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Jaso walking the walk for Rays

Jaso walking the walk for Rays

NEW YORK -- John Jaso tied his career high with three walks during Wednesday night's game. He now has walked 59 times this season, setting a club record for most walks by a rookie. Akinori Iwamura held the previous mark at 57, which he set in 2007.

Walks are "a big part of his game," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "It just speaks to his plate discipline. I think he's going to hit for a higher average and you're going to see more productivity from him hitting the ball as he gets more experience.

"I think he has a really good line-drive approach. Right now to this point, he's just doing what he knows how to do, which is to work a good at-bat and accept his walks. And that's great. But I think as we go further down the line, this guy's going to drive in more runs. He has more power than you think. There's still room for growth where you see an even more accomplished hitter and not just somebody who's able to take a walk."