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39 Kevin Kiermaier CF
Height/Weight: 6-1/215 | Birthdate: 4/22/1990 | Birthplace: Ft. Wayne, IN | Bats/Throws: L/R | Team: Tampa Bay | College: None | MLB Experience: 3 | Owned/Started%: 21/9 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Trio of ailing Rays in lineup for Friday clash in Baltimore


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/29/2015) A trio of ailing Rays are ready to roll Friday night in Baltimore. Outfielder Kevin Kiermaier (ankle), shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera (groin) and right fielder Steven Souza are all in the lineup.

Cabrera and Souza had missed the last three games while Kiermaier lost no time to his ailment.


Rays CF Kevin Kiermaier exits Wednesday's game after HBP


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/27/2015) Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier left Wednesday's game in the eighth inning. Kiermaier was hit by a pitch in his right ankle in the sixth and stayed in until being lifted for a defensive replacement to start the eighth. He was 0 for 2 before departing.

Kiermaier underwent X-rays on his ankle, with the results coming back negative. Kiermaier told the Tampa Tribune "It's all good. I'll be good to go." Kiermaier seems to be fine heading into Friday's contest in Baltimore.


Rays looking for more movement on the bases from Kevin Kiermaier


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/23/2015) Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier has just one stolen base in two attmepts this season. Kiermaier, who had five in 2014, is usually able to reach second base on what would be routine singles. Manager Kevin Cash is just happy with the decisions he's been making on the base paths, according to the Tampa Tribune.

"Obviously, as fast as he is, it kind of becomes glaring low, but in our eyes it's really not," Cash said. "He's made some really good decisions. He also forces hands when he turns what you'd call a single into a double numerous times. But coming into the season we want our guys to steal bases. We don’t want them to steal just to steal and get thrown out. That doesn't make sense."


Rays OF's Kevin Kiermaier, David DeJesus sit against lefty Friday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/22/2015) With the Rays facing a left-hander on Friday, manager Kevin Cash has loaded his lineup with right-handed swingers.

Outfielders Kevin Kiermaier and David DeJesus are being held out of the lineup against the A's. Kiermaier had started nine straight games for the Rays, but will take a seat on Friday, despite the fact he actually has a higher batting average against lefties (.267) than righties (.232).

DeJesus meanwhile has been on a tear lately. He's batting an even .400 (10 for 25) over his current seven-game hitting streak. But he's been heavily shielded against southpaws this season, having just three at-bats against left-handed pitching. 

Joey Butler will enter the lineup and bat fifth while playing left field. Brandon Guyer moves up to the leadoff spot and will play center field on Friday. 


Rays' Kevin Kiermaier out of lineup Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/11/2015) Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier is out of the starting lineup for the second time in three games Monday.

Kiermaier served as the team's leadoff hitter for much of last week, but was slotted eighth Sunday. The Rays are facing a third straight lefty Monday night, which explains while the lefty swinging Kiermaier has been featured less in recent days; his .681 OPS against southpaws is 122 points fewer than his mark against righties.

The Rays are favorites (-115) against the Yankees at home Monday.


Rays' Kevin Kiermaier out of lineup Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/9/2015) Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier is not in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Rangers.

Kiermaier has started 12 straight games in center field with Desmond Jennings on the disabled list, but he'll get a breather Saturday with the Rays facing a lefty. Brandon Guyer is drawing the start in center field and leading off.

The Ras are favorites (-135) against the Rangers Saturday.


Rays OF Kevin Kiermaier ends home run drought Thursday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/8/2015) Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier had an RBI groundout and solo home run during a 5-4 loss to the Rangers on Thursday. Kiermaier had his third home run Thursday, but it was his first since April 10. Two of his three home runs came in the first four games.

Kiermaier has been off to a slow start offensively in May. He is batting .167 (4 for 24) through seven May games, which has dropped his average from .306 to .267.


Kevin Kiermaier heating up at plate for Rays


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/4/2015) Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier is 8 for his last 24 (.333) over the last seven games. He has two of his seven RBI on the season over that stretch. 

The streak has lifted his batting average to .296. 


