ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. Kelly Johnsons recent outburst is no surprise to someone known for offensive displays of his own: Evan Longoria.
A day after Johnson, a Tampa Bay Rays infielderoutfielder, went 4 for 5 with two home runs and six RBI in a 10-6 victory over the Miami Marlins, the star third baseman praised his streaking teammate.
When asked if Johnsons numbers this season a .296 batting average with a team-high 10 home runs and 32 RBI surprised him, Longoria had a simple response.
No, not really, he said. I played against Kelly for half a year in Toronto. I had seen him play a ton in the past on TV. I know he is a talented guy, and he does a lot of things well.
Johnson, who played for the Toronto Blue Jays last season, agreed to a one-year, 2.45 million deal with the Rays in late January as a free agent. Before a game Tuesday against the Marlins at Tropicana Field, Johnson ranked second in the majors in May with 24 RBI, behind only the 29 produced by the Detroit Tigers M...