Rays Spring Training March 20

Evan Longoria started for the fourth consecutive game Friday against the Blue Jays.

“He’s feeling good,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said. “We’re going to keep him playing. Play in every game from here on out if he wants, as long as he feels good.”

When a reporter teased Cash that Longoria wanted to manager Saturday, Cash quipped: “That’s fine, too.”

Grant Balfour 38 pitches during a live batting practice on Friday. The veteran reliever will now take two days off before pitching in a game Monday against the Pirates. Balfour, who missed 18 days of camp leading up to his father’s death in Australia, said he felt fine Friday and noted: “I’m under the radar this year.”

As part of the Fifth Annual St. Petersburg International Baseball Series, a team of Rays prospects will host the Canadian Junior National Team at Tropicana Field on Sunday afternoon at 1:05.

The Rays entered Friday’s game on a 7-1 stretch that has seen the team hit .291 with 45 runs scored and 14 home runs. That golden road came to an end with an 11-5 loss to the Blue Jays on Friday that Cash called “probably our first ugly game” of the spring.

–Bill Chastain

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