Kiermaier went 1-for-3 with a sacrifice fly and a triple in a win over the Indians on Wednesday. Kiermaier enjoyed a successful return from a two-game absence due to illness, managing his eighth triple of the season with his knock off Carlos Carrasco. The 28-year-old has been wielding a red-hot bat in September after hitting just .192 in August. He's now 14-for-28 with seven extra-base hits (two doubles, two triples, three home runs) and eight RBI over his first eight games of the month. The surge has boosted Kiermaier's season average 29 points to .225, and his RBI total is already double what he compiled all of last month.
Kiermaier (illness) will start in center field and bat sixth against the Indians on Wednesday, Marc Topkin of The Tampa Bay Times reports. Kiermaier is back in the starting lineup after missing two games due to an illness. He is riding a seven-game hitting streak during which he's batting .520 with three home runs and seven RBI.
Kiermaier (illness) is out of the lineup for the second day in a row Tuesday against the Indians. Mallex Smith will again slide over to center field, opening a spot in right field for Jake Bauers' second straight start. It's unclear if Kiermaier's illness is serious enough for him to miss another game, but the Rays have an off day Thursday, so he could gain a full four days of rest if he ends up sitting Wednesday as well.
Kiermaier is not in the lineup Monday against the Indians due to an illness, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. This better explains Kiermaier's absence from Monday's lineup, as the outfielder is in the midst of a seven-game hit streak. He should be considered day-to-day. Tommy Pham, Mallex Smith and Jake Bauers are starting from left to right in the outfield in this one.
Kiermaier went 2-for-4 with a double in Sunday's win over Toronto. This was Kiermaier's fourth consecutive multi-hit game and his fifth in his last six games. The red-hot center fielder has raised his batting average 26 points this month after entering the month with a .196 clip on the season. His second-half speed slump continues as he has attempted just one steal on this hot streak, and it was unsuccessful. He has tried only six swipes in the second half of the season.