08/15/12 4:33 PM ET
When it comes to the eighth, Peralta's the man
By Bill Chastain / MLB.com
The right-hander has allowed just one earned run over his last 16 1/3 innings and has 25 strikeouts in 16 games.
Peralta is good friends with team closer Fernando Rodney, who fires an imaginary arrow into the air after each of his successful performances. Given Peralta's success in holding the opposition in the eighth inning, manager Joe Maddon was asked if it's time to find Peralta a bow and arrow as well.
Maddon smiled and said, "Maybe a slingshot."
Told of his manager's remarks, Peralta smiled and said, "I don't throw hard enough [for a bow and arrow]."
Scott must wait to rejoin his teammates
SEATTLE -- Luke Scott likely won't rejoin the Rays until the team returns to Tropicana Field next week.
"Weighing all the different options, we felt like this was the right way to go," manager Joe Maddon said.
Scott has been on the disabled list since July 21 with a mild strain of his right external oblique.
"I just talked to him on the phone," Maddon said. "What we did is, we planned him out for the next three days. He's going to stay [with Class A Charlotte]. He's going to play some defense, DH and first base just to get him back on the field.
"Right now there are not enough at-bats for him [with the big league club]. ... We'd like him to sharpen his bat up a little bit, [have him] play a little defense -- get stretched out in case we need him there, too. Just based on what's coming up right now, we thought it was the right way to go about it."
Scott had a good day on Tuesday, hitting an opposite-field home run in the Stone Crabs' game in Bradenton, Fla., and Maddon said "he's doing well."
Though the chances of Scott joining the team on this road trip are slim, Maddon did not totally rule out the possibility.
"We're going to re-evaluate him on Saturday," he said. "It's probably going to be that way, but if something comes up, you could see him sooner."
Maddon said that Scott was disappointed with the news.
"Absolutely he was," he said. "I said, 'I understand your disappointment. I appreciate it.' But I also told him I appreciate [his] professionalism. How he handled the moment. How he spoke. That's exactly how it came out."
Scott is hitting .225 with 12 home runs and 45 RBIs in his first season with the Rays.
Longoria eager to play in his hometown
SEATTLE -- Evan Longoria hails from the Anaheim area, so heading to his hometown to play the Angels is always a big event for the slugger.
Longoria has been looking forward to the next leg of the Rays' road trip.
"Having the whole family there is cool," said Longoria. "It's always fun to see who shows up and who comes out of the woodwork to say hello. It's always fun to see old friends and have them come out to the game. [Angel] Stadium, you couldn't ask for a better venue. It's a great place to play, and I always like going there for that."
Of course, Longoria's performance at Angel Stadium suggests there is no place like home. In 13 games there, he has a .426 average with four home runs and 13 RBIs.
Jeff Niemann (fractured right fibula) will continue his rehab assignment by reporting to Triple-A Durham to make two starts. If all goes well, the Rays could have an interesting problem in trying to figure out how to handle a full starting rotation. Niemann made his second rehab start for Class A Charlotte on Tuesday night and allowed four runs on six hits in 3 1/3 innings.
Desmond Jennings entered Wednesday's contest against the Mariners with a seven-game hitting streak. During that span he has hit .519, scoring 11 runs while collecting four doubles, a home run and three RBIs.
The Rays lead the American League in ERA, strikeouts and opponent's batting average. They are 12-4 with a 1.58 ERA in their last 16 games, and 16-8 with a 1.58 ERA in their last 24.
Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.