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March 22, 2017 02:04 PM
David DeJesus: Playing days over
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

DeJesus officially announced his retirement from professional baseball Wednesday on his personal Twitter account.

The 37-year-old DeJesus, who sat out the 2016 season after failing to attract many intriguing offers in free agency, will finish his career with a respectable .275/.349/.412 slash line across parts of 13 seasons. He'll now transition to a broadcasting career, covering the Cubs for CSN Chicago.

November 6, 2015 03:01 PM
David DeJesus: Option declined
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

DeJesus had his club option declined Friday.

The move doesn't come as much of a surprise, as DeJesus struggled mightily after joining the Angels in a midseason trade, slashing just .125/.183/.143 in 56 at bats. He'll turn 36 over the offseason and has struggled to hit even .250 for the past few seasons, but he could find a spot as an extra outfielder somewhere in free agency.

August 1, 2015 02:50 PM
New Angels' acquisitions give Kole Calhoun a day off
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com

Angels right fielder Kole Calhoun isn't in the starting lineup for Saturday's game. It's just the fifth time this year that Calhoun hasn't started.

Newly acquired Shane Victorino and David DeJesus start in right and left field respectively. 

DeJesus becomes the 10th Angel to start in left this season. 

July 28, 2015 08:00 PM
Angels acquire OF David DeJesus from Rays
by Jason Lempert | CBS Sports Staff

The Angels announced they have acquired outfielder David DeJesus from the Rays on Tuesday. DeJesus has had a solid year so far in 2015, batting .259 with a .323 on-base percentage.

The Angels have successfully re-tooled their outfield, acquiring DeJesus, David Murphy and Shane Victorino in less than 24 hours. 

In return, the Rays are receiving minor-league pitcher Eduar Lopez. The right-hander made eight starts with the Angels' rookie league team this season. He went 2-2 with a 4.32 ERA in 33 1/3 innings. 

July 27, 2015 03:10 PM
Rays OF David DeJesus slides into No. 2 spot
by Elliot Smith | CBSSports.com

As the Rays search for an offensive spark, their lineup is once again juggled for Monday's contest against the Tigers, with left-fielder David DeJesus hitting in the second spot of the lineup for just the fourth time this season. 

With normal two-hole hitters Steven Souza Jr. and Joey Butler both slumping, the Rays will turn to DeJesus, although he is hitting just .200 in July and .091 over his last seven games. 

He is, however, 2-for-3 career against Tigers starter Anibel Sanchez and 4-for-11 with a home run out of the two spot. 

July 15, 2015 07:39 AM
David DeJesus triples in Rays' win
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com

Rays left fielder David DeJesus went 2 for 3 in Sunday's win over Houston. 

DeJesus tripled for the second time this year, and first since June 18. He drove in a run for the second straight day. 

DeJesus is 5 for 14 with two multi-hit games in the last five. He's scored four runs over that span. 

July 10, 2015 09:52 AM
Rays' David DeJesus not in Thursday's lineup
by Sean D'Oliveira | CBS Sports Staff

Rays designated hitter David DeJesus was not in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Indians. He was replaced by Grady Sizemore, who will bat fourth.

DeJesus is hitting .069 with two RBI and no extra-base hits in his last eight games.

The Rays are the underdogs (+120) against the Indians on Thursday.

July 10, 2015 10:02 AM
Rays LF David DeJesus out Tuesday against knuckleballer
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

Rays left fielder David DeJesus generally just sits against lefties. But an exception has been made Tuesday with Blue Jays knuckleballer R.A. Dickey awaiting.

DeJesus is just 2-for-19 lifetime against Dickey without an extra-base hit.

He has also been in a slump throughout June. He is 9-for-44 this month.

July 10, 2015 10:13 AM
Rays outfielders David DeJesus, Kevin Kiermaier out vs. lefty
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

A matchup against White Sox left-hander John Danks has Rays outfielders Kevin Kiermaier and David DeJesus out of the lineup Friday night.

DeJesus has platooned all season - he has just three at-bats against southpaws. Kiermaier has received plenty of opportunties, but has just nine hits in 41 at-bats against lefties.

June 1, 2015 01:59 PM
Rays' David DeJesus clubs fifth home run Sunday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

Rays left fielder David DeJesus went 2 for 4 with a walk and a solo home run in his team's 9-5 win over the Orioles on Sunday.

DeJesus was part of an excellent offensive performance by the Rays that featured four players with multiple hits. His seventh-inning home run increased his team's lead to five runs before the Orioles got a pair of runs back with their own homer in the bottom half of the inning.

DeJesus has hit .333/.383/.504 with five home runs and 19 RBI in 123 at-bats.

June 1, 2015 02:07 PM
Rays' David DeJesus goes 2 for 2 in loss
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com

Rays left fielder David DeJesus went 2 for 2 in Saturday's loss to Oakland. He walked once and continued his hot hitting. 

DeJesus has two multi-hit games in the last three and four in his last seven. He lifted his average to .330. 

June 1, 2015 02:08 PM
Rays OF's Kevin Kiermaier, David DeJesus sit against lefty Friday
by Jason Lempert | CBS Sports Staff

With the Rays facing a left-hander on Friday, manager Kevin Cash has loaded his lineup with right-handed swingers.

Outfielders Kevin Kiermaier and David DeJesus are being held out of the lineup against the A's. Kiermaier had started nine straight games for the Rays, but will take a seat on Friday, despite the fact he actually has a higher batting average against lefties (.267) than righties (.232).

DeJesus meanwhile has been on a tear lately. He's batting an even .400 (10 for 25) over his current seven-game hitting streak. But he's been heavily shielded against southpaws this season, having just three at-bats against left-handed pitching. 

Joey Butler will enter the lineup and bat fifth while playing left field. Brandon Guyer moves up to the leadoff spot and will play center field on Friday. 

June 1, 2015 02:08 PM
Rays DH David DeJesus hits HR, double in win
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com

Rays designated hitter David DeJesus hit a solo home run in the seventh inning of Thursday night's 3-0 win over the Athletics. 

DeJesus went yard off of Jesse Chavez on the first pitch of the at-bat. For DeJesus, it's his fourth home run of the season. He finished the game 2 for 4 and also hit an RBI double.

"I'm feeling good," DeJesus said on his approach after the game, per MLB.com. "I'm just getting pitches and not trying to do too much with it."

DeJesus has now recorded a hit in seven consecutive games and has recorded 18 RBI for the year. 

He now holds a slash line of .324/.367/.500. 

June 1, 2015 02:14 PM
Rays to use James Loney as DH on Saturday
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

Rays manager Kevin Cash moved James Loney as a designated hitter for Saturday's contest against Minnesota.

Cash told reporters he planned to give his regular first baseman a DH day at some point over the weekend, and felt Saturday was the best day to do so, per the Tampa Bay Times. Logan Forsythe moved to first base, with David DeJesus in left field.

Loney is hitting .241 (19 for 79) with three doubles, two homers and seven RBI this season.

Tampa Bay is favored (-110) at Minnesota, per VegasInsider.com.

June 1, 2015 02:14 PM
Rays DH David DeJesus goes deep in defeat to Twins
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

The light-hitting Rays have gotten some heavy hitting from designated hitter David DeJesus lately. And Friday night proved no exception.

DeJesus slugged his third home run of the year and second since May 8. His solo blast in the second inning gave his team a 1-0 lead it eventually squandered in a defeat to Minnesota.

The 35-year-old DeJesus has hit safely in eight of his last nine starts. He is 12-for-31 during that stretch and has upped his batting average from .241 to .301.

June 1, 2015 02:21 PM
Rays get homers from DeJesus, Guyer in No. 5 spot Friday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

The Rays amassed a great deal of production from the No. 5 spot in the order Friday, with left fielder David DeJesus going 1 for 2 with a solo home run before being replaced by Brandon Guyer, who hit a pinch-hit three-run home run and added a single in his second at-bat.

The homers were the second of the season for both DeJesus and Guyer, who combined to drive in four runs in their team's 8-2 win over the Rangers. DeJesus has hit .300/.364/.429 in 70 at-bats, while Guyer has hit .283/.389/.483 in 60 at-bats.

June 1, 2015 02:26 PM
Rays LF David DeJesus has success against Red Sox Porcello
by Jason Lempert | CBS Sports Staff

David DeJesus will man left field and bat fifth for the second consecutive game for the Rays in Tuesday night's matchup with the Red Sox. DeJesus has a lifetime .364 batting average (8 for 22) against Boston's starter Rick Porcello, so Rays manager Kevin Cash will hope his left fielder can continue that success Tuesday.

On the season, DeJesus is batting .259 with a home run and 10 RBI. He snapped a five-game hitless streak by going 2 for 4 on Monday.

June 1, 2015 02:26 PM
Two-hit Monday ends drought for Rays DH David DeJesus
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

Two hits and two RBI might not seem like a huge deal, but it was Monday night for Rays designated hitter David DeJesus. Even a small sip of water is important to a guy wandering around the desert.

DeJesus was on quite a dry spell heading into play. He was hitless in his previous 16 at-bats and had not enjoyed a multi-hit game since April 18.

He was hot to start the year, but his slide knocked his average down from .417 to .241.

June 1, 2015 02:27 PM
Brandon Guyer out of Rays lineup on Monday
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com

Left fielder Brandon Guyer is not in the Rays' starting lineup for Monday's game. 

David DeJesus replaces Guyer in left field, his third start in left this season. He'll bat fifth in the order. 

Replacing DeJesus at designated hitter is Joey Butler, who starts his second straight game since getting called up over the weekend. Butler is hitting eighth in the order. 

June 1, 2015 02:29 PM
Desmond Jennings at DH for Rays, Brandon Guyer, Rene Rivera to bench
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com

Desmond Jennings returned to the Rays' lineup on Saturday, after missing five games with a sore knee. 

Jennings will play designated hitter, not left field. Regular DH David DeJesus moves to left field, sending Brandon Guyer to the bench. 

Catcher Rene Rivera is also out of the starting lineup as backup Bobby Wilson gets a day in the starting lineup. Wilson will make his seventh start of the year and bat ninth.