Steve Pearce 1B/2B/LF TB 6 days ago

Pearce went 1-for-3 with a solo homer, walk and two runs scored in Friday's 7-5 victory over the Tigers.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Hitting cleanup once again, Pearce came through with his second homer in three games, while also driving in his fifth run over that span. The veteran utility man is enjoying a particularly strong May, slashing .341/.434/.795 over 44 at-bats during the month. His current .302 average also represents a 51-point improvement over his career .251 figure.

Steve Pearce 1B/2B/LF TB 1 week ago

Pearce is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Blue Jays.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Despite being a big factor in Tuesday's win over Toronto, Pearce will get the day off Wednesday with the Blue Jays turning to R.A Dickey on the mound. Tim Beckham will take Pearce's spot at second base Wednesday and bat ninth in the order against the knuckleballer.

Steve Pearce 1B/2B/LF TB 1 week ago

Pearce went 2-for-3 with a double, RBI, a run scored and two walks in Tuesday's 12-2 victory over the Blue Jays.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The veteran utility man hit out of the cleanup spot and manned second base, and continues to validate manager Kevin Cash's decision to work him into the lineup in non-platoon situations. Pearce has particularly taken off this month, during which he's now slashing .341/.429/.756 over 41 at-bats. He's tallied six multi-hit efforts in May, and has hit .571 (4-for-7) with a double, homer, four RBI, three walks and three runs scored in the first two games of the series against the Blue Jays.

Steve Pearce 1B/2B/LF TB 1 week ago

Pearce hit his sixth home run, scored twice and drove in three runs in a 2-for-4 game in Monday's win over the Blue Jays.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Pearce now has three multi-hit games over the past week and has hit three of his six home runs in that span. He's still stuck at four games played at second base but did record his second game played at third base when he moved to the position after Evan Longoria was pinch-hit for with the game out of hand at 13-2 in the eighth inning. Pearce's .288/.370/.538 batting line is high quality at any position, but if he had positional eligibility, his .908 OPS would rank third in the American League among second basemen, behind just Logan Forsythe and Robinson Cano.

Steve Pearce 1B/2B/LF TB 2 weeks ago

Pearce will start at second base and bat seventh in the order Sunday against the Athletics, freelance Tampa Bay writer Roger Mooney reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

It's the fifth straight game that Pearce will find himself in the lineup, including his third at second base. Pearce will likely be the Rays' primary option at the keystone after Logan Forsythe (shoulder) hit the DL on Saturday and is expected to miss more than the 15-day minimum.

Steve Pearce 1B/2B/LF TB 2 weeks ago

Pearce went 2-for-3 with two solo homers and a walk in Tuesday's 6-4 loss to the Mariners.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The veteran went deep against Wade Miley in both the second and fourth inning, giving him four homers in just 19 May at-bats. The 33-year-old has been deployed to perfection by manager Kevin Cash, seemingly producing almost every time he garners a start. Pearce is now slashing .368/.429/1.053 to date in May, and considering Logan Morrison's monumental struggles to date this season, could continue seeing playing time outside of strict platoon situations.

Steve Pearce 1B/2B/LF TB 3 weeks ago

Pearce is not in the lineup Saturday against the Angels, Bill Chastain of MLB.com reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Pearce started each of the last three games, but he'll be replaced at first base by Logan Morrison, who will hit sixth in the order against the Angels' Jered Weaver.

Steve Pearce 1B/2B/LF TB 3 weeks ago

Pearce went 2-for-4 with a double and a three-run homer against the Dodgers on Wednesday.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The long ball was a big one, snapping a 2-2 tie after a hit and a walk set the table for Pearce to open the sixth inning. As per usual, it came off a lefty in Dodgers starter Alex Wood. Pearce hit cleanup in this one, the seventh time this year he's appeared in that lineup slot, and his middle-of-the-order at-bats when the Rays face southpaws make him an attractive DFS play.

Steve Pearce 1B/2B/LF TB 3 weeks ago

Pearce went 2-for-4 with a solo homer in Tuesday's 10-5 loss to the Dodgers.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The veteran tagged former Rays stalwart Scott Kazmir with the bases empty in the fifth for his second homer in his last four starts. Pearce has proven to be a solid addition to the Tampa attack, and has now reached base safely in five straight contests. He's displayed solid plate discipline as well, whiffing only six times in 46 at-bats. Pearce's .283/.365/.435 line has manager Kevin Cash contemplating providing him with additional opportunties beyond strict platoon situations.

Steve Pearce 1B/2B/LF TB 1 month ago

Pearce may continue to see a rise in playing time outside of strict platoon situations, Joey Knight of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The veteran utility infielder has considerably outperformed Logan Morrison (4-for-50) at the plate. Pearce has played every position in the infield outside of shorstop, and his positional versatility and respectable offensive numbers (.263/.349/.368 over 38 at-bats) look likely to afford him additional playing time. The 33-year-old had been slotted for work against both handedness of pitchers since the beginning of the season, according to manager Kevin Cash. "Not making an excuse, but the off days kind of put a wrinkle in things, and then we had the rainout (April 9 in Baltimore)," Cash said. "Pearce is a big part of our lineup, Logan Morrison is a big part of our lineup ... it's on me to kind of balance that a little bit."