Maile and Bobby Wilson have been in a fairly even timeshare over the last few weeks, which has mostly limited the utility of both backstops to AL-only formats. After initially struggling to provide much offense when he was called up to the big leagues in July, Maile has heated up of late. In his last 41 plate appearances, Maile has produced a .368/.385/.684 slash line to go with three homers, nine RBI and eight runs.
The 25-year-old continues to generate some encouraging production out of the bottom of the order and has now hit safely in the last five games in which he's registered an at-bat. He's also blasted a pair of doubles and driven in four runs over that span, bringing his season line to .256./.291/.427. Maile second-half audition this season could lead to an expanded role in 2017 if he keeps up his current pace.
Maile's game-tying homer knotted the game at 3-3 in the seventh and chased Boston start Drew Pomeranz. It was the young catcher's second career home run in 113 at-bats, and raised his batting average to .256 on the season. Maile slugged just .367 over his minor league career, so don't expect much more than the limited power he's shown moving forward.
Maile went 3-for-4 with a bases clearing double, four RBI overall and a run in Tuesday's 15-1 thrashing of the Padres.
The backup catcher opened the scoring on what would be a momentous day for the Rays offense with a second-inning two-bagger that plated Matt Duffy, Logan Morrison and Steven Souza, Jr.. He followed it up in the third with an RBI single that brought in Morrison, extending the lead to 6-0 at the time. Maile impressively did all of his damage out of the nine-hole, with the effort representing his second multi-hit outing over his last four starts and third overall on the season.
Maile will start at catcher and bat ninth in the order Sunday against the Yankees, MLB.com's Bill Chastain reports.
The last-place Rays have used the second half of the season to give Maile his first extended chance at regular at-bats in the majors, as he'll be making his fifth start behind the plate in six games. The early returns haven't been overly promising -- Maile is slashing just .194/.242/.258 across 34 plate appearances since his July 15 promotion to the big leagues -- but because former No. 1 catcher Curt Casali hadn't failed much better in a much larger sample of at-bats earlier this season, Maile will now get an opportunity to showcase his skills. He should remain off the radar outside of AL-only leagues until he begins to experience more success at the plate.
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