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Rays’ hot-hitting Evan Longoria named AL Player of the Week

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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.”

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit garysheltonsports@gmail.com.

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