ST. PETERSBURG -- Jeff Keppinger went 3-for-3 against Mariners left-hander Jason Vargas on Saturday night, improving his average against left-handers to .446 this season.
Andrew McCutchen of the Pirates (.459) is the only player in the Major Leagues with a higher average against left-handed pitchers.
Jason Bartlett holds the club record for success against left-handers in a season, hitting .379 in 2008.
Since coming off the disabled list on June 23, Keppinger is hitting .361 in 23 games; he was hitting .295 in 29 games before his stint on the disabled list. Overall, the second baseman is hitting .325.