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Evan Longoria starting at DH, batting cleanup for Rays

Aug 7, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

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As expected Evan Longoria is off the disabled list and back in the Rays’ lineup tonight for the first time since April 30.

Longoria, who missed 85 games with a hamstring injury, is batting cleanup but for now at least the Rays are keeping him off the field defensively by using him at designated hitter.

Limiting Longoria’s odds of a setback by asking him to simply hit 4-5 times per game seems like a worthwhile idea, particularly since third baseman Ryan Roberts would probably be in the lineup anyway.

Tampa Bay went 41-44 in Longoria’s absence and trails New York by 7.0 games in the AL East, but is just 2.0 games out of a Wild Card spot.

  1. raysfan1 - Aug 7, 2012 at 7:45 PM

    Hope he’s really ready and not pushing it. The Rays definitely need him, but not at the cost of further injury.

  2. romoscollarbone - Aug 7, 2012 at 11:41 PM

    They always mention his team friendly contract, but the kid has bad injury luck. Things even out I suppose. Hopefully he can get some games in.

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