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Belnome called up to make Major League debut

Belnome called up to make Major League debut

DETROIT -- The Rays called up infielder Vince Belnome from Triple-A Durham. Belnome was with Tampa Bay for one game in April but did not make his Major League debut. Instead, that came Thursday in Detroit, where he batted sixth in the lineup.

Belmote went 0-for-3 in the 8-1 loss to the Tigers.

Belnome, who was batting .225 with the Bulls, hit between James Loney and Kevin Kiermaier in what manager Joe Maddon called "a Belnome sandwich." He was the designated hitter Thursday.

Maddon noted that, facing Max Scherzer, the team wanted to add another left-handed bat to the mix.

"When it comes to stuff like that, I really rely on the front office and our Minor League people and scouts," Maddon said before the game. "He's a guy who, since we've acquired him, there's been a lot of really good talk about him. I know at Spring Training he didn't show that necessarily as much as I had heard. Tough beginning, but I've heard it's been getting better."

In the corresponding roster move, the Rays optioned the contract of lefty Jeff Beliveau to Durham. He did not enter a game in his third stint with the big league club this season. Earlier in the year, Beliveau appeared in two games and pitched a scoreless inning in each.

Matt Slovin 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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