Longoria beats hitting slump barehanded

Longoria beats hitting slump barehanded

HOUSTON -- Evan Longoria ditched his batting gloves on Friday night and went 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs. He said he'd continue to bat barehanded on Saturday night.

"I guess I'll keep doing it until it starts hurting too much, or it stops working," Longoria said.

Longoria said he hadn't gone gloveless since his rookie year in 2008, but it's something he's tried before in his baseball career.

Entering Friday, the Rays' third baseman was hitting 4-for-37 in his previous 10 games.

"The game is more mental than it is physical, at this point," Longoria said.

Rays manager Joe Maddon said Longoria looked comfortable at the plate in the series opener. Maddon said he was encouraged that Longoria's base hit to right field was a line drive instead of a soft fly ball.

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"When guys are struggling in some way, they're always going to try something different," Maddon said. "The haircut's already occurred, so the batting gloves are the next step."

Longoria doubled in the first inning on Saturday, scoring Ben Zobrist, who had walked with one out, from first base.