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#pounditSunday, March 7, 2021

Rays use four-man outfield to try and stop Twins slugger Jorge Polanco

Jorge Polanco

The Tampa Bay Rays took extreme measures to try and slow down the hot-hitting Jorge Polanco.

Polanco doubled to each gap early in the Minnesota Twins’ 5-3 win over the Rays on Friday night. In between the doubles, he tried to bunt for a hit but was thrown out. After seeing Polanco double to each gap, the Rays tried a new strategy later in the game against him.

Tampa Bay went with four outfielders and just three infielders, putting one infielder on the left side of the field.

Polanco struck out in the at-bat, so something worked. He was intentionally walked in the ninth and finished the game 2-for-4 with three runs scored and an RBI.

On the season, the 25-year-old is batting .338 with 14 doubles, five triples and nine home runs this season.

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