Home rented by Tampa Bay Rays players burglarized

Authorities in southwest Florida are investigating a burglary at

a home being rented by Tampa Bay Rays players Evan Longoria, David

Price and Reid Brignac during spring training.

According to the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office, the items

stolen Saturday were valued at nearly $56,000 and included jewelry,

cash, computer equipment and electronics.

An AK-47 rifle, which the sheriff’s office said was legal and

belonged to Longoria, was also taken from the home.

”It’s a personal item,” Longoria said Monday in Tampa, where

the Rays’ exhibition game against the New York Yankees was canceled

because of rain. ”Obviously they are going to say things that were

taken. I think everything within the house is personal, and we’ll

just leave it at that.”

Price was not with the team for the game. Brignac was not

available for comment.

The Sheriff’s Office said the players were away at a game

Saturday afternoon when someone entered the home through an

unlocked window.

”It’s definitely something that obviously you never want to

happen to you or your friends,” Longoria said. ”It’s just twice

in the past month and a half for me that something’s been taken. I

think all of us just hope that justice is served … and I think

we’re all just happy that everybody’s safe and nobody was injured

and we have an opportunity to move forward.”

The All-Star third baseman recently had a car stolen in

Arizona.

Longoria said the burglary will not be a distraction for the

players.

”This is hopefully just a one-day thing where we talk about

this and leave it behind us,” Longoria said. ”We didn’t lose

anything that’s going to prevent us from playing baseball. That’s

the focus. Hopefully we can find out who did this and move forward

from there.”