So the Rays and the Twins tussled at the Tropicana Dome last night and Evan Longoria did his best to lift his team: he hit three home runs and collected four RBI. Thanks to Dan Wheeler's miserable failure out of the Rays bullpen, though, the Rays ended up losing to the Twins and now sit just 1.5 games ahead of the second place Red Sox.
Kid sorta made history too:
Thursday's three blasts moves Longoria in front of the Cubs' Geovany Soto for top billing in rookie home runs, and makes him just the second Rays player all-time to hit three home runs in a single game. He joins teammate Jonny Gomes -- also a rookie at the time -- who went deep three times on July 23, 2005, against Kansas City.
Fella's got 25 homers on the year and, despite missing over a month due to a wrist ouchie, he's the odds-on favorite to win the AL Rookie of the Year award. Here's his competition:
Evan Longoria (TBR, 3B) - .353 OBP, .544 SLG, 25 HR, 7 SB
Mike Aviles - (KCR, SS) - ..352 OBP, .467 SLG, 24 2B, 7 SB
Alexei Ramirez - (CWS, 2B) - .318 OBP, .477 SLG, 18 HR, 12 SB
Armando Galarraga (DET, SP) - 163 IP, 3.58 ERA, 116 K, 58 BB
Joba Chamberlain (NYY, SP) - 96 IP, 2.53 ERA, 111 K, 37 BB
Brad Ziegler (OAK, RP) - 55 IP, 0.82 ERA, 27 K, 21 BB
Okay, Longoria is going to win unanimously. I don't know why I bothered listing all those stats. Does anyone think otherwise? Who would you vote for?