In his first two games back from Triple-A Durham after B.J. Upton went on the disabled list, [Jonny] Gomes collected four hits, including a home run, and made three sterling defensive plays. That work earned him a third consecutive start in right field Saturday, and not coincidentally left Dukes on the bench for the fourth game in a row.
“Jon wants to play and Jon plays it right,” Rays manager Joe Maddon said. “If he’s going to keep doing that, we’ll keep running him out there.”
Gomes relishes the chance to play the full game and remains perplexed about why many believe he’s strictly DH material.
“In the minor leagues and even in Mexico I’ve played center field, then I come up here and people think I’m a handicap out there,” he said. “I can run around out there fine.”