Rays second baseman Tim Beckham smacked his sixth home run of the season during Monday's 9-2 win over the Astros. Beckham hit the three-run shot off Scott Kazmir in the first inning. The home run was his only hit in five at-bats during the game. Prior to Monday's win, Beckham was hitting .222 with two doubles and four RBI in his last 11 games (six starts).
Rays shortstop Tim Beckham hit a bases loaded, two-run single in the eighth inning to beat Baltimore on Friday. Beckham went 1 for 2 with a walk. He recorded his first RBI since May 22 and his first multi-RBI game since May 16.
The Rays have placed two hitters in unfamiliar positions Friday against Baltimore. Right fielder Steven Souza is leading off and shortstop Tim Beckham is batting fifth, both for the first time this season. Souza must pick it up for his move to be worth it. He has just four hits in his last 39 at-bats.
With Rays starting shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera on the disabled list due to a hamstring injury, manager Kevin Cash said Tim Beckham and Jake Elmore will split time at shortstop, according to the Tampa Bay Times. "There won't be a constant," Cash said. "We'll try to find what we view as the better matchup for each guy. They both do a lot of things well. "You look at Beck, he has the ability to hit the ball out of the ballpark and play good defense at short. You look at Jake as having the ability to be as consistent probably as anybody and be able to manufacture some things with a bunt, hit-and-run, stuff like that. "We're going to miss Cabby while he's down, but we like the two options going forward."
The Rays placed shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera on the 15-day disabled list with a right hamstring strain, the team announced on Sunday. Cabrera was forced to leave Saturday's game after injuring the hamstring while scoring a run. To replace Cabrera, the Rays recalled infielder Tim Beckham from Triple-A Durham. Beckham was hitting .297 in 10 games with the Bulls.