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Young fan Paulk gets tour led by Longoria

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ST. PETERSBURG -- Evan Longoria hosted a special guest on Wednesday when he had Colton Paulk at his locker prior to the Yankees-Rays game at Tropicana Field.

Paulk, 6, has Hodgkin's lymphoma, and Longoria is the youngster's favorite player on his favorite team. The Children's Dream Fund arranged for Paulk to meet his hero.

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ST. PETERSBURG -- Evan Longoria hosted a special guest on Wednesday when he had Colton Paulk at his locker prior to the Yankees-Rays game at Tropicana Field.

Paulk, 6, has Hodgkin's lymphoma, and Longoria is the youngster's favorite player on his favorite team. The Children's Dream Fund arranged for Paulk to meet his hero.

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Once Paulk arrived to the Rays' clubhouse, Longoria met him and took him on a tour. Not only did Paulk get a tour, he found a locker with his name on it.

Tweet from @RaysBaseball: Colton, our buddy from @ChildDreamFund, took a clubhouse tour with @Evan3Longoria after BP-and found a locker with his name on it! #RaysUp pic.twitter.com/FwMo1oLHpJ

Paulk, who hails from Winter Haven, Fla., attended the game with his father, Bobby; mother, Lyndsay; and step-sister, Kaydance.

Colton loves baseball and was a pitcher on his T-ball team last season. He was diagnosed with blood cancer in March, two days after his birthday, and has been undergoing chemotherapy and radiation since.

With only one more radiation treatment to go, Colton looks forward to finally being able to play his favorite sport again.

Bill Chastain has covered the Rays for MLB.com since 2005.

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