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DRaysBay Apr 20, 2017
Evan Longoria: Baseball's reverse-Samson

Evan Longoria: Baseball's reverse-Samson

Bye-bye beard, hello hits? You know where this article is starting. Mine is gone https://t.co/6816JeNFZf— Evan Longoria (@Evan3Longoria) April 19, 2017 After rocking a mighty beard for the first two and a half weeks of the 2017 season, Evan Longoria trimmed down to a casual stubble before Wednesday’s game, a move that many folks read as an attempt to shake things up for the veteran righty, as he was slashing just .200/.308/.345 before Wednesday’s game against Detroit. Well, like some sort of bizarro-world Samson, Evan Longoria showed (for one night at least) that cutting his...
Tampa Tribune Apr 19, 2017

Marc Topkin's takeaways on Wednesday's Rays-Tigers game

3B Evan Longoria made a very smart play in the sixth, letting JaCoby Jones' popped-up bunt drop and throwing to second to start a somewhat messy but still effective 5-6-4 double play, diluting a Tigers threat.The Rays enjoyed dome-field advantage in the first as Corey Dickerson's fly ball dropped
DRaysBay Apr 19, 2017
Evan Longoria in peak twitter form

Evan Longoria in peak twitter form

Evan Longoria responded to one of his critics on twitter this afternoon, and it was delightful. @Evan3Longoria at what point do you stand up, be the captain and light these guys up? What happen to the Rays way??— shane wright (@shaneweston88) April 17, 2017 I'll take it you are the authority on how to be a captain of a pro sports team. #shanesway #lightitup https://t.co/E1z7JHIrPw— Evan Longoria (@Evan3Longoria) April 19, 2017 Evan Longoria just became my new favorite player. #Burn #MessWithBullGetHorns https://t.co/FGX2eull1w— Randy Carpenter (@rcarpenter7) April 19,...
Over the Monster Apr 14, 2017
Red Sox 5, Rays 10: Rick Porcello gets rocked

Red Sox 5, Rays 10: Rick Porcello gets rocked

It was a very bad night for Rick Porcello. Well, that sucked. I’m not really sure how else to put it. Rick Porcello had his worst start since his horrid 2015 and the offense couldn’t really get anything going until this game was already out of hand. In the first inning, at least, things looked promising for Porcello. He got two quick outs to start the game, and with one being a pop out and the other a ground out, neither of the first two batters left the infield. With two outs, Evan Longoria did smash a hard-hit double to left field, but that was all the damage done in the top of the...
DRaysBay Apr 13, 2017
Tampa Bay Rays news and links: Ugly loss; pretty graphs

Tampa Bay Rays news and links: Ugly loss; pretty graphs

Let’s move on from the loss and read about deriving wOBA from Statcast data. The Rays lost in ugly fashion yesterday, and Evan Longoria is upset. Article and quote via Topkin: “Just sloppy. Just sloppy overall. We've got to figure out a way to clean that up," Longoria said. "Defense is shaky. I don't know who to blame on the collision play. It looked like (Cedeno) didn't really know the infield was in. If he's aware of that, it's a simple play: He just looks at the runner at third and throws it to first and we don't have two guys leave the game hurt.” Ouch, and also ouch. If you were...
DRaysBay Apr 12, 2017
Rays vs Yankee Preview: Jordan Montgomery Makes MLB Debut

Rays vs Yankee Preview: Jordan Montgomery Makes MLB Debut

Rays bats look to take on crafty lefty in MLB debut. The Rays are coming off a game in which Michael Pineda’s slider was filthy. They were on the wrong end of a perfect game until Evan Longoria ripped a slider that got too much height down the left field line in the seventh inning. Any chance of winning the game was, however, squashed with an eighth inning to forget for the Rays and their fans. The Rays look to even up the series against a pitcher making his MLB debut. The Yankees announced they would call up left handed pitcher Jordan Montgomery to take the start Wednesday afternoon. The...
Newark Star-Ledger Apr 10, 2017
WATCH: Rays' Evan Longoria on ending perfect game by Yankees' Michael Pineda

