Evan Longoria is an All-Star third baseman for the Tampa Bay Rays. He made his major league debut for the Rays in 2008, and was named to the American League team for the 2008 All Star Game. He also was named the 2008 American League Rookie of the Year. A three-time All-Star, he won Gold Glove and Silver Slugger awards in 2009 and a Gold Glove in 2010. In 2012, Longoria was signed to a 6-year, $100-million dollar contract extension that could keep him in Tampa Bay through 2022.
Scouts can say the darnedest things.
At various times this season, talent evaluators from other teams have asked, wondered and speculated about what has changed with Rays third baseman Evan Longoria, what's wrong with him, even what he has left.
Big game. Big series.
Rays vs. Red Sox. Even normally sleepy Tropicana Field had a bit of buzz to it Friday night. Okay, so it wasn't Fenway Park, and it didn't quite feel like October, but it did feel like a game that mattered.
TAMPA — Tampa Bay Rays slugger Evan Longoria and his business partners on Thursday won initial City Council approval for a late-night restaurant featuring duckpin bowling.
ST. PETERSBURG — As hot as the Rays have been, manager Joe Maddon admitted it's unusual that they just had their best month in club history while their best player, 3B Evan Longoria, has struggled.
ST. PETERSBURG — The Rays will wait a few days to see if the pain caused by plantar fasciitis in 3B Evan Longoria's right foot subsides.
ST. PETERSBURG — Tigers star third baseman Miguel Cabrera hurt the Rays pretty good Friday night, with two home runs among his four-hit night that handed Tampa Bay a 6-3 loss at Tropicana Field.
NEW YORK — The first run Evan Longoria knocked in Thursday night made for a nifty, historic notation, the 500th RBI of his already-impressive career.
There are nights, like Monday, when baseball is not so easy, even for Evan Longoria. He had bounced into a double play in the game's most promising moment, and his Rays ended up losing in 14 innings, to the Red Sox no less, and he, understandably, wasn't in much of a mood as he left the Trop. …
ST. PETERSBURG — The Rays' Evan Longoria was the DH for the second straight game Friday and could be there the rest of the weekend as he's dealing with a "pretty painful" case of plantar fasciitis in his right foot.
CHICAGO — Former Ray James Shields said he was looking forward to facing his former teammates on Tuesday night, the Royals pitcher said Friday from Kansas City.