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'Outlaw' or not, Kiermaier is a wanted man

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One of the young Rays, Kevin Kiermaier, is making the most of his opportunity filling in for Wil Myers while Myers recovers from a broken wrist.

Kiermaier was brought in for his glove, but his bat -- and his hustle -- helps generate offensive power that was missing earlier this season.

Kiermaier intends to make a name for himself with the Rays. It's just not quite what you'd think.

We've heard "KK" and "Special K," but the outfielder would like to be called "The Outlaw," please.

"It originated back in 2011 when I was in the Midwest League playing for the Bowling Green Hot Rods," he explained. "I was making all these diving catches and throwing a lot of people out and someone came up to me and said, 'You play the outfield like an outlaw.' I said, 'You know what, that kind of sounds pretty nice... you can start calling me that,' and I joked around with my teammates about it. I said, 'You guys can call me 'Outlaw.'"

Some of the Rays' veteran players, like Matt Joyce, need a little more convincing, especially when it comes to self-proclaimed nicknames.

"I thought he gave that to himself," said Joyce. "I didn't know if somebody else gave it to him. I told him you can't have a nickname that you give yourself. It doesn't work that way."

Ryan Hanigan, though, says he's fine with calling Kiermaier 'The Outlaw.'

"He can be called whatever he wants -- just keep playing like he is. It's awesome to see he's feeling it and he's been a big boost to our team."

No matter what nickname sticks, the Rays' Kevin Kiermaier is a wanted man in Tampa Bay.

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