Souza is not in the lineup against the Orioles on Saturday. Souza heads to the bench after going 0-for-2 with three walks during Friday's series opener. Mallex Smith will draw the start in right field in his stead.
Souza is out of the starting nine against the Yankees on Thursday, Marc Topkin of The Tampa Bay Times reports. Souza retreats to the bench following a pair of starts in right field, including a 1-for-3 day at the plate with a double and a walk during Wednesday's loss. In his place, Mallex Smith gets the nod in right.
Souza is out of the lineup Sunday against the Orioles, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Mallex Smith will hit eighth and head to right field Sunday afternoon. Souza has had a tough time at the plate lately, as he's hit just .109 with a .416 OPS over 17 games since the start of September. His recent struggles have dropped his batting average from .249 to .236 in that time.
Souza went 1-for-2 with a solo home run, two walks, two stolen bases and two runs scored during Wednesday's win over the Cubs. Souza did some damage with the bat and on the basepaths against Jon Lester, and the outfielder is now up to an impressive 30 homers and 16 stolen bases. His .238/.345/.465 slash line is a little discouraging, but Souza has suited up for a career-high 141 games and has moved the fantasy needle with his counting statistics.
Souza is out of the lineup Sunday against the Red Sox. Since returning from a leg injury Sept. 12, Souza has been dismal at the plate. Over the four games since he's gone 0-for-15 and struck out eight times. With Souza out Sunday, Peter Bourjos will start in right field and hit second.
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