ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. James Loney is often a man of few words. He has become one of the Tampa Bay Rays most dependable infield gloves, and since an offensive outbreak in late April that has carried through most of the season, his hitting skill has become an asset for his team as well.
Just do not expect deep self-reflection about his personal achievements, such as when he was asked about extending his career-high hitting streak to 16 games Friday.
Yeah, I think about it every day, said Loney, his sarcasm obvious, after the Rays 8-3 victory over the Chicago White Sox at Tropicana Field.
The sustained success might not cross his mind, but Loneys impact has been felt since he began this streak June 19 in a victory against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. He passed his previous career-high hitting streak of 15 games, set from March 31-April 16, 2008, when he played for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
On Friday, Loney smacked a single to right field off right-hander Dylan Axelrod in t...