Meadows will sit Friday against Oakland, Neil Solondz of the Rays Radio Network reports.
Meadows sits after starting eight straight games. He's gone just 5-for-40 at the plate over his last 11 contests, though three of those five hits have cleared the fence. Manuel Margot will be the Rays' left fielder Friday, while Randy Arozarena serves as the designated hitter.
Meadows went 2-for-5 with two home runs and five RBI in Tuesday's win over the Angels.
Meadows' first RBI was rather unimpressive, as he plated a run with a groundout to shortstop in the fifth inning. The 26-year-old made much more noise later in the contest, however, drilling a solo homer in the seventh inning and a three-run shot in the eighth, both against reliever Ben Rowen. Meadows is up to seven homers and 17 RBI on the season, though he is batting just .216 through 123 plate appearances.
Meadows went 1-for-3 with a three-run homer and two runs scored in Sunday's 5-4 win over Houston.
Meadows tied the game up at 3-3 with his fifth-inning blast off Cristian Javier. He was later hit by a pitch and scored the winning run in the seventh. The 26-year-old lefty is up to five homers and 12 RBI in 93 at-bats.
Meadows is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Athletics, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.
Meadows is one of several of the Rays' lefty-hitting regulars that will head to the bench with southpaw Cole Irvin on the mound. Randy Arozarena will take over as the Rays' designated hitter, the position where Meadows has been picking up the majority of his starts of late.
Meadows isn't starting Saturday against the Blue Jays.
Meadows will get a breather after he went 6-for-12 with three extra-base hits, three runs and three RBI in the last three contests. Manuel Margot will start in left field Saturday, batting fifth.
Meadows went 2-for-3 with a double, two walks, an RBI and a run scored in Wednesday's 9-8 loss to the Royals.
Meadows didn't record his first hit of the night until the seventh inning after walking twice and striking out in his first three at-bats. The 25-year-old doubled home the speedy Brett Phillips to make it a 6-3 Rays lead and then got on base again with a base hit to lead off the ninth. Meadows has put together a nice two-game stretch in which he's slashing .625/.636/.1.250 with a home run, two doubles, three RBI and three runs scored as he seems to finally be starting to settle in at the plate.
Meadows went 3-for-5 with a home run, a double, two total RBI and two total runs in Tuesday's 14-7 victory over Tampa Bay.
Meadows drove home a run with a sacrifice fly in the second inning, then added the final tally to the high-scoring contest with a solo shot in the ninth. The 25-year-old entered the contest in a 4-for-31 slump over his past nine games, and the three-hit effort boosted his season average back over the Mendoza Line to .226. Meadows has hit four homers on the campaign, but two came in his first two games.
Meadows isn't in the lineup for Monday's game against the Royals, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Meadows had gone 0-for-10 with four walks, two runs and seven strikeouts across the last three games. Randy Arozarena will shift to left field Monday while Manuel Margot takes over in right field.
Meadows entered Saturday's game against the Yankees sporting a career-best .381 on-base percentage across his first 63 plate appearances.
The stellar figure is accompanied by a positively pedestrian .220 average, and as that contrast implies, walks have served as the primary vehicle for Meadows' constant presence on the bases thus far. The outfielder drew a season-high three free passes in Friday night's series-opening win over the Yankees and has failed to reach safely in only two of 14 games going into Saturday.
Meadows went 1-for-2 with a double and two walks in a win over the Rangers on Monday.
Filling in at designated hitter for the third time this season, Meadows reached safely for the sixth straight game while lacing his sixth extra-base hit. The 25-year-old has shown solid contact ability to open the season, as he boasts a 42.3 percent hard-hit rate, .433 wOBA and .343 ISO across his first 44 plate appearances.
Meadows went 1-for-4 with a walk and a solo home run in Saturday's 4-0 win over the Yankees.
He got things rolling for the Rays by taking Domingo German deep in the first inning. Meadows appears to have put a down 2020 behind him, going yard three times in eight games already after managing only four homers in 36 games last year.
