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Durable Longoria eyes 162-game season

CLEVELAND -- Friday night, Evan Longoria tied his careeer high (2013) with his 160th game played this season, and was again in the lineup Saturday night for a new career mark.

If he is in the lineup for the team's final game Sunday, he will become the third Rays player to play in every game, joining Delmon Young ('07) and Aubrey Huff ('03).

Longoria entered Saturday night's game as one of four players in the Major Leagues to play in every game this season, along with Atlanta's Freddie Freeman, Kansas City's Alcides Escobar, and San Francisco's Hunter Pence.

"He's come on real well since the All-Star break, particularly with RBIs," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "Keeping him well, we've always thought that was the key. And we did keep him well, and he's going to play. Barring anything unforeseen, he's going to play the whole season. Crazy game, it's hard to understand, but I'm really pleased with what he's done.

"I'm proud of what he's done since the break. I mean, here's a guy that was struggling through it, but never gave up. ... That speaks to his professional attitude."

Longoria has played in 240 straight games -- the second-longest active streak behind Pence (381), according to Elias -- since missing three games with plantar fasciitis, June 29-July 1, last season.

Bill Chastain is a reporter for
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