Evan Longoria does DH duty for Rays, a day after hit by pitch forces early exit


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ST. PETERSBURG, Florida — Evan Longoria will be the designated hitter for the Tampa Bay Rays, one day after getting hit on the left hip by a pitch.

The third baseman got a break from playing the field in Friday night's game against the New York Yankees. He left Thursday night's game in Toronto in the eighth inning because of a bruise.

"Hopefully a day and he'll be back out there," Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "But he got squared up pretty good in kind of an awkward spot."

Tampa Bay made a series of moves Friday.

Left-handed reliever Jeff Beliveau was put on the 15-day disabled list because of a sore shoulder and outfielder Mikie Mahtook was optioned to Triple-A Durham. Left-hander C.J. Riefenhauser and infielder Ryan Brett were both recalled from Durham.

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