Meadows went 3-for-4 with a double, a walk and two runs scored in Friday's 10-5 win against the Yankees.
Meadows was just 1-for-11 over his last three games but was able to boost his season batting average to .269 with his first multi-hit effort of the year. He scored during the third and fourth innings after a walk and a single.
Meadows is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Red Sox, Neil Solondz of the Rays Radio Network reports.
He went 3-for-16 with two home runs, six strikeouts and two walks through his first four games. Brandon Lowe moves to left field while Mike Brosseau gets the start at second base with southpaw Martin Perez on the hill for Boston.
Meadows went 1-for-3 with a walk and a solo home run in Friday's 5-4 win over the Marlins.
The 25-year-old broke open a scoreless tie in the sixth inning by launching a Richard Bleier pitch off the facing of the second deck in right field. Meadows is quickly putting his rough 2020 campaign behind him, going yard in consecutive games to begin the new season as he looks to return to the offensive heights he reached in 2019.
Meadows went 1-for-4 with a solo home run during Thursday's Opening Day win over the Marlins.
Meadows accounted for the first and only run of the game with a solo homer off Yimi Garcia in the eighth inning. Following a late debut in the 2020 season due to a positive COVID test, the 25-year-old outfielder struggled to piece together a respectable campaign. However, Meadows hit .291 with 33 home runs in 2019, and at just 25 years old, it's not hard to imagine him returning to that level.
Meadows slugged his third home run of Grapefruit League action, a solo shot, in Sunday's loss to the Twins.
Meadows' quest to put a nightmarish 2020 season behind him is off to an excellent start, with Sunday's round tripper his third in four games. The 25-year-old also has five RBI and four runs as part of a 4-for-8 tally at the plate this spring, and Adam Berry of MLB.com reports the home run traveled a projected 414 feet and had an exit velocity of 108.8 mph per Statcast.
Meadows went a combined 1-for-2 with a home run, two RBI, two walks and two runs over four plate appearances across the Rays' first two Grapefruit League games Sunday and Monday.
The 25-year-old came into spring training 10 to 15 pounds lighter than the end of last season, and the more svelte figure appears to be paying dividends at the plate early. Meadows slugged a career-high 33 home runs just two seasons ago before battling COVID-19 issues during the shortened 2020 campaign, and if early returns are any indication, he looks set to make good on his pledge of returning to a higher caliber of production in 2021.
Meadows reported to spring training having lost 10-15 pounds in his offseason training program and has caught the eye of manager Kevin Cash, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports. "I got after it pretty hard this offseason," Meadows said. "Just to kind of go back to that form, back to that feeling that I'm light on my feet and I'm quick. Go out there and show them that I can be quick on my routes, be quick on the bases, and it feels good to kind of get back to that form."
The list of misfortunes and maladies was long for Meadows in 2020 -- he battled COVID-19, a strained oblique and a significant lack of timing with his bat, leading to a forgettable .205/.296/.371 line across 152 plate appearances. The sub-standard numbers were in stark contrast to a 2019 campaign during which he'd slugged a career-best 33 home runs. The 25-year-old emphasizes that feeling athletic and light on his feet in the batter's box is instrumental to his success, and Cash notes he's already seen evidence of such in early batting practice sessions in the form of Meadows being able to reach certain pitches with greater ease than when he was slower and heavier last season.
Meadows is out of the lineup Sunday in Game 5 of the Rays' World Series matchup with the Dodgers, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
He'll take a seat for the second straight day with the Dodgers bringing another southpaw (Clayton Kershaw) to the hill. Hunter Renfroe will check into the lineup in place of Meadows, who is slashing .130/.167/.261 in the postseason.
Meadows will sit for Game 4 of the World Series against the Dodgers on Saturday, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
Meadows sat against southpaw Clayton Kershaw in Game 1 and will head to the bench again with another lefty (Julio Urias) on the mound for this one. Randy Arozarena will be the designated hitter Saturday, with Manuel Margot and Hunter Renfroe handling the outfielder corners.
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