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Longoria in the lineup for back-to-back games


PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Evan Longoria was in the lineup Sunday, which was the first time this spring he has played in back-to-back games.

"It was just a matter of setting it up," Rays manager Joe Maddon said, noting that Longoria will be off on Monday, will play Tuesday, then the team has an off-day on Wednesday. "Right now we're going to give him Wednesday and Thursday off and come back on Friday. It was just a matter of planning right now and he felt pretty good, so we decided to do it."

Longoria said he has felt fine during games and he has expressed to bench coach Davey Martinez that he could play a few more innings to get another at-bat or two. Longoria wants to gain confidence that he can push himself in the later innings when his legs are tired, but he believes that will come later in camp.

"I feel pretty good right now," Longoria said. "And I feel after another 40 at-bats, I'll be where I want to be."

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