Keppinger might see time in No. 2 spot

Keppinger might see time in No. 2 spot

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Jeff Keppinger was in the No. 2 spot in the batting order on Thursday, and Rays manager Joe Maddon said he might use Keppinger in that role often this season.

Maddon praised Keppinger for his ability to put the ball in play, and said he would be invaluable with runners on base, especially with someone like Desmond Jennings as the leadoff hitter.

"You know he's going to move the baseball," Maddon said. "He's a contact guy. He's never really in trouble."

Keppinger has a career .281 average and .332 on-base percentage in seven big league seasons.