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6:10, Trop­i­cana Field

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Pro­mo­tion: Burst Car Em­blem to first 15,000 fans I’ve seen a lot of quirky hap­pen­ings at the Trop, but I don’t re­call see­ing a base hit on a ball that struck the stair­way be­tween the A and B ring cat­walks. But that’s how Ce­sar Puello recorded a lead­off sin­gle in the fourth. It was his sixth hit since be­com­ing a Ray. He’ll take it. Looks like a line drive in the box score. Evan Lon­go­ria hit his 20th homer of the sea­son, a solo shot in the fifth. It was the fifth straight year Lon­go­ria has home­red at least 20 times and the ninth in his 10-year ca­reer. Only one other third base­man in ma­jor-league his­tory home­red with the same con­sis­tency: Hall of Famer Ed­die Mathews, who hit 20 in 14 con­sec­u­tive years. That Alex Cobb nearly shed tears Fri­day while ac­cept­ing the Cham­pion Award by the Tampa Bay chap­ter of the Base­ball Writ­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion of Amer­ica is a sign that even though a big pay­day awaits Cobb in free agency, it still means a whole heck of a lot to him to be a mem­ber of the or­ga­ni­za­tion.

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