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Three Rays are victims of burglary

Authorities in southwest Florida are investigating a burglary at a Port Charlotte 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, also was taken from the home.

"It's a personal item," Longoria said yesterday in Tampa, where the Rays' exhibition game against the 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."

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.''

The All-Star third baseman recently had a car stolen in Arizona. Longoria said the burglary will not be a distraction for the players.

Treanor dealt to Royals

The Kansas City Royals acquired catcher Matt Treanor from the Texas Rangers for cash. Treanor, 35, played in a career-high 82 games for Texas last season and hit .211 with five homers and 27 RBIs. He homered off CC Sabathia in last year's American League Championship Series against the Yankees . . . Veteran pitchers Mark Hendrickson, David Riske and Rick VandenHurk were designated for assignment by the Baltimore Orioles. In addition, outfielder Randy Winn asked for his unconditional release and the Orioles complied. -- AP


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