Extra bases

Extra bases

• Luke Scott (mild strain, right external oblique) played nine innings at first base Friday night for Class A Charlotte against St. Lucie (Mets) and went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and a two-run single. In six rehab games, he is 6-for-23 (.261) with two home runs and five RBIs.

Scott took Saturday night off and will DH for Charlotte on Sunday before reporting to the Rays. Chances are he will be activated Monday or Tuesday during the Rays' series against the Royals.

• Right-hander Jeff Niemann (fractured right fibula) is scheduled to start Sunday for Triple-A Durham against Gwinnett (Braves); he is expected to make two starts before re-joining the team.

• According to Baseball-Reference.com, Ben Zobrist leads the American League with 24.7 wins above replacement (WAR) over the last four seasons. He ranks second in the Major Leagues to Albert Pujols (who played for the Cardinals before going to the Angels prior to this season).

• Entering Saturday night's contest, the Rays were 9-2 and averaging 5.64 runs per game since Evan Longoria's return on Aug. 7. They averaged 2.5 runs per game in the previous 10 games before his return. Overall, the Rays are 23-10 and averaging 4.97 runs per game with Longoria and they are 42-44 with a 3.85 runs per game average without him.