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2014 Avg.
.250
 
Career Avg.
.250
Name  Desmond Jennings
Born  10/30/1986
Height  6-2
Weight  200
Number  8
Position  CF
Bats  R
Throws  R
Cold4/16/2014 11:27:00 AM
Description: Rays center fielder Desmond Jennings has only four hits in 18 at-bats (.222) against Orioles starter Miguel Gonzalez, but three left the park.
Insight: Jennings will try to snap out of a 3-for-20 slump Wednesday against Baltimore.
 
Cold4/14/2014 9:54:00 AM
Description: Rays center fielder Desmond Jennings is just 2-for-18 (.111) versus Baltimore starter Wei-Yin Chen.
Insight: Jennings was off to a nice start beginning the season with a pair of multi-hit games, but is batting just .167 over the past 11 contests and should be avoided on Monday.
 
4/12/2014 10:44:00 AM
Description: Rays center fielder Desmond Jennings is hitless in seven at-bats against Cincinnati right-hander Alfredo Simon. Update: Jennings will sit in favor of just-brought-up Kevin Kiermaier.
Insight: Jennings is off to a nice start with an .837 OPS and leads the league in doubles.
 
4/12/2014 9:35:00 AM
Description: Rays center fielder Desmond Jennings is hitless in seven at-bats against Cincinnati right-hander Alfredo Simon.
Insight: Jennings is off to a nice start with an .837 OPS and leads the league in doubles.
 
4/9/2014 6:55:00 PM
Description: Rays center fielder Desmond Jennings went 2-for-4 with a homer, two RBI and two runs scored Wednesday at Kansas City.
Insight: Jennings had two hits in each of the first two games but went 4-for-26 over his last seven prior to Wednesday.
 
Hot4/3/2014 10:15:00 AM
Description: Rays center fielder Desmond Jennings is a .538 hitter versus Toronto's starter Brandon Morrow with four homers and a 2.186 OPS.
Insight: Jennings is off to a quick start with four hits (three doubles) in his first 10 at-bats. This is a highly favorable matchup.
 
Hot4/2/2014 10:46:00 AM
Description: Rays center fielder Desmond Jennings is a .500 hitter versus Toronto's starter Mark Buehrle (6-for-12).
Insight: He already has three doubles, two walks, a steal and just one strikeout. Jennings has been a bit of a disappointment the last two seasons, but is off to a quick start this season (.571) and has a favorable matchup on Wednesday.
 
Hot4/1/2014 10:54:00 PM
Description: Rays center fielder Desmond Jennings has logged two straight two-hit games to start the season.
Insight: He already has three doubles, two walks, a steal and just one strikeout. Jennings has been a bit of a disappointment the last two seasons, hitting .249 with an average of 14 homers, 50 RBI, 84 runs and 26 steals per season.
 
3/31/2014 2:07:00 PM
Description: Hitting the knuckleball has never come easy for Tampa Bay center fielder Desmond Jennings.
Insight: In 16 at bats versus R.A. Dickey, Jennings has just one hit to show for himself. Jennings (.252, 14 HR, 54 RBI) definitely has sleeper potential, just not against Dickey. Make sure he's on your bench today.
 
2/17/2014 9:28:00 PM
Description: Rays center fielder Desmond Jennings arrived to camp having put on 10-15 pounds of muscle, according to tampabay.com. "I get here every spring and I probably lose at least 10 pounds, so I feel I'll be around what I want to play with once the season starts," he said.
Insight: Jennings burst onto the scene with 10 homers and 20 steals in just 63 games in 2011, but he's followed that up with .246-13 HR-31 SB in 2012 and.252-14 HR-20 SB last season while playing less than 140 games in both years. However, the center fielder improved both his K and BB rates last season and increased his slugging percentage. Manager Joe Maddon hasn't decided if he'll stick with Jennings in the leadoff spot or drop him in the order this season.
 
