5/4/2014 6:01 P.M. ET
Maddon pleased with Jennings' power display
By Bill Chastain / MLB.com
NEW YORK -- Desmond Jennings entered Sunday's game against the Yankees riding a streak of three consecutive games in which he had homered.
Rays manager Joe Maddon is not surprised by Jennings' success.
"He's got big power," Maddon said. "And of course, in [Yankee Stadium], a lot of guys are rewarded by hitting the ball to [right field]."
Maddon was asked specifically what Jennings has been doing to allow his power to come through.
"I think he's working quality at-bats," Maddon said. "Every at-bat, he's into it, accepting his walks, not expanding his strike zone and just keeps getting better."
Maddon said that watching Jennings play right now "is really a pleasure."
"It's a real treat watching him," Maddon said. "This is kind of what we thought he could look like."
Bell DFA'd; Karns up then back down for Rays
NEW YORK -- The Rays recalled right-hander Nathan Karns from Triple-A Durham and designated right-hander Heath Bell for assignment prior to Sunday's 5-1 win over the Yankees.
Karns provided insurance for the Rays if starter Erik Bedard didn't go deep into the game. Bedard pitched six-plus innings and got the win. Karns did not pitch, and afterward he was returned to Durham.
Bell was acquired by the Rays in a trade with the D-backs and appeared in 13 games, posting a 1-1 mark with a 7.27 ERA. Maddon noted that Bell handled the news with class, adding that Bell's stint Saturday, when he allowed three runs in one inning, had nothing to do with the move.
Maddon was asked why the Rays chose to designate Bell and not Josh Lueke, who took the loss in Saturday's game and has struggled all season. Maddon allowed that there was a lot of back and forth in the discussion about how to proceed with the move that needed to be made, but in the end they went with keeping youth. Lueke is 29, Bell is 36.
"From a scouting perspective, we still see a really big upside with [Lueke]," Maddon said. "... At times, you have to be more patient with a more youthful player, and that's pretty much it. ... We still think if he gets everything together that we're going to be rewarded by that patience."
Archer content to work at The Trop on off-day
NEW YORK -- Chris Archer will start for the Rays on Tuesday night at Tropicana Field against the Orioles as the team begins a six-game homestand that also includes three games against the Indians.
Archer is a creature of habit and craves routine, so he was asked how he will approach Monday, which is an off-day prior to his next start.
"There won't be a game, but I'll still go to The Trop and do my normal routine," Archer said. "It helps because we have a couple of guys doing rehab, so at least a trainer is there. I don't like to bother them always to come in, because they need their day with their family for themselves."
Archer noted that he can go solo where getting his work in is concerned.
"I can throw against the wall and get the same thing accomplished," Archer said. "I've done that several times, too. So tomorrow, if we don't have a catcher, I'll just throw against the wall."
Archer said he doesn't have to "physically see the result."
"I have a pretty good imagination when it comes to baseball and visualizing myself," Archer said. "So just make sure my delivery is intact. That's the key. So I'll throw against the wall or throw to a catcher [Monday] at The Trop."
Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.