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Longoria, Price pass first tests

Evan Longoria hits a first inning single Tuesday in the Rays' spring training game against a split Astros squad in Port Charlotte.

JAMES BORCHUCK | Times

Evan Longoria hits a first inning single Tuesday in the Rays' spring training game against a split Astros squad in Port Charlotte.

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Rays 3B Evan Longoria said he felt good after his first game of the spring, joking about how his left hamstring was tested repeatedly on the bases, as he went hard into second, was thrown out trying to score from second, and came around from first on a double.

"I felt good,'' Longoria said. "I felt like it was normal. I don't know how it looks. I know it feels and looks like it feels 100 percent than it did at the end of the season last year, and that's really all that  matters.''

LHP David Price said he felt as good as he did all spring during his 19-pitch inning.

Price said he reached for the first-batter ground ball with his bare hand out of reflex and that it struck him on the left wrist, but that he was fine, and didn't require any treatment from the trainers.

"It didn't hurt; I'm fine,'' he said.

Overall, Price said: "That's the best I've felt since I've been here. That's the most free my arm's felt. It's definitely the hardest I've thrown since I've been in camp. And it felt good. Everything felt good. It's always a good sign when you can go out there and the arm can be free and easy. I just have to get back to throwing strikes like I did last year. It's hard to throw strikes right now, and that's part of it.''

 

 

[Last modified: Tuesday, February 26, 2013 3:49pm]

    

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