning with a two-run single to turn a 3-2 deficit to a 4-3 lead. He added another single from the leadoff spot to sweeten his stat line on the season to .239/.331/.374.


Desmond Jennings smacks fifth home run Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/26/2014) Rays outfielder Desmond Jennings went 2 for 4 with a walk, a home run and two RBI in his team's 10-5 loss to the Blue Jays Monday.

Jennings delivered his third multi-hit effort in his last five games, and his two-run homer in the fifth inning was his first since rattling off home runs on three straight days in the first week of May. He has hit .243/.335/.395 with five home runs, 13 RBI and 11 stolen bases in 177 at-bats.


Desmond Jennings activated from bereavement list


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5/20/2014) Rays outfielder Desmond Jennings was activated from the bereavement list Tuesday.

Jennings was dealing with a personal matter, and wound up missing three days. He is back in the team's starting lineup, and will hit second. 


Desmond Jennings placed on bereavement list


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/17/2014) Rays outfielder Desmond Jennings was placed on the bereavement list following a 3-0 win over the Angel in Anaheim on Friday, the Tampa Bay Times reports. Jennings will be away from the team due to a personal matter.

Jennings reached base twice and finished 1 for 4 with a walk, a single and a run scored on Friday. He is hitting .242 with four homers and 10 RBI in 149 at-bats.

Precautionary X-rays come back negative for Desmond Jennings


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/11/2014) Rays outfielder Desmond Jennings underwent precautionary X-rays on his hand after Sunday's 6-5 loss to the Indians, which came back negative, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

Jennings was hit by a pitch on the top of his left hand in the eighth inning but remained in the game. He is expected to be in the lineup Monday against Seattle. Jennings owns a .264/.360/.442 slash line with four homers and 10 RBI in 129 at-bats.

Desmond Jennings benched for Friday game


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/9/2014) Rays center fielder Desmond Jennings will sit against Cleveland on Friday. He has been replaced in the lineup by Brandon Guyer.

Jennings is in a mini-slump. He has just one hit in his last 16 at-bats. His average has fallen to .266, its lowest point since April 18.


Manager not surprised by Desmond Jennings' power outburst


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/4/2014) Rays outfielder Desmond Jennings entered Sunday's game against the Yankees with a home run in three straight games. Manager Joe Maddon is not surprised by Jennings' power outburst.

"He's got big power," Maddon said, per MLB.com. "And of course, in [Yankee Stadium], a lot of guys are rewarded by hitting the ball to [right field]."

Jennings is batting .306 with a .516 slugging percentager, .905 OPS, one triple, two doubles, three home runs, six RBI, eight walks, 10 runs and five stolen bases in his last 16 games.

"I think he's working quality at-bats," Maddon said. "Every at-bat, he's into it, accepting his walks, not expanding his strike zone and just keeps getting better. It's a real treat watching him. This is kind of what we thought he could look like."


Desmond Jennings slugs second homer in doubleheader


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/2/2014) Rays outfielder Desmond Jennings ended a 15-game homerless streak Thursday, in a 6-5 win over the Red Sox.

Jennings hit his second home run of the season in the second half of the team's doubleheader against the Red Sox, after going 1 for 4 with a double in the first half. He clubbed a solo home run to left field in the third inning of the second game, and finished 2 for 5 with one run scored and one driven in.

Jennings has just two home runs on the season, but has been productive otherwise. He is hitting .284/.378/.453 with 11 extra-base hits and 14 runs scored in 27 games. 


Desmond Jennings steals two bases in three-hit game vs. Twins


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/24/2014) Rays outfielder Desmond Jennings went 3 for 5 with a walk, two runs and two stolen bases in his team's 6-4 loss to the Twins Wednesday.

Jennings has been hot against the Twins this series, going 5 for 10 in two games to push his season batting average over .300. He has hit .302/.413/.444 with one home run, five RBI and three stolen bases in 63 at-bats.


Desmond Jennings returns to lineup Tuesday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/22/2014) Rays outfielder Desmond Jennings returned to the starting lineup Tuesday against the Twins after missing three starts due to a groin injury. Jennings is batting .222 (6 for 27) with one double, one home run and three RBI in his last 10 games (eight starts).

Desmond Jennings sitting Sunday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4/20/2014) Rays outfielder Desmond Jennings was not in the starting lineup Sunday.

Jennings is dealing with a groin injury, and is expected to be out until Tuesday. Brandon Guyer will start in center while Jennings is out. Jennings is hitting .264 in 53 at-bats.


Desmond Jennings dealing with groin injury, may return Tuesday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/19/2014) Rays outfielder Desmond Jennings is nursing a groin injury, which may keep him sidelined until Tuesday against the Minnesota, the Tampa Bay Times reports Saturday. Jennings will be limited to pinch-hitting Saturday and Sunday while he recovers from the injury.

Jennings is hitting .264 with one home run and five RBI in 53 at-bats to start the season.

Wil Myers, Desmond Jennings not in lineup Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/12/2014) Rays outfielders Wil Myers and Desmond Jennings are out of the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Reds.

The Rays have one less lineup spot than usual with the team's weekend series in Cincinnati against a National League club, and normal designated hitter Matt Joyce, a strong bat against right-handers, has been moved to right field for the team's game against righty Alfredo Simon. Jennings, a career .243/.320/.402 hitter against righties, has been replaced by lefty-swinging Kevin Kiermaier.


Desmond Jennings highlights meager Rays attack


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/9/2014) Desmond Jennings was pretty much the entire offense for the Rays in Kansas City on Wednesday. The outfielder smashed a solo home run in the fourth inning off Jeremy Guthrie and added an RBI double in the ninth to raise his batting average to .270.

Desmond Jennings stays hot Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/1/2014) One day after going 2 for 4 with a double and two runs in Monday's opener, Rays outfielder Desmond Jennings went 2 for 3 with two doubles, one RBI, one walk and one stolen base in Tuesday's 4-2 loss to the Blue Jays.

Jennings is already looking good in his attempt to improve upon last year's .252/.334/.414 line. He performed well this spring, hitting .386/.438/.568 in 44 at-bats.


Rays announce opening day lineup


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/30/2014) Rays left fielder David DeJesus will be the team's leadoff hitter for Monday's season opener against the Blue Jays. He will be followed by right fielder Wil Myers, second baseman Ben Zobrist, third baseman Evan Longoria, first baseman James Loney, center fielder Desmond Jennings, DH Matt Joyce, catcher Jose Molina and shortstop Yunel Escobar.

Rays likely to switch around leadoff hitters in 2014


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3/21/2014) Joe Maddon is leaning toward using Desmond Jennings as the Rays leadoff hitter and against left-handers and fellow outfielder David DeJesus against righties, the Tampa Bay Times has reported.

Jennings owns a career batting average of .272 against southpaws and .241 against right-handers. His on-base percentage and slugging percentage are significantly higher against left-handed pitching. DeJesus owns a .447 career slugging percentage against right-handers and .342 against lefties.


Desmond Jennings boosts spring average above .300


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/13/2014) Rays outfielder Desmond Jennings had his first two-hit game of the spring Wednesday against the Blue Jays. Jennings also drove in a run.

Jennings has hit safely in five straight games, increasing his batting average from .167 to .350 in that span. He also has a .550 slugging percentage, .931 OPS, one double, one home run, five RBI, two runs and two stolen bases in eight spring games.


Desmond Jennings will hit 'wherever' the team needs him


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/17/2014) Rays manager Joe Maddon said he would like to see outfielder Desmond Jennings return to the leadoff spot, even though Jennings appears to be more comfortable hitting lower in the lineup. Jennings said he isn't concerned where he bats in the lineup.

"If [the leadoff spot is] where I need to be to help us win games, wherever," he said, per MLB.com. "If it's first, if it's sixth, wherever I need to be. Whatever the best spot is for me to help the team win, I'm all in."


Desmond Jennings drives in two in Wild Card win


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/3/2013) Rays center fielder Desmond Jennings went 2 for 3 in Wednesday's 4-0 Wild Card win over the Indians, hitting a two-run double in the fourth inning to stake his team to a 3-0 lead.

Jennings added a single in the seventh inning before being lifted for a pinch runner. He also played seven innings in Monday's tiebreaker win despite dealing with a hamstring injury at the end of the regular season.

In his last postseason chance in 2011, Jennings went 5 for 15 with three walks and two solo home runs in four games. He'll look to keep delivering key hits when the Rays begin the American League Division Series Friday in Boston against the Red Sox.


Desmond Jennings batting sixth in Wild Card game


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/2/2013) Rays outfielder Desmond Jennings is batting sixth in the team's starting lineup for Wednesday's Wild Card game against the Indians.

Jennings battled hamstring issues late in the year, making just two pinch-hit appearances and no starts from Sept. 22 through Sept. 29, but he was able to play seven innings in the team's tiebreaker game on Monday. He started 90 games atop the team's lineup this season and a total of 31 games in the sixth spot or later.


Hamstring doesn't stop Desmond Jennings, Rays


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(9/30/2013) Rays outfielder and leadoff batter Desmond Jennings took the field for Monday's one-game playoff in Texas to see which team would get to play Cleveland for the wild card game.

Jennings returned from a hamstring injury and said he could play through the pain in such a big game.

Jennings played through that pain and the Rays won, 5-2, sending them to Cleveland. The leadoff batter went 1 for 3 with a walk and a run scored in the win. His regular season finishes with a .252 batting average.