Longoria "feeling good," Allen sold to Japan, more
A couple of early notes - well, early out here in Anaheim - as the Rays get set to open a three-game series with the wild-card leading Angels.
* 3B Evan Longoria tweeted that he was "feeling good" after his first rehab game last night for Triple-A Durham, going 0-for-3 with a walk, and plans to be in the lineup as DH again tonight. Manager Joe Maddon said Longoria could return after as few as 3 or 4 games. He has been out since partially tearing his left hamstring April 30. His morning tweet, from @Evan3Longoria: "At some point soon the results will be important, but feeling good waking up this morning made me happy! 9 innings tonight."
* 1B/DH Brandon Allen won't be getting called up anytime soon - the Rays sold his rights to the Fukuoka Softball Hawks of the Japanese Central League. Allen, you recall, made an impressive debut with the Rays, helping win the first two games he appeared in, with a bases loaded walk and then a walkoff home run. He hit .154 with 1 homer and 3 RBIs in 7 games for the Rays, and was hitting .262 with 4 homers and 14 RBIs at Triple-A Durham.
* For the first time since April 2011, the Rays this weekend will start three pitchers with losing records in a series - Alex Cobb (4-7) tonight, Matt Moore (6-7) on Saturday, Jeremy Hellickson (5-6) on Sunday. The last time was April 18-21, 2011, when they started David Price (1-2), James Shields (0-1), Wade Davis (1-2) and Jeff Niemann (0-1) vs. the White Sox, and won three of four.
* Trade rumors continue to swirl around Rays RHP James Shields, with up to six teams being reported to be interested - the Angels, Rangers, Dodgers, Braves, Indians and Cardinals.