Evan Longoria was excited to rejoin the Rays on Tuesday, but did his best to temper expectations of his impact on the stagnant offense. "I'm not the savior,'' Longoria said. "I'm really happy to be back. And hopefully I'm able to change the complexion of the lineup. Maybe not go out and hit two home runs a night, but maybe allow other other guys to see some better pitches and allow them an opportunity to get going. ... Hopefully I can provide some kind of spark and get the offense going, but I try not to put all the weight on my shoulders.'' Longoria, speaking for nearly 12 minutes, said there are no set limits on how many days in a row he can play, that he would expect it to be more than 3, a number Joe Maddon had previously mentioned. "I don't want to put a number on it, but I don't see it being a 1 or 2 or 3 day thing and then having to take one off,'' Longoria said. "Hopefully more than three and go from there.''
Longoria: "I'm not the savior"
Tampa Bay Times | Aug 7