Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays lose, but Longoria adds to his big numbers (w/video)

ARLINGTON, Texas — While the Rays added a 94th loss to their pile with Friday's 3-1 defeat by the American League-leading Rangers, 3B Evan Longoria keeps piling up numbers.

With two doubles on the night, he has a career-high 171 hits for the season, including a personal-best 80 for extra bases; 301 total doubles, including 40 this season; and a career-high 36 home runs.

"Just continues to speak volumes about the season that he's had offensively and defensively,'' manager Kevin Cash said. "He's such a baseball player.

Plus, Longoria logged his 97th RBI, moving closer to what would be his third season of 100 RBIs. "Trying to get there,'' Longoria said. "It's round. It's three digits. It's a club that not too many guys get to on a yearly basis.''

Just by playing Friday, Longoria closed in on another mark.

Assuming he also plays tonight and Sunday, Longoria will have played in 160 or more games for a fourth straight season, something only two other active players have done, Adrian Gonzalez and Ichiro Suzuki. Recently retired Prince Fielder also did it.

Longoria leads the majors with 640 games played since the start of the 2013 season.

TO THE MATT: RHP Matt Andriese was hoping to put a good finish on his up-and-down season, but the Rangers put a dent in those plans with homers by Carlos Beltran and Rougned Odor.

Still, Andriese, who ended up allowing three runs over 51/3 innings, said it was a good finish to an up-and-down season. He started the year in Triple A, joined the Rays rotation in May, was moved to the bullpen in June, and back to the rotation in early August.

"It wasn't a bad outing by any means,'' he said, "kind of a decent one to go into the off-season with with just the intent of getting better.''

CATCHING ON: As much as Rays pitchers have liked throwing to veteran C Bobby Wilson, the Rangers felt much the same way during his 2015-16 stints with them. "I was sorry to see him go," RHP Colby Lewis said. "He did a great job here." Lewis said the Rangers remembered Wilson's contributions when they voted their playoff shares.

ARCHER OFF THE HOOK: RHP Chris Archer avoided his 20th loss by instead earning his ninth win with a strong 62/3-inning effort in Thursday's rain-delayed 5-3 victory in Chicago, not that he showed much relief.

"Honestly I never let those type of things creep into my mind because it's pointless to think about negatives," Archer said. "I'm just glad I don't have to answer the question."

Archer was the eighth pitcher since 1975 to make one or more starts with 19 losses and not get to 20, a ground that includes former Devil Rays RHP Albie Lopez after being traded to Arizona in 2001.

After finishing 9-19, 4.02, Archer said his strong second half should carry over to help him next season: "For sure, that's the plan. I learned a lot about myself, and I think that's the biggest thing. ''

MISCELLANY: The Rays struck out 12 times against Texas starter RHP Yu Darvish in six innings, 13 total to push their AL-leading total to 1,470. … LF Corey Dickerson's 11-pitch leadoff at-bat was the longest by a Ray to start a first inning since Carl Crawford in an April 2003 game in Baltimore. … 2B Logan Forsythe got the day off, Cash saying, "He's gone at it hard this year like a lot of our guys.'' He pinch-hit and struck out to end the game. … CF Kevin Kiermaier noted he made his major-league debut in Texas three years ago Friday in the Game 163 tiebreaker.

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