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James Loney | First Baseman

Team: Tampa Bay Rays
Age / DOB:  (30) / 5/7/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 235
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
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James Loney went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Tuesday's win over the Yankees.
Loney broke a 1-1 tie with his sixth inning homer, his fifth home run of the season. Loney remains the most productive Rays regular, batting .281/.334/.388 with 42 RBI through 83 games. Jul 1 - 10:29 PM

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James Loney belted a solo home run in the nightcap of Friday's doubleheader, but it was the Rays only offense in a losing effort against the Orioles.

The second inning blast off Chris Tillman was his only hit in four trips to the plate on the evening. He's enjoying another solid season in Tampa Bay, slashing .285/.341/.386 with four long balls and 39 RBI.
Jun 27 - 10:42 PM

James Loney went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts as the Rays' cleanup man on Wednesday.

Loney is hitting just .219 with a homer and five RBI in 64 at-bats this month. He still has the respectable .274 average overall, but the Rays surely wish they had some better options to bat cleanup right now.
Jun 18 - 5:02 PM

James Loney went 2-for-4 in a loss to the Cardinals on Tuesday.

Offense was sparse, as the teams combined for 11 hits and one run on the evening. Loney had two of those hits as he remains one of the only Rays position players showing a pulse at the plate. The first baseman is up to .286/.348/.387 after the multi-hit game.
Jun 10 - 10:16 PM

James Loney went 2-for-3 in Tuesday's loss to the Rays.

Loney was one of two Rays who were able to finagle multiple hits against Marlins starter Henderson Alvarez. The first baseman hasn't hit for much power, but he continues to post a high batting average and an above-average on-base percentage. Loney is slashing .292/.352/.382 with 28 RBI on the season.
Jun 3 - 9:31 PM

James Loney hit the second of back-to-back homers with Desmond Jennings in the fifth inning of Monday's game against the Blue Jays.

It was Loney's second homer of the year and just his second extra-base hit in 94 at-bats this month. He's still hitting for average and driving in runs at a decent clip, but with his minimal contributions in homers, steals and runs scored, he doesn't offer much in fantasy leagues.
May 26 - 11:27 PM

James Loney went 3-for-4 with a double on Saturday to raise his average to .343.

Loney is hitting singles and doubles even better than he did last year, though with just one homer and 12 runs scored in the Rays' 31 games, it's not making him especially valuable for fantasy purposes. At least he does have 18 RBI, which is a nice total for a guy who has only driven himself in once.
May 3 - 5:30 PM

James Loney went 2-for-4 with a run scored in the Rays' loss to the Yankees on Sunday.

Loney scored the team's lone run in the 12-inning loss. Despite Sunday's setback, Loney enjoyed a good series against the Yankees, registering multi-hit games in each of the three contests with four runs scored and five RBI.
Apr 20 - 6:54 PM

James Loney went 2-for-4 with four RBI in Friday's 11-5 win over the Yankees.

Loney knocked in two runs with a double in the fourth inning and later delivered a go-ahead two-run single off Adam Warren in the bottom of the seventh inning. The 29-year-old has hit safely in four out of his last five games, including two multi-hit games, but he's still hitting just .235 on the year. If he can't hit for average, he's pretty much useless in fantasy leagues.
Apr 19 - 12:24 AM

James Loney launched his first home run of the season Saturday against the Reds.

Loney's second-inning solo shot against Alfredo Simon was the only run of the ballgame. The 29-year-old hit .299 with a .348 on-base percentage last season and plays solid defense at first base, but he simply doesn't provide enough power to have much upside in fantasy leagues.
Apr 12 - 3:52 PM

James Loney delivered an RBI single in the ninth inning to give the Rays a 1-0 win over the Royals on Tuesday.

The Rays were limited to four hits on the night, but two came from Wil Myers and Loney in the deciding ninth inning. The run batted in was Loney's fourth of the year, and the first baseman is batting .222 (6-for-27) in the early going.
Apr 8 - 11:36 PM

James Loney hit a two-run homer off Ubaldo Jimenez as the Rays and Orioles played to a 3-3 tie in 10 innings Saturday.

While Joe Maddon said at the onset of the spring that he would likely hit Evan Longoria and Wil Myers third and fourth, in either order, recent evidence suggests Loney may find himself in the cleanup spot initially. Today was the second straight day Maddon went Longoria-Loney-Myers in the third-through-fifth spots in the lineup. Loney's value would get a boost if Maddon sticks with such an arrangement. Maddon, though, likes to change things up frequently.
Mar 22 - 4:44 PM

James Loney went 3-for-4 with a double and four RBI against the Red Sox on Sunday.

He's 9-for-22 with a homer this spring. Loney started hitting third for the Rays at the very end of last season, but manager Joe Maddon has indicated that he expects to go with Evan Longoria and Wil Myers in the third and fourth spots, in either order, this year. That'd hurt Loney a bit, as he'd probably hit fifth, but Maddon changes things up so often that it's really hard to account for his lineups in projections.
Mar 16 - 4:51 PM

Rays re-signed 1B James Loney to a three-year, $21 million contract.

The deal was agreed to last month and has now become official. Loney earned the big new contract after hitting .299/.348/.430 with 13 home runs and 75 RBI while playing Gold Glove-caliber defense for the Rays last season. His offense figures to take a step back in 2014.
Jan 3 - 4:05 PM

James Loney is in Tampa Bay for a physical and his new three-year, $21 million deal is expected to be announced on Wednesday.

The 29-year-old first baseman agreed to terms to ensure his return to Tampa last week. After inking a make-good one-year, $2 million deal with the Rays last winter, Loney slashed .299/.348/.430 with 13 home runs and 75 RBI in 158 games. He spurned a host of suitors this time around -- a group led by the Brewers and Pirates -- to return.
Tue, Dec 17, 2013 12:00:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Ryan Hanigan
2Jose Molina
1B1James Loney
2Sean Rodriguez
2B1Ben Zobrist
2Logan Forsythe
3Cole Figueroa
SS1Yunel Escobar
2Tim Beckham
3B1Evan Longoria
LF1David DeJesus
CF1Desmond Jennings
2Kevin Kiermaier
RF1Wil Myers
2Brandon Guyer
3Jerry Sands
DH1Matt Joyce
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1David Price
2Matt Moore
3Alex Cobb
4Chris Archer
5Jake Odorizzi
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Jake McGee
2Grant Balfour
3Joel Peralta
4Juan Carlos Oviedo
5Brad Boxberger
6Cesar Ramos
7Kirby Yates
8Erik Bedard