"I was just hoping I had a chance to get another at-bat, man," Beckham said to MLB.com. "I struck out twice tonight looking. I wasn't too happy about that. That's not what I like to do. Nobody likes to do it. But I definitely don't like to strike out looking. Just wanted to get another AB, and another opportunity to hit the ball hard. Hopefully some runners on base and get some RBIs."
Beckham was given the green light to swing on a 3-0 count and delivered.
"I didn't get it clean off the barrel, but I put a good swing on it," Beckham said. "He was throwing the ball pretty hard. Thought I had enough to get it out of here."
Beckham is hitting .275 with five RBI in 40 at-bats this season.
Beckham has five starts at second base and two at shortstop this season. He went 2 for 2 with two RBI and a home run after entering Friday's game as a pinch hitter.
The Rays are +102 money line underdogs against visiting Toronto.
"What I've seen the past two weeks is a player who is hungry, a player who understands the opportunity in front of him," Rays president of baseball operations Matt Silverman said. "I've seen a guy whose confidence is increasing every game. He's had some success, and I think that is making him a more confident and productive player."
Beckham got his chance when
"I'm not looking at how Franklin is doing, and I'm not worrying about what the front office is thinking," Beckham said. "As a player, I can only control what's in front of me. I'm trying to maximize my performance every day, and adding pressure by worrying about what other people are doing is not going to help me."
Kiermaier hit eighth in Thursday's win over the Blue Jays. Kiermaier, a left-handed hitter, has gotten off to a hot start against right-handed pitchers, batting .364 against them thus far. The Yankees are starting righty Adam Warren on the mound.
Evan Longoria, who was hit by a pitch in the left hip Thursday night, will be Tampa Bay's DH Friday with Logan Forsythe moving to third. That puts
Beckham didn't start and entered the game pinch hitting for Allan Dykstra. His homer came on a 0-2 pitch that he hit over the left field wall. The homer also scored Evan Longoria. This was Beckham's second homer of the season.
Beckham finished the game 1 for 2. He now has a slash line of .304/.320/.652 this season.
|CBSSports.com Player Ranking|
|4/28/2015 vs N.Y. Yankees|
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|vs Sanchez (Career)||0||0||0||0||0||0|
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|2010||AFA-Charlotte Stone Crab||123||465||68||119||23||5||5||57||62||119||22||14||.346||.359||.256|
|2014||AFA-Charlotte Stone Crab||3||12||2||2||0||0||0||0||1||4||0||0||.231||.167||.167|
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