Evan Longoria sidelined again Sunday with sore wrist

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Rays third baseman Evan Longoria was held out of Saturday’s game against the Mariners and he won’t play in Sunday’s series finale due to soreness in his left wrist. Tampa Bay is off Monday, and manager Kevin Cash said he’s hoping that a three-day period of rest will help Longo get over the minor injury.

Jake Elmore is at the hot corner and leading off for the Rays on Sunday afternoon at Safeco Field.

Longoria, 29, has batted .273/.351/.414 with five home runs, 25 RBI, and 27 runs scored in 55 games this season. Tampa Bay entered play Sunday just 1 1/2 games back of the Yankees in the American League East standings with a record of 30-27. Not bad for a team that has seen all sorts of turnover.

Brad Ausmus interviewing for Astros manager job

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I did the Handsome Managers list in December. Thought I had moved on. Thought I’d never have to think about him again. But here is, walking right back in my door: Brad Ausmus is interviewing for the vacant Astros manager job. So reports Brian McTaggart of MLB.com.

Ausmus played for the Astros longer than he played for any other team in the bigs, notching ten years of service in two stints and playing on the 2005 NL Pennant-winning club. As a manager, you know, that he led the Tigers for four seasons and was the Angels’ skipper last year.

Houston has already interviewed Dusty Baker for the job. They’ll presumably want someone in place before spring training begins in a few weeks.