Rays Notes: More On B.J. Upton’s 100th, Longoria Set To Return
B.J. Upton and his brother Justin Upton each hit their 100th home run last night. Justin became the 755th player in MLB history with 100 home runs, B.J. the 756th. The brothers also hit their 99th career home runs on the same day, July 20th. The Upton brothers have homered on the same day 13 times in their career, including 10 times since 2011.
More B.J. Upton – with his 100th home run last night, Upton became the eighth player in MLB history with 100 home runs and 200 stolen bases before turning 28. The others: Rickey Henderson, Bobby Bonds, Barry Bonds, Cesar Cedeno, Lloyd Moseby, Hanley Ramirez, and Eric Davis.
Good news on the Evan Longoria front, as Longoria is expected to return to the Rays lineup on Tuesday. Longoria is initially expected to serve as the Rays designated hitter, and will be eased back into the field. Through 8 games at Durham, Longoria is 4-24 without 6 walks and 8 strikeouts.
Fernando Rodney pitched his 20th consecutive scoreless inning last night, which is the longest active streak among major league relievers.