Rays Notes: Shelley Duncan Accepts Assignment, Evan Longoria Gets to Play in Front of Family

By David Hill

Well, it’s official – Shelley Duncan will be playing for Durham for the foreseeable future, barring injury. Duncan accepted his assignment to AAA after clearing waivers. Despite a rough .182/.297/.309 batting line, he had displayed solid patience, with nine walks. But for now, Duncan will be looking to get himself going in the minors while awaiting another opportunity.

With the Rays playing the Rockies in Colorado, Evan Longoria finds himself at least a bit closer to his family out on the west coast. Some of his family made the trek to Colorado to see him play, something they may not have a lot of chances to do. Here, Evan’s uncle talks about getting to see his nephew playing for the Rays. In front of his family, Longoria went 1-4 with an RBI and a walk in the 7-4 extra inning victory.

Another fun fact about last night – the Rays were the only American League East team not to get shut out in their game. Considering some of the struggles the Rays have had this year on offense, perhaps this come from behind victory and the knowledge that they infinitely outscored the rest of the division will help jumpstart the team.

Finally, this tweet from Mark Topkin may say everything that needs to be said about how much last night’s victory meant to the team: