Roger Mooney covers the Tampa Bay Rays for The Tampa Tribune, TBO.com and News Channel 8. He has covered the Rays since their first season in 1998, including 11 years for the Bradenton Herald. Roger has also covered Florida, South Florida and Florida State football, the Bucs and the Lightning.
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Rays v Twins: Longo playing back-to-back games
Posted Mar 3, 2013 by Roger Mooney
Updated Mar 3, 2013 at 11:43 AM
PORT CHARLOTTE Evan Longoria is in the lineup today against the visiting Twins, making this the first time he will play on back-to-back days this spring.
The third baseman, who doesn’t want to push his left hamstring too hard this early in camp, said the plan for the spring calls for him to receive at least 50 at-bats, maybe more if his leg feels fine and he wants to play deeper into a game.
“I feel pretty good right now,” Longoria said this morning, “and I feel after another 40 at-bats I’ll be where I want to be.”
Longoria will not play Monday when the Rays travel to Fort Myers to play the Red Sox. He is expected to play Tuesday when the Rays take another trip south on Interstate-75 to Fort Myers to play the Twins.
The Rays are off Wednesday, and manager Joe Maddon said Longoria won’t play Thursday against the Pirates in Bradenton so he can get two days off. Longoria will play Friday against the visiting Phillies.
David Price makes his second start of the spring this afternoon.
Here are the lineups: