He is 30 now, the age of a career’s rebirth.
And Evan Longoria, born again, is making it count.
Longoria led the Tampa Bay Rays to their third straight victory Sunday, homering twice in a victory over the Minnesota Twins. It continued a torrid week that led Longoria to win the AL Player of the Week Award.
Over his last nine games, Longoria is hitting .457. Against Minnesota,, he homered in each of the four games — the first time he homered in four straight — and five times total with the pair on Sunday. He had nine RBI.
There’s something to that, as he has hits in 21 of his past 24 games, batting .344 over that stretch.
“Evan Longoria has been in every great thing the Rays have accomplished in their history … right in the thick of all of it,” manager Kevin Cash said. “For a team that was probably in need of a player like that over the last 10 days, two weeks, he has been just unbelievable the way he has really carried the load.”