NEW YORK All-Star Evan Longoria hit a bases-loaded single in his return to the Tampa Bay lineup, and the AL East-leading Rays also fortified their pitching staff Saturday, recalling highly touted prospect David Price from Triple-A Durham.
Longoria started at third base and batted fifth in the opener of a day-night doubleheader against the New York Yankees. It was the rookie slugger's first action since he was hit by J.J. Putz's pitch on Aug. 7, breaking his right wrist.
YANKEES RECALL RHP HUGHES: The New York Yankees recalled pitcher Phil Hughes from Triple-A on Saturday, and he could start next week in search of his first win this season.
Hughes was expected to be a key member of New York's rotation this year but was 0-4 with a 9.00 ERA in six starts before being sidelined with a stress fracture in a rib. He struck out 12 in five innings Friday night to help Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre beat Durham 20-2, clinching the International League championship.
Hughes may start Wednesday night against the Chicago White Sox.
ANGELS MINOR LEAGUER SUSPENDED: Los Angeles Angels minor league pitcher Ryan Aldridge was suspended for 50 games Saturday after testing positive for an amphetamine.
The penalty will take effect at the start of next season.
The 25-year-old righty finished this year with Double-A Arkansas, going 2-0 with five saves and a 3.18 ERA in 17 relief appearances.
There have been 64 suspensions this year under the minor league program and two under the major league program.