Longoria Plays the Hero for Rays

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In many ways, Evan Longoria's season couldn't have started off much worse.

The three-time All-Star third baseman had his 1967 Chevrolet Camaro stolen in March, and his spring training home in Port Charlotte broken into a bit later. Longoria played just two games before suffering an oblique injury that forced him to miss a month and leave an offensively starved club without its best hitter.

But Longoria saved his best for last, coming through when the Rays needed him most. His two-out, three-run homer in the eighth inning Wednesday brought Tampa Bay to within one run during the Rays' seven-run comeback against the Yankees. Pinch-hitter Dan Johnson tied the score in the ninth, sending it into extra innings with a two-out, two-strike homer that just curled inside ...

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