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Desmond Jennings launches three homers versus Orioles

Apr 1, 2012, 7:15 PM EDT

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With no homers and one RBI, Desmond Jennings had suffered from a power outage this spring. That’s over with now, as he unloaded with three homers, the middle one a grand slam, in the Rays’ 8-5 win over the Orioles.

Jennings’ other two homers were solo blasts, giving him six RBI on the day. The first two homers came off Orioles import Wei-Yin Chen. He hit the third against Kevin Gregg.

“I felt good from the first at-bat,” Jennings said. “I felt like I was seeing the ball good and I was swinging at good pitches today. … I was swinging at pitches in the zone and hitting them on the barrel and I was getting to pitches inside. That’s a good sign for me. So hopefully I can keep that up.”

One of the game’s most exciting young players, Jennings hit 22 homers last year, including 10 in 247 at-bats after arriving in the majors. It was a big step up from the three he hit in 420 at-bats in 2010. He probably won’t top that total of 22 in his first full season with the Rays, but 15-18 seems like a reasonable expectation.

  1. randomdigits - Apr 1, 2012 at 7:45 PM

    He hit 3, Longo hit 1, Hardy hit 2, Markakis hit 1 and Johnson hit 1.

    Did I leave any out?

    Yea the wind was blowing out.

  2. proudlycanadian - Apr 1, 2012 at 8:15 PM

    Got to love that Baltimore pitching staff. Visiting teams will enjoy hitting in Baltimore this season.

  3. gotampabay52 - Apr 1, 2012 at 10:02 PM

    That a boy

  4. btwicey - Apr 2, 2012 at 4:04 AM

    Love this kid

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