Pham went 0-for-2 with three walks and a run during a loss to the Yankees in the second game of a doubleheader Thursday. One game after striking out in all four at-bats, Pham went to the other end of the spectrum in terms of patience at the plate. The outfielder has been scuffling with the bat in July (.231 average), but he's sporting a productive .344 on-base percentage during the month anyhow as a result of drawing eight walks to go with 12 hits. The well-rounded veteran has swiped 10 bases and is carrying a solid .276/.378/.462 line across 410 plate appearances this season.
Pham is out of the lineup for the first game of Thursday's doubleheader with the Yankees, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports. Even though Wednesday's postponement effectively provided Pham with a day of rest, he'll still check out of the lineup for the first game of the twin bill before likely re-entering the starting nine for the nightcap. Pham is only batting .240 through 12 games in July, but he's at least chipped in two home runs, three steals, seven RBI and six runs.
Pham is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Yankees, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Pham, who is 6-for-25 (.240) with two home runs and two steals since the All-Star break, will take a seat on the bench for Wednesday's contest after starting the past 12 games. In his absence, Avisail Garcia is starting in the outfield while Nate Lowe fills in at designated hitter.
Pham went 2-for-5 with a double and a two-run home run during a win over the Orioles in the second game of a doubleheader Saturday. The slugging outfielder smacked his second home run over the last three days in the nightcap, his 15th time leaving the yard this season. Pham has been hitting well since just before the All-Star break, as he's now 9-for-21 with three doubles, two homers, five RBI, a walk and four runs over his last five contests.
Pham went 2-for-5 with a home run, two RBI and two runs in a 16-4 victory against the Orioles on Friday. The 31-year-old hit a solo home run in the second at-bat of the game, setting the tone for the night. The Rays scored seven runs in the first inning and two in the second. The homer was Pham's first of July, but he already has 14 this season, putting him on pace for his third straight 20-homer year. Pham is batting .283 with 31 extra-base hits, 40 RBI, 44 runs and eight steals in 329 at-bats this season.
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