Rays outfielder Desmond Jennings out of the lineup again Tuesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/28/2015) Rays outfielder Desmond Jennings is out of the lineup once again Tuesday while dealing with a knee injury, the team announced per the Tampa Bay Times.

Jennings left Saturday's game with the injury and has been held out of the lineup ever since with Kevin Kiermaier drawing his third consecutive start in center. Jennings is hitting .222 with two RBI in 63 at-bats this season.


Rays' Desmond Jennings (knee) remains out of lineup Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/27/2015) Rays outfielder Desmond Jennings is not in the starting lineup for a second straight game Monday against the Yankees.

"I think he's feeling better," Rays manager Kevin Cash said, per MLB.com. "He's a big part of what we're doing, and we need to get him healthy and back in the lineup. We don't want to rush anything right now."

Jennings came out of Saturday's game with knee soreness and appears to still be dealing with the issue two days later. He said that his knee is "fine" and that he's not going on the disabled list but doesn't know when he'll play next, reports the Tampa Bay Times.

"It just started bothering me," Jennings said. "I'm trying to play as soon as possible. Just keep getting treatment and doing some stuff and go from there."

Kevin Kiermaier will receive a second straight start in center field. The Rays are underdogs (+130) against the Yankees in New York Monday.


Rays CF Kiermaier returns Wednesday against Boston


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/22/2015) Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier has overcome an illness and is back in the lineup for the Wednesday night game against Boston.

Kiermaier, who has not started a game since Friday, is on a 3-for-16 slide.


Rays OF Kiermaier absent from Tuesday lineup, but feeling fine


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/21/2015) Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier is out of the lineup Tuesday against Boston, but all is well. He is reporting that he's feeling "100 percent better," per the Tampa Bay Times, which is adding that he's likely to play in the game at some point.

Kiermaier had been considered questionable with an illness, but the left-handed batter is merely sitting against Red Sox southpaw Wade Miley. He is 3 for 11 against lefties this season.


Rays' Kevin Kiermaier (illness) remains out of lineup Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/19/2015) Rays center fiedler Kevin Kiermaier is out of the lineup for a second straight game Sunday against the Yankees.

Kiermaier missed Saturday due to illness and will not be in the starting lineup against a right-handed starter for the second time this season Sunday. With Kiermaier sidelined, Desmond Jennings slides back to center field Sunday, with Brandon Guyer manning left.

The Rays are home underdogs (+112) against the Yankees Sunday.


Rays' Kevin Kiermaier sits out Saturday due to illness


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/18/2015) Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier was not listed in the starting lineup for Saturday's contest against the Yankees because he's "a little under the weather," he told reporters, per the Tampa Bay Times.

Kiermaier batted leadoff for the fourth time this season on Friday. He is hitting .306/.342/.667 with five doubles, one triple, two home runs and four RBI through his first 38 plate appearances.


Rays' Kiermaier to lead off; Beckham, Wilson in lineup


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2015) Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier will bat leadoff in Friday's game against the Yankees, according to the Tampa Bay Tribune

Kiermaier hit eighth in Thursday's win over the Blue Jays. Kiermaier, a left-handed hitter, has gotten off to a hot start against right-handed pitchers, batting .364 against them thus far. The Yankees are starting righty Adam Warren on the mound. 

Evan Longoria, who was hit by a pitch in the left hip Thursday night, will be Tampa Bay's DH Friday with Logan Forsythe moving to third. That puts Tim Beckham in the lineup in the eight hole as he'll start at second base. 

Catcher Bobby Wilson is making his third start of the season and will bat ninth. 


Kevin Kiermaier becomes fourth different leadoff hitter for Rays


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/10/2015) With no designated hitters allowed in a National League park, Rays manager Kevin Cash opted to go with outfielder Kevin Kiermaier as his leadoff hitter Friday night against Miami, per the Tampa Tribune. Kiermaier will be Tampa Bay's fourth leadoff hitter in as many games (John Jaso, Brandon Guyer, David DeJesus). He is hitting .333 (3 for 9) with a double, a triple, a home run and two RBI through three games.

