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Update 5:44 p.m. Evan Longoria was coming off a rough game Monday in which he had an error, baserunning gaffe and went 0-for-3, manager Joe Maddon said he didn't consider giving him today off as a mental break, and is not concerned about his All-Star third baseman.

Longoria had said after Monday's game the miscues were more mental than anything.

"He just had a tough day yesterday, that's all," Maddon said. "The ground ball was like so routine it's beyond being routine. The base-running gaffe, it's just like in a car, you run into the car in front of you, you're in trouble, so he just overran the car in front of him. Just not one of his better days but that happens. I think he's fine mentally."

Longoria has said recently he hasn't been happy with his defense (four errors in his last 14 games), but Maddon points out how the two-time Gold Glover sets the standard so high. 

"I think with guys like that, you expect this real almost perfection level of play," Maddon said. "And he's going to make mistakes, and he has made some mistakes. But overall, he's still the best third baseman in the American League."

UPDATE, 3:51: Rays lineup looks a lot like last night's:
Damon dh
Zobrist 2b
Longoria 3b
Joyce rf
Kotchman 1b
Upton cf
Jaso c
Fuld lf
Brignac ss
Price p

DEVELOPING
: The Rays will try to bounce back tonight after a disappointing, 5-0 loss Monday to the Reds, one manager Joe Maddon admittedly called a "stinker."

They'll have LHP David Price on the mound, coming off a strong performance his last time out in Milwaukee. Should be a great pitching matchup with Reds RHP Johnny Cueto, who is undefeated in June.

But Tampa Bay will have to figure out the perplexing situation in how its offense sputters at Tropicana Field, including Monday, scattering just five hits after racking up 32 in the previous two games in Houston.

Ex-Ray Jonny Gomes, who homered in his return to the Trop Monday, is back in the lineup as DH.

Reds lineup
Heisey lf
Phillips 2b
Votto 1b
Rolen 3b
Bruce rf
Gomes dh
Hernandez c
Stubbs cf
Renteria ss
Cueto, p

[Last modified: Thursday, July 28, 2011 12:15am]

    

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