10/5/2013 11:20:00 AM
Description: Tampa Bay center fielder Desmond Jennings has managed only one hit in 11 previous encounters with John Lackey.
Insight: Jennings was punched out twice in Friday's loss and overall, he's just a .240 career hitter against the Red Sox. Lackey has looked excellent since coming back from Tommy John surgery and he shouldn't have much trouble getting Jennings to swing and miss on Saturday.
 
10/4/2013 10:08:00 AM
Description: Rays outfielder Desmond Jennings is a career .360 hitter with a 1.025 OPS against Red Sox left-hander Jon Lester.
Insight: He's also stolen two bases without getting caught, though his hamstring isn't 100 percent and he likely won't try to run much in this series.
 
10/2/2013 6:23:00 PM
Description: Desmond Jennings is back in center field for Wednesday's Wild Card game versus Cleveland.
Insight: Jennings (hamstring) isn't close to 100 percent but in a win or go home situation, the Rays need their leadoff man in the lineup. The 26-year-old has never faced Indians righthander Danny Salazar (2-3, 3.12 ERA).
 
10/1/2013 10:48:00 PM
Description: Rays center fielder Desmond Jennings (hamstring) is expected to play Wednesday night in the Wild Card Game against the Cleveland Indians. SOURCE: MLB.com
Insight: Jennings started in Game 163 against the Rangers and went 1-for-3 with a walk after missing eight straight days. The outfielder was put in position to test the hamstring immediately, as he tried to stretch a broken-bat hit down the left-field line into a double on the first pitch of the game but was thrown out by Craig Gentry.
 
9/30/2013 7:12:00 PM
Description: In a surprise move, injured Rays outfielder Desmond Jennings is starting in center field Monday in a tiebreaker game against Texas.
Insight: He's leading off. Jennings (.252, 14 HR, 54 RBI) has been bothered by a sore hamstring for the better part of a week but with Tampa Bay's season on the line, he isn't holding anything back. ESPN's Pedro Gomez said David DeJesus would move to center field if Jennings is in too much pain to finish the game.
 
9/30/2013 9:36:00 AM
Description: Tampa Bay center fielder Desmond Jennings is likely reduced to being a pinch hitter in Monday's tiebreaker game as his hamstring injury is still preventing him from playing in the outfield, according to a Tampa Bay Times report.
Insight: Jennings (.252, 14 HR, 54 RBI, 81 runs, 20 SB) might have a chance to play Wednesday, should the Rays advance that far.
 
9/29/2013 1:18:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay center fielder Desmond Jennings is still out with a bum hamstring.
Insight: Jennings (.252, 14 HR, 54 RBI, 20 SB) could be available to pinch-hit like he was last night but it doesn't look like he's ready to resume playing the outfield. His health is a big question mark heading into the postseason, assuming the Rays even qualify for it.
 
9/27/2013 9:33:00 AM
Description: Rays center fielder Desmond Jennings had to leave Sunday's game against Baltimore because of a hamstring injury and has one pinch hit at bat since then.
Insight: We're still waiting for the guy who was supposed to be the "next" Carl Crawford. So far this season he's batting .252 with 14 HR, 54 RBI, 81 runs and 20 SB.
 
9/24/2013 11:43:00 AM
Description: Rays center fielder Desmond Jennings had to leave Sunday's game against Baltimore because of a leg injury and did not play in Monday's contest either.
Insight: Jennings suffered a mild hamstring injury and is listed as day-to-day. We're still waiting for the guy who was supposed to be the "next" Carl Crawford. So far he's batting .251 with 14 HR, 54 RBI, 81 runs and 20 SB.
 
9/23/2013 2:06:00 PM
Description: Rays center fielder Desmond Jennings had to leave Sunday's game against Baltimore because of a leg injury and is not in Monday's starting lineup.
Insight: Jennings suffered a mild hamstring injury and is listed as day-to-day. We're still waiting for the guy who was supposed to be the "next" Carl Crawford. So far he's batting .251 with 14 HR, 54 RBI, 81 runs and 20 SB.
 

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