08/13/12 10:10 PM ET
Zobrist at shortstop could be long-term answer
By Bill Chastain / MLB.com
Zobrist, who played shortstop for the Rays in 2006 and '07 before losing the position due to his poor offense, started at shortstop again on Monday night after starting Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the position.
"It's possible, I just have to watch him," said Rays manager Joe Maddon about the chances of Zobrist again becoming an everyday shortstop. "To this point he really seems to like it. That's what I'm getting out of it. He looks real comfortable.
"I'm almost thinking he's back home where he began. With Zo, if there's any balking to be done, you can tell it with his conversation. I'm not really hearing any of that. He's totally into it."
Longoria finally gets night off after six starts
SEATTLE -- And on the seventh day, Evan Longoria rested.
After fueling a six-game winning streak since returning from the disabled list, Longoria did not start Monday night against the Mariners.
"I think there was going to have to be a day at some point where I give it a rest," Longoria said. "... Obviously, when I look at the schedule, I don't want to take a day off at any point. And it's always tough to look at it and say this is a day to take off, because there are really no days where you can kind of concede a day because they're all important at this point.
"But I think today being the best-case scenario because it was a travel day, overnight. In the past it has been a little more sore after we've flown. Looking ahead, it just seemed like the best-case scenario to take a day today."
Overall, Longoria reported that he has felt "pretty good" since rejoining the team Tuesday after missing most of the season with a partially torn left hamstring.
"I haven't had to push it too hard," Longoria said. "Which is a blessing in disguise, we've been able to win some games and I haven't had to put myself out there too much. ... Since I've been back, I really haven't done any huge damage. We've been hitting the ball well as a team. So it takes a lot of pressure off me. Makes it easy. I just show up and get to have fun and play again."
Upon rejoining the team Tuesday, Longoria told reporters he was not a savior. While Longoria might not be a savior, his return definitely seems to have had an effect on the Rays' offense.
During the Rays' six-game winning streak, which coincides with Longoria's return, the Rays have scored 37 runs on 65 hits, hitting .314 in the process.
In contrast, the Rays scored 25 runs in the 10 games prior to Longoria's return, hitting .199.
With Longoria in the lineup, the Rays are 21-8 this season. In addition, when he hits cleanup, they are 13-2 and they are 12-1 with him in the lineup when they play at Tropicana Field.
The Rays have averaged more than a run per game more with Longoria in the lineup (4.93 runs per game) than without him (3.86).
"I think you just look at what we've been doing since he's been back," B.J. Upton said. "Anytime you can put a guy like him into the middle of your lineup, it's hard to say that it doesn't change the complexion of it."
Rays put Davis' catch on wall of fame
SEATTLE -- You could say the Rays were impressed with Rajai Davis' catch on Sunday.
The Blue Jays left fielder literally climbed the left-field wall in Toronto to rob the Yankees' Casey McGehee of a two-run homer.
"That was tight," said Desmond Jennings, the Rays left-fielder.
Evan Longoria first commented on Toronto's left-field wall.
"That's a high wall," Longoria said. "You stand out there next to that one. It's not conducive to robbing home runs. It's a high wall, and he's not the tallest guy, either. That's an amazing catch."
Rays outfielder Sam Fuld said simply, "I'm not good at that."
"I'm more likely to run into a wall than scale it," Fuld said. "That's an amazing play. I'm jealous of guys who can do that."
B.J. Upton added: "That should be right up there for play of the year, man. That's a high wall and to go up there like he did."
The Rays have collected double-digit hits in four straight games, the first time they have accomplished the feat since May 17-20, 2010, against the Indians and Yankees.
Half of their 36 hits against the Twins went for extra bases.
Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.