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Evan Longoria hits three homers in Rays’ finale

Oct 3, 2012, 9:53 PM EDT

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Evan Longoria hit solo homers his first three times up against the Orioles before grounding out in his fourth and final at-bat in the Rays’ 4-1 victory Wednesday.

Longoria entered with 14 homers in 73 games this season. He took Chris Tillman deep in the first and fourth innings tonight and then delivered again versus Jake Arrieta in the sixth. He came up in the eighth with a chance to become the 17th major leaguer to hit four homers in a game, but he rolled out to third.

Longoria also homered twice against the Yankees in the last game of 2011, so he seems to have a thing for season finales. The Rays should tell him next year to play every game like it’s his last.

  1. vallewho - Oct 3, 2012 at 9:18 PM


    • vallewho - Oct 3, 2012 at 9:22 PM

      no go write an article on Cano

  2. paul621 - Oct 3, 2012 at 9:46 PM

    Watch out Cabrera!

  3. vallewho - Oct 3, 2012 at 9:49 PM

    …and Chris Davis stinks up the joint!

  4. raysfan1 - Oct 3, 2012 at 9:55 PM

    E-van! E-van! E-van!

    Oh, and message to the Yankees from the Rays: you’re welcome.

    • kkolchak - Oct 3, 2012 at 10:04 PM

      Much as I hate the Yankees, I have to mention that they are up 12-2 and really didn’t need the Rays’ help.

      Now the Rangers on the other hand should be thankful to the Rays because now the O’s are tied with them at 93-69, meaning the WC play in game will be held in Texas instead of Crabtown.

      • raysfan1 - Oct 3, 2012 at 11:11 PM

        Oh I know, but there was a lot of cheering at Yankee Stadium when the Rays’ score flashed on their scoreboard, so the “you’re welcome” still applies.

        As for the Rangers, well, the Rays needed them to come up big against the A’s, and they failed in spades. If they win 4 of their last 6 against the A’s, not only dothey win their division with the best record I the AL, the Rays get into the playoffs. So while, the Rangers may owe a little thanks to the Rays, they are not welcome. There, mini-rant over, I feel better now.

  5. kkolchak - Oct 3, 2012 at 10:01 PM

    So I guess the O’s reward for their special season is to have to go to Texas for a one-game WC play in and then face the Yankees in the first round. Wonder if Angelos is going to whine about that.

  6. thebadguyswon - Oct 3, 2012 at 10:03 PM

    yeah….and if he was there all year they would have made the postseason.

    • raysfan1 - Oct 3, 2012 at 11:17 PM

      Perhaps so, but at the same time if you had offered in March to bet me that a team with 90 wins would miss the playoffs, I’d have taken it.

      • florida76 - Oct 3, 2012 at 11:57 PM

        90 or 95 wins, it’s irrelevant since the Rays will miss the playoffs for the second time in the last four years. While Tampa Bay deserves credit for fielding a consistent winner, the reality is the decline since the 2008 miracle pennant winning year. In fact, 2010 and 2011, were first round exits, so we’ll see what happens in 2013.

        With continuing poor support, and the inevitable rejection of the new stadium concept, the future of the Rays is tenuous in the Tampa Bay area.

      • raysfan1 - Oct 4, 2012 at 12:22 AM

        I disagree. 90 wins is not irrelevant. Winning records are not easy, 5 straight winning records is even harder. I am not one who ascribes to the notion that only one team can ultimately have a good season.

        I also do not think the Rays’ departure from Florida is imminent. There is nowhere that they would not be a small market team unless somewhere like New York agreed to bring in a 3rd team. We’ll see about stadium issues when the economy in Florida improves.

        For 2013 there are changes that will need to happen to remain competitive/improve. Upton is probably gone and Pena needs to be. They need to take what money they can to get a first baseman who can hit. Replacing Upton will be harder. Perhaps they can via the trade route. We’ll see.

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