Scott searching for answer to struggles at plate

Scott searching for answer to struggles at plate

CLEVELAND -- After grounding out in his first at-bat on Thursday against the Indians, Luke Scott's hitless streak reached 37 at-bats dating back to June 1, which tied him with Jose Cruz Jr. for the club record. Cruz went 0-for-37 from April 16-May 1, 2004.

Scott was inserted into Thursday night's lineup at first base, the first time he had played in the field all season, a ploy Rays manager Joe Maddon believed might free up Scott's mind a little bit.

When asked about the assignment, Scott smiled.

"Why not?" he said. "I'm at the point where I'm just saying why not. Hopefully I can do something to help the team. ... We'll see how it goes tonight, give it a whirl."

Scott is frustrated to the point of where he said he's had sleepless nights and even shed a few tears about his plight.

"I've been chasing it, trying to eat soup with a fork type of frustration going on," Scott said. "I have peace knowing that I do everything I can every single day to put myself in a position to where I can grab a hold of it if it presents an opportunity, but it's been elusive."

Scott called this current stretch the toughest he's experienced in his career.

"It's a difficult thing, because I take it personal," Scott said. "It means a lot to me."