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Rays' Scott ends hitless streak in style, with a homer

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Tampa Bay Rays designated hitter Luke Scott didn't hide his happiness when he ended his franchise-record 0-for-41 streak with a two-run homer Friday.

And the rest of the Rays shared theirs, with handshakes, hugs and a call from the bullpen.

"Luke's such a great guy," right-hander Alex Cobb said. "Seeing everyone come up and congratulate him like that was a neat thing."

Scott, who collected his previous hit June 1, on Thursday broke the team record of 0-for-37, which had been held by Jose Cruz Jr. He was five hitless at-bats from tying the modern-day, position-player record before he went deep off the Cleveland Indians' Justin Masterson in the third inning Friday.

"Just take a 300-pound gorilla and pull it off my back. It's just been a lot of weight, a lot of pressure," Scott said.

"You could just imagine, 0-for-whatever that was, in the baseball world, that's not easy to live through," manager Joe Maddon said after the Rays beat the Indians 10-3. "He wore that as well as that could be worn. He was still supportive of everybody else. He still came out and did his work. He wasn't crying, he wasn't blaming everybody else."

The record for all-time futility among position players is 0-for-46, set by Eugenio Velez with the San Francisco Giants in 2010 and the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2011. Velez's major league streak is technically still active, as the utility man is playing for the Cardinals' Class AAA Memphis affiliate this year.
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