Posted June 14, 2013 on AP on Fox
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Tampa Bay slugger Evan Longoria was the Rays' designated hitter for the second straight game Friday night due to a sore right foot. Longoria says he has been bothered by plantar fasciitis for probably the past two weeks. ''I'm kind of getting to the point where I really don't feel like I'm doing it any good to go out there and run around on it, so I can DH and still be effective,'' Longoria said. ''We've had some long games, and one of those games in the Boston series (earlier this week) I was hurting by the end of the game. It's something I haven't dealt with before. It's pretty painful.'' Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon said the third baseman could be limited to DH through a weekend home series with Kansas City. The Rays are off Monday before starting a road trip Tuesday at Boston. ''Our hope is that with a couple DH games and then the day off going into Boston that should give it enough time to be fine and I should be back out there,'' Longoria said. Kelly Johnson, who played third base for the first time in the majors on Thursday, filled in defensively again Friday for Longoria.
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