ST. PETERSBURG Evan Longoria has heard the doubts and read the tweets that question his competiveness. But much as he'd like to, the catalyst of the Tampa Bay Rays can't answer the question that surfaces so often: When will he return to the lineup?
The one thing Longoria is adamant about, however, is that his season isn't over.
"I've seen a lot of reports, a lot of people talking about how my year is done I don't believe my year is done by any means," he told reporters Friday, prior to Boston's 3-1 win over the Rays in the opener of a three-game series at the Trop.
"But I wish I could give anybody a concrete time frame. There are a lot of things I can do. It feels sometimes I'm so close and sometimes I'm still so far away."
The power-hitting third baseman has been gone from the lineup since May 1, when he was batting .329 and appeared poised for a big season following his injury-plagued campaign of 2011. His prolonged absence has had a profound impact on the Rays, who have str...