Evan Longoria's Tater Triad Tries to Take Tampa to Triumph; Fails

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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:

HITTERS
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
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PITCHERS
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?


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10 Comments

I'd go with Armando Gallaraga.
But it's only because its fun to say "Gah-lah-rahhhhhh-ga".

I know who Fartie is voting for.

Can WoW win rookie blog of the year?

/shameless

We're up against Sexy People, so no.

Why you don't show the pitchers records? Don't you know that's the most important stat in pitching. You also left out RBI's for the hitters, how are we supposed to judge how good of a hitter they are.

~BBWAA

The ROY-AL will not go to the Royal.

Give it to Evan or Gomes will punch your lights out.

The Tater Tot Trio sounds like something on Sonic's menu. Tots covered with chili, cheese and bacon.

@Matt
That sounds like a diarrhea-trio

ZIEGLER SET ROOKIE PITCHING MILESTONES AND STUFF

@fartie
Too many BB's

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