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Evan Longoria does DH duty for Rays, a day after hit by pitch forces early exit

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ST. PETERSBURG, Florida — Evan Longoria will be the designated hitter for the Tampa Bay Rays, one day after getting hit on the left hip by a pitch.

The third baseman got a break from playing the field in Friday night's game against the New York Yankees. He left Thursday night's game in Toronto in the eighth inning because of a bruise.

PHOTO: Tampa Bay Rays' Evan Longoria moves out of the way of an inside pitch from Toronto Blue Jays' Aaron Sanchez during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Thursday, April 16, 2015 in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)  MANDATORY CREDIT
Tampa Bay Rays' Evan Longoria moves out of the way of an inside pitch from Toronto Blue Jays' Aaron Sanchez during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Thursday, April 16, 2015 in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

"Hopefully a day and he'll be back out there," Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "But he got squared up pretty good in kind of an awkward spot."

Tampa Bay made a series of moves Friday.

Left-handed reliever Jeff Beliveau was put on the 15-day disabled list because of a sore shoulder and outfielder Mikie Mahtook was optioned to Triple-A Durham. Left-hander C.J. Riefenhauser and infielder Ryan Brett were both recalled from Durham.

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