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Tampa Bay Rays: Evan Longoria gets comfort (kind of) from Don Zimmer; Longoria has no trouble picking out hecklers

Phone message of the day

Among the messages 3B Evan Longoria got after his three-error game was a Wednesday morning call from senior adviser Don Zimmer. "His message was it won't be the last time you make three errors in a game," Longoria said. "Coming from Zim it means a lot. I know that it's heartfelt, regardless of the fact he's taking a little jab at me."

Fan message of the day

The Rogers Centre crowd is typically tough on Longoria, serenading him with chants of EVA, EVA (as in the model/actor of similar name), and adding a few more choice words after his three errors. "When there's only, what, 15,000 people there, you can hear everything that everybody's saying," he said.

Numbers of the day

23 Career bunt singles by Carlos Peña

261 Career home runs by Peña

Rays at Blue Jays

When/where: 7:07 tonight, Rogers Centre, Toronto

TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

Probable pitchers

Rays: RH Jeremy Hellickson (1-0, 3.29)

Jays: RH Henderson Alvarez (0-0, 2.77)

Watch for …

Jeremy the K: Hellickson is coming off a rough start at Boston, allowing 5 runs on 3 homers in 5 IP. He is 1-0, 4.26 in two starts against the Jays, both in Toronto.

Whiz kid: Alvarez, who turned 22 Wednesday, throws hard and throws a lot of strikes with a sinker and changeup. In 12 starts, he has walked more than one once, vs. the Rays in August.

Key matchups


Desmond Jennings 1-for-3 HR

Matt Joyce 1-for-3

Evan Longoria 2-for-3, 2 HRs


Jose Bautista 4-for-5, HR

Edwin Encarnacion 1-for-6

Yunel Escobar 0-for-7

On deck

Friday: vs. Twins, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Matt Moore (0-1, 5.54); Twins — Liam Hendriks (0-0, 1.50)

Saturday: vs. Twins, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — James Shields (2-0, 3.38); Twins — Carl Pavano (1-1, 5.23)

Sunday: vs. Twins, 1:40, Sun Sports. Rays — Jeff Niemann (0-2, 4.50); Twins — Francisco Liriano (0-2, 11.91)

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Tampa Bay Rays: Evan Longoria gets comfort (kind of) from Don Zimmer; Longoria has no trouble picking out hecklers 04/18/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 18, 2012 10:54pm]
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