Rays need Pena to get going offensively

Rays need Pena to get going offensively

ARLINGTON -- Carlos Pena is struggling offensively. The Rays first baseman entered Sunday's game hitting .169 with eight home runs and 33 RBIs, prompting one reporter to ask Maddon if he has considered giving Pena a couple of days off, which is what he recently did with B.J. Upton.

"We'll see, I've just been watching each at-bat," said Maddon, noting that Pena chased a pitch out of the strike zone for strike three in Saturday's game. "He normally doesn't do that. And that's what I'm looking for, if he's starting to do things that he normally doesn't do."

Maddon noted the team has Monday off, which will give him some time to think about Pena's situation.

"We'll talk about it on Tuesday," Maddon said. "But like with B.J., the defense is so important. It's hard to walk away from that."

Pena belted a solo homer off Matt Garza in the fourth inning Sunday.