SAN DIEGO -- It’s been an interesting, and at times confusing, season for Ji-Man Choi. The Rays’ first baseman has dealt with some inconsistencies at the plate, but the club has continued to stick with him.
Choi, who was acquired from Milwaukee last June, became a big part of the

SAN DIEGO -- It’s been an interesting, and at times confusing, season for Ji-Man Choi. The Rays’ first baseman has dealt with some inconsistencies at the plate, but the club has continued to stick with him.

Choi, who was acquired from Milwaukee last June, became a big part of the Rays’ late-season success in 2018, finishing the year with eight homers and an .877 OPS in 49 games.

But Choi hasn’t been able to consistently tap into his power as much as he and the club expected. On Tuesday, Choi showed glimpses of that potential, tallying three extra-base hits, including a two-run home run in the seventh inning to lead the Rays to a 7-5 win over the Padres at Petco Park.

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The 28-year old Choi made a rare start against a left-handed pitcher, but due to the struggles that Padres starter Eric Lauer has shown against lefties this season, Rays manager Kevin Cash inserted Choi in the middle of the lineup, and he delivered.

Juan Toribio covers the Rays for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @juanctoribio.

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