Evan Longoria doesn't see himself as the savior for Tampa Bay's struggling offense. The three-time all-star rejoined the Rays lineup Tuesday night after missing 85 games because of a partially torn left hamstring.
"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 some other guys to see some better pitches and allow them an opportunity to get going," Longoria said.
Longoria went 1 for 3 with a sacrific fly in the Rays' 4-1 win over Toronto.
Ortiz is close
Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz took batting practice on the field Tuesday and thinks his return to Boston's lineup is close.
Ortiz has missed 20 games because of a strained right Achilles tendon and says he could be back in the lineup when the Red Sox play at Cleveland this weekend. He said he had an injection in the affected area on Monday.
"Normally it would hurt by now," he said, sitting in the dugout after BP. "I think it's going to be OK."
Rays manager Joe Maddon said he didn't know how many consecutive games Longoria will play.
Jose Reyes insists he has no regrets about leaving the New York Mets to join the Miami Marlins despite his new team's poor performance.
The all-star shortstop brought a career-high 24-game hitting streak into Tuesday night's game at New York's Citi Field. The Marlins began the day tied for last in the NL East, four games behind the Mets.
Reyes left the Mets last offseason as a free agent and signed a $106 million, six-year deal with the Marlins.
This article contains information from the Associated Press.