News

Tampa Bay Rays use ‘Jenny’ to pick starting lineup

Tampa Bay Rays use ‘Jenny’ to pick starting lineup

AT LEAST THE SONG WAS A HIT:Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon is seen in the dugout during the second inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers in Detroit, Sunday, July 6. Photo: Associated Press/Carlos Osorio

DETROIT (AP) — Sometimes the manager of a struggling baseball team will resort to pulling the names of his starting lineup out of a hat. But last week, Joe Maddon of the Tampa Bay Rays decided to pull his lineup out of a hit.

Figuring his team would have a tough time against Detroit Tigers ace Max Scherzer, Maddon went with what he calls his “Tommy Tutone lineup” — named after the group’s 1980s hit: “867-5309/Jenny.”

Maddon listed his batting order by position: centerfield, shortstop, left field, third base, first-base, designated hitter and right field. Which, if you’re scoring at home, correspond to 8-6-7-5-3-0-9 — with the zero standing for the designated hitter who, unlike Jenny, doesn’t play the field.

The tactic failed as Scherzer gave up just two hits over 8 innings — and the Tigers won 8-1.

Recent Headlines

in National

Making headlines this week

AP333203377986

A look back at the biggest newsmakers this week and the headline you may have missed.

in Sports

This week’s top sports shots

AP128102560467

A look at some of the biggest plays and best wins that happened this week in sports.

in Sports

This weekend’s sports schedule

fsu

A complete look at this weekend's sports schedule.

in National

House Republicans sue over Obamacare

obamacare

Republicans sued over the implementation of President Barack Obama's signature health care law.

in Sports

NFL’s Peterson vows never to use ‘switch’ again

peterson

The suspended Vikings running back says he was startled to the injuries his discipline caused to his son.