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Longoria taking on more of leadership role

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- With five Major League seasons under his belt, Evan Longoria is now one of the Rays' elder statesmen. The 27-year-old told himself coming into Spring Training this season that he would "do a better job at meeting the new guys and just making myself available for them."

"I don't really want to be the vocal leader, that's never been me," Longoria said. "I've always been the guy to lead by example and just go about my business and go that way. But I did kind of tell myself to make a point of introducing myself and letting [my new teammates] know that we're happy to have them here -- doing the same thing that Joe [Maddon] does. Having that open-door policy and making myself available if they have any questions about the way that the team runs or the way that the organization runs, stuff like that."

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