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Evan Longoria a success in leadoff spot as Rays shut out Indians

May 29, 2011, 5:25 PM EDT

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Seeking to pull his third baseman out of a slump, manager Joe Maddon shifted Evan Longoria to the leadoff spot in the order Saturday.  He went 2-for-4 with a homer and a walk his first game there and then went 2-for-3 with a double and two walks Sunday in a 7-0 win over the Indians.

Jeremy Hellickson blanked the tribe for seven innings to earn his fifth win in six starts.  He’s a prime Rookie of the Year contender with a 6-3 record and a 2.80 ERA this season.

Longoria was just 6-for-45 with one RBI in 12 games before moving up in the lineup Saturday.   He’s reached base seven times since.

The Rays also got a contribution from last year’s leadoff man in this one.  John Jaso, who has mostly hit eighth and ninth this year, went 2-for-4 and hit a two-run homer off Justin Masterson.

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