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Rays not worried about lack of off-days

Rays not worried about lack of off-days

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ST. PETERSBURG -- Monday was supposed to be an off-day for the Rays, but now it's the date for a makeup game with the Royals. That means the Rays will have just one off-day for the remainder of the regular season.

Given the number of off-days the team had in August (five), the general sentiment is that having days off is not necessarily a good thing.

"I don't know what our record is after off-days, but I feel like we don't play well after off-days," Desmond Jennings said.

For the record, the Rays' record on days following off-days is 2-10 this season.

"As much as your body needs off-days and breaks, once we get on a roll, I feel like an off-day kind of hurts us a little bit," Jennings said. "You need off-days. Your body needs them. Pitchers need them, position players need them. But you want to be in the lineup every day. It's going to be tough running out there every day, but it's something we've got to do."

Manager Joe Maddon allowed that having just one off-day for the remainder of the season is a bit of a challenge, but he added that he thought his team does better when such a challenge is presented.

"It's going to be up to us to rest guys at certain times, maybe a DH day or the appropriate day off," Maddon said. "Of course, when September comes, you're going to have the callups, a little bit more room to do different things with. But I don't know, like I've said, I thought we got the off-days at the right time. … So I'm not upset with the fact we have to through the rest of the way."

Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. Sam Strong is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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