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Longoria returns for finale vs. Yankees

Updated: June 8, 2009, 6:37 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Evan Longoria returned to the Tampa Bay Rays' starting lineup after missing nearly a week with an injured left hamstring.

The All-Star third baseman was scheduled to start Monday night's series finale at Yankee Stadium and bat third.

"He came in. He was adamant. He felt ready to go today, so we threw him out there," Rays manager Joe Maddon said.

Since injuring the leg while running out a grounder last Tuesday, Longoria had been limited to a pair of pinch-hitting appearances ...

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