Gimenez gives Rays' catching corps a boost

Gimenez gives Rays' catching corps a boost

NEW YORK -- The Rays' catchers have not exactly been the backbone of the club's offense this season -- entering Saturday, the unit accounted for just eight home runs and 50 RBIs -- but a September callup has given the team a late boost at the position.

Chris Gimenez, who had two doubles in Friday night's 6-4 win over the Yankees after recording just one extra-base hit all season, has caught the attention of manager Joe Maddon and figures to be in the lineup a bit more, particularly against left-handed pitchers.

"If you look at what he did against left-handers, particularly at Triple-A this year, that was what really stood out," Maddon said. "And he's hit the lefties well since he's been back. I guess it could be a little bit above and beyond, but he did do well in Triple-A."

Gimenez hit .310 with 10 homers and 39 RBIs in 71 games with Triple-A Durham and is hitting .340 with four RBIs against lefties in the big leagues this season. He's batting just .086 against righties.

Gimenez came through on Friday, doubling off lefties CC Sabathia and Clay Rapada.

"I felt good," Gimenez said. "I'll take it any way I can get it. It's nice just to feel it on the barrel and let them know you can still do that every once in a while."