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Rays don't need Longoria to do heavy lifting

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Third baseman Evan Longoria expects to be close to 100 physically when he rejoins the Rays' lineup Tuesday after a month on the disabled list because of a left oblique strain.

Now he and the Rays hope he doesn't try to carry too much of the load.

Longoria acknowledged a desire to make up for lost time, but said he simply wants to do his part to keep the team, which was 15-11 in his absence, playing well.

"As a team we don't have anything to make up at this point, which is huge," Longoria said. "We just need to keep playing well and putting wins on the board.

"So that in itself is going to make things a lot easier for me, not having to press myself into trying to do something that I'm not capable of doing right now."

Rays manager Joe Maddon said he only wants Longoria to be an addition to what has been working pretty well for the Rays, given the production they've gotten from Sam Fuld, Johnny Damon, Matt Joyce, Ben Zobrist and B.J. Upton.

"The whole group has really found their collective confidence this past month," Maddon said. "So you'd like to believe by sticking Longo in their somewhere obviously it should make the group even better."

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