Rays OF Kevin Kiermaier triples, homers in 6-5 loss to Orioles


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/8/2015) Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier connected for a home run during Tuesday's 6-5 loss against the Orioles. He finished 2 for 4 with two runs and two RBI.

Kiermaier had a triple off Wei-Yin Chen leading off the third inning and a two-run homer off Kevin Gausman in the sixth inning. He now has nine career triples and 11 career home runs.

The 24-year-old outfielder is batting .429 (3 for 7) with three runs through two games.


Rays to use Opening Day lineup vs. Tigers on Saturday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/4/2015) Rays manager Kevin Cash told reporters that his lineup against the Tigers on Saturday, will be the same he uses on Opening Day, and against right-handed pitchers, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

The club will roll with John Jaso, Steven Souza, Asdrubal Cabrera, Evan Longoria, James Loney, Desmond Jennings, Logan Forsythe, Rene Rivera and Kevin Kiermaier.

Against left-handed pitchers, Cash told reporters he will use Brandon Guyer at the leadoff spot, Jennings and Loney will flip spots in the order, Forsythe will serve as a designated hitter and Tim Beckham will be at second base, per the Tampa Tribune.


Rays planning to only play Kevin Kiermaier in center field


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/11/2015) Rays manager Kevin Cash said Wednesday he plans to only play outfielder Kevin Kiermaier in center field this season, per the Tampa Bay Times. Desmond Jennings is expected to play in center field when Kiermaier isn't in the lineup.

“They had that outfield combination a couple years ago with B.J. (Upton) and (Carl) Crawford,” Cash said. “That was a pretty good tandem in the outfield. I think there’s probably some comparisons -- I don’t know if they’re fair -- that that’ll be quite the outfield to have cover a lot of ground out there.” 

Kiermaier started in center field and hit leadoff Wednesday against the Twins. However, it doesn't appear Cash wants to bat Kiermaier in the leadoff spot this season.

"Obviously he's fast," Cash said, per MLB.com. "He brings a lot. But I don't think in the leadoff role. ... He probably could develop into that and be a force. But I think right now we have some other guys we want to get into that spot. Not to say that he wouldn't [hit leadoff] on given days. But right now I don't think the plan is to pencil him into that leadoff spot."


Kevin Kiermaier ready to roll Wednesday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/27/2014) Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier has returned to the lineup for the Wednesday night game in Baltimore. He has been dealing with a neck issue.

Kiermaier was heating up before going down. A 6-for-9 stretch ended a 2-for-27 slump.


Kevin Kiermaier unable to return Tuesday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/26/2014) Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier was unable to return to the lineup Tuesday against the Orioles, as he continues to deal with a stiff neck. Kiermaier suffered the injury Sunday while sliding headfirst, but he told The Tampa Tribune he is feeling better Tuesday and will be available off the bench if needed. 

Kevin Kiermaier takes night off due to stiff neck


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/25/2014) Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier received a day of rest Monday against the Orioles after suffering a stiff neck as a result of headfirst slide into second base the previous day, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Keirmaier collided with Jose Reyes on Sunday. He has also dealt with a lower back injury earlier this month. He is hitting .275/.327/.482 with nine homers and 30 RBI over 251 at-bats.

Kevin Keirmaier back in lineup Tuesday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/12/2014) Rays outfielder Kevin Keirmaier is in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Rangers, after leaving the previous night with a lower back injury. He is batting ninth and starting in right field for the game.  

Kevin Kiermaier exits game with lower back issues


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/12/2014) Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier left Monday's game against the Rangers because of lower back tightness. Manager Joe Maddon told reporters he may be able to play on Tuesday, per the Tampa Bay Times. Kiermaier is hitting .284 with nine homers and 29 RBI in 215 at-bats.

Kevin Kiermaier slugs ninth home run in win Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/6/2014) Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier went 1 for 4 with a home run and three RBI in his team's 7-3 victory over the A's Wednesday.

Kiermaier brought home the first run of the game on a second-inning groundout then popped a two-run home run to right field in his next at-bat. It was just his second home run since the beginning of July, and he's managed just three hits in 21 at-bats this month. Kiermaier owns a .288/.341/.517 line with nine home runs and 28 RBI in 205 at-bats.