6/21/2013 10:37 P.M. ET
Opposite-field homers show Longo's evolution
By Bill Chastain / MLB.com
NEW YORK -- Evan Longoria has already set a personal high with five opposite-field homers in 2013 after hitting only 11 out to right field prior to this season.
"I think more of it, it's a conscious effort," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "In game, I think he's cognizant of being pitched away, or away and down, and he's hitting the ball that way, as opposed to trying to pulling a pitch that was away for an out. But now it's turning into something positive for him. I just think that's the evolution of a good hitter right there."
Two of Longoria's opposite-field homers came Thursday night against the Yankees at Yankee Stadium, a place that seems to embrace opposite-field homers based on the ease at which they seem to fly out over its short right-field porch.
"It's different," Maddon said. "Apparently the numbers on the wall are accurate. It just plays differently than the [original Yankee Stadium]. I don't know if there is some kind of a current that just runs in that direction like the gulfstream; you can't see it, but it's there. Apparently it makes an impact."
Colome more confident heading into second start
NEW YORK -- Alex Colome joined the Rays on Friday in advance of making a start against the Yankees on Saturday.
Colome, ranked 12th on the Rays' Top 20 Prospects list, was recalled from Triple-A Durham after Friday night's game, with reliever Josh Lueke sent to Durham.
Colome, 24, was with Tampa Bay for one start earlier this season, and he did well. After getting recalled to pitch against the Marlins on May 30, Colome responded by holding Miami to no earned runs in 5 2/3 innings to earn his first Major League win.
"The last time, I wasn't nervous, I was excited," Colome said. "But tomorrow I'll be better, more confidence. It's great to be here again. … Now I feel more comfortable, more confidence for pitching tomorrow. Feel more well, more relaxed."
Colome will be filling the spot vacated by Alex Cobb, who suffered a concussion Saturday when he got hit in the head by a line drive off the bat of Kansas City's Eric Hosmer. Cobb is out for an indefinite amount of time at this point, so Colome could be in for an extended stay if he does well.
Colome had mixed emotions about taking Cobb's spot in the rotation.
"Maybe I have a chance to have more starts," Colome said. "I feel good for me, but I feel bad for him, you know. He's a good teammate."
Colome's start means the Rays will start a rookie in four of the seven games on this road trip.
The Rays have not had four games started by rookies on a road trip since June 2011, when Cobb and Jeremy Hellickson each started twice on an 11-game trip to Baltimore, Seattle, Los Angeles and Detroit.
Colome will join right-handers Chris Archer and Jake Odorizzi as the rookies to start on this trip.
The last time the Rays started three rookies on a road trip was a trip to Baltimore, Boston and New York in September 2009 (Jeff Niemann, Wade Davis and David Price).
• Matt Joyce's pinch-hit double Thursday night off Boone Logan gave Rays pinch-hitters a Major League-best .310 batting average (18-for-58) this season. Tampa Bay pinch-hitters are 6-for-8 with a walk in their last nine plate appearances.
• Entering Friday night's game, the Rays had made only 10 errors in their last 28 games and had not had a multi-error game during that span. The streak of 28 straight games without a multi-error game is the longest current stretch in the Major Leagues.
• In addition to signing top pick Nick Ciuffo on Friday, the Rays also brought into the fold fourth-round pick Kean Wong, a second baseman from Hawaii's Waiakea High School. His older brother, Kolten, was drafted in the first round by the Cardinals in 2011. The Rays also inked 33rd-round pick Hector Montes (third baseman, Southwestern College) and 40th-round pick Ryan Hensley (second base, Azusa Pacific University). The Rays have now signed 28 of their 41 Draft picks.
• The May 2 postponed game against the Royals has been rescheduled for Aug. 26 at 2:10 p.m. ET.
Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.