The smile was the only answer needed when Evan Longoria was asked if he liked returning to his Southern California home. The 26-year-old star has enjoyed both family and the Angels' pitching staff every time he returns to the area where he grew up.

Longoria was born in Downey, Calif., about 30 minutes from Angels Stadium, and he has had a steady stream of family coming to the games.

"It's always great to come back home," Longoria said. "I enjoy coming back on the field in any capacity in front of people I grew up playing against or that I played with. It's always exciting, even just going out to batting practice and hearing the cheers. It pumps you up."