WATCH: Rays' Evan Longoria on ending perfect game by Yankees' Michael Pineda

Longoria struck out twice Monday before hitting a seventh-inning double to end Yankees right-hander Michael Pineda's perfect game.
New York Daily News Apr 10, 2017
Rays 3B Longoria breaks down breaking up Pineda's perfect bid

Rays 3B Longoria breaks down breaking up Pineda's perfect bid

When Evan Longoria came to the plate in the seventh, Michael Pineda was 7 outs away from joining the ranks of Larsen, Wells and Cone.
Washington Times Apr 10, 2017

Pineda takes perfect game into 7th; Yanks beat Rays 8-1

NEW YORK (AP) - Michael Pineda retired his first 20 batters before Evan Longoria lined a double down the left-field line, and he wound up pitching two-hit ball over 7 2/3 innings Monday in the New York Yankees' home opener, an 8-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays. Pineda (1-1) ...
Washington Times Apr 10, 2017

Longoria breaks up Pineda's perfect-game bid in 7th

NEW YORK (AP) - Tampa Bay's Evan Longoria lined a double down the left-field line with two outs in the seventh inning, breaking up a perfect game bid by the Yankees' Michael Pineda in New York's home opener. Pineda retired his first 20 batters Monday, starting 16 of them with ...
Tampa Tribune Apr 9, 2017
Rays beat Blue Jays to cap homestand, open season a franchise-best 5-2 (w/video)

Rays beat Blue Jays to cap homestand, open season a franchise-best 5-2 (w/video)

ST. PETERSBURGThe Rays are the sum of their parts. They have to be. There is no other choice.They cannot rely on Evan Longoria and Brad Miller to power the offense and Kevin Kiermaier to catch everything that's hit and the pitching, both starters and relievers, to shut down every offense and expect
DRaysBay Apr 8, 2017
What do Francisco Liriano and Andy Pettitte Have in Common?

What do Francisco Liriano and Andy Pettitte Have in Common?

Blue Jays lefty becomes one of six starters to fail to record at least two outs against Rays Blue Jays pitcher Francisco Liriano, making his first start of 2017, recorded one meager out in last night’s run fest at Tropicana Field, which the Rays won 10-8. In just one-third of an inning, the left-hander allowed three hits, five earned runs, four walks, and just one punch out. Evan Longoria touched up the former All-Star for a two-run homer in that first inning before Brad Miller doubled home Rickie Weeks Jr. and Derek Norris (who both walked before Miller’s at-bat). The...
Tampa Tribune Apr 8, 2017

Takeaways from Friday's Rays-Blue Jays game

Everything for the first couple of weeks is a small sample size, but 3B Evan Longoria certainly looks - especially with his long and loud first-inning homer to left Friday against the Blue Jays - like he will be capable of repeating last year's renaissance. RHP Matt Andriese's stat
Washington Times Apr 7, 2017

Longoria, Souza and Rays outlast Blue Jays 10-8

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Evan Longoria homered during a five-run first inning against wild Francisco Liriano and the Tampa Bay Rays went on to outscore the Toronto Blue Jays 10-8 Friday night. Liriano faced only eight batters, walking four and giving up three hits before getting pulled. The Blue ...
Blue Bird Banter Apr 7, 2017
Francisco Liriano & J.P. Howell Implode, Blue Jays Fall 10-8

Francisco Liriano & J.P. Howell Implode, Blue Jays Fall 10-8

Rays 10, Blue Jays 8. That was ugly. I hope we all bet the over. Right-hander Matt Andriese took the mound for the Rays, and started off well by retiring the first two hitters he faced. After surrendering a two-out single to Jose Bautista, Kendrys Morales crushed a ground-rule double over the short wall in left. Troy Tulowitzki, who came into tonight's game without a hit, lined a two-run double down the right field line to complete the two-out rally. Blue Jays 2- Rays 0. Liriano started his evening by walking the leadoff man, and then watched his lead evaporate as Evan Longoria belted a...

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