Monday, December 18, 2017
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays' Longoria hits two milestones on one swing

MINNEAPOLIS — Eventually, given the nine years remaining on his contract, 3B Evan Longoria figures to hold most of the Rays' franchise records.

But he said it was still special Sunday to move to the top, and on the same swing, breaking Carl Crawford's record with his 216th double and tying Crawford's mark of 592 RBIs.

"I'm proud to be there and amongst good company," Longoria said. "Carl was a great ambassador for the Rays, and is one of the guys that this franchise will always remember. I'm pretty much here for the rest of my career, so at some point I expected to be there, today being the day, it's a proud day."

Longoria's day didn't start off too well, as he came up with the bases loaded in the first and flied out, not even deep enough to score a run. But he doubled to open the third and scored then reached the milestones in the sixth when he doubled in Matt Joyce.

Manager Joe Maddon was initially unaware of the records, but pleased: "I was wondering why the balls were being thrown into the dugout. He's going to set a lot more records. Good for him."

PERALTA AILING: RHP Joel Peralta was feverish, achy and too ill to pitch all weekend and said the cause is believed to be the chikungunya virus, which is transferred by mosquitoes in Caribbean countries.

Peralta went home to the Dominican Republic for the break and believes he contracted it there, as he started feeling ill on Friday then was seen by a Twins doctor. The symptoms can last up to a full week, and the Rays are expected to decide, as soon as today, whether to put Peralta on the disabled list, which could be backdated to July 13.

ARCHED UP: RHP Chris Archer is always striving for perfection. But without his best stuff Sunday, he took satisfaction in limiting the Twins to three runs (one earned) and working into the seventh. Also, he improved to 3-0, 0.49 vs. the Twins.

"I think (Sunday) was like an average day as far as I go," he said. "I didn't have my wipeout slider consistently, but I threw some changeups to counteract my slider not being quite where I wanted it to be, and at times I needed to make pitches, I did with my fastball. There are games where you go seven and give up no runs, go deeper than that and not give up runs. (Sunday) I felt pretty good because there were situations where I needed to make pitches and for the most part I did."

REHAB REPORT: RHP Jeremy Hellickson, optioned to the minors to stay on schedule with the Rays off twice this week, worked five innings for advanced Class A Charlotte at Clearwater, allowing four runs (two earned) on seven hits and a walk and striking out four. Hellickson is expected to rejoin the Rays rotation next weekend against Boston.

MISCELLANY: 1B James Loney went 7-for-12 in the series. … The Rays are 15-4 at Target Field. … The Rays notched their third series sweep, having taken down the Yankees and Red Sox. … RHP Brad Boxberger logged his ninth straight scoreless appearance. … Rookie C Curt Casali made his second major-league start, a combo of him doing well Friday and Maddon wanting to rest veteran Jose Molina, who caught Saturday night. … If the Brewers rotation remains in order, ex-Rays RHP Matt Garza is lined up to start the July 29 game at the Trop.

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