Peralta has made 181 appearances during his Rays tenure (2011-13), which leads the AL.
In Peralta's time with the Rays, he has faced the opposition's Nos. 3-4-5 hitters more than any other spots in the order and has held them to a .179 average.
"I know that [manager] Joe [Maddon] likes to put me at the top of the lineup, especially if some lefty is coming up," Peralta said. "Sometimes I come in in the seventh inning, because they have some lefties at the top of the lineup. Sometimes it happens that way, when I come into the eighth inning and they're all there, but I'm kind of used to it now. I kind of like it."
Opponents' No. 3 hitters are batting .075 against Peralta during his Rays career (5-for-67), lowest in the Major Leagues over that span.
"I think that I have more focus when it's the top of the order," Peralta said, "and, I mean, it's worked so far, so I can't complain."
Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. Adam Berry is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.