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  1. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    Jul 31, 2013, 6:52 AM EST

    St Louis Cardinals v Pittsburgh Pirates - Game Two

    Pirates 2, Cardinals 1; Pirates 6, Cardinals 0: First. Place. Pirates. And the best record in baseball. A walkoff in the opener and a beatdown in the nightcap. Six straight losses by the reeling Cardinals, who lost Yadier Molina to the DL on top of it all. And maybe — just maybe — the end…

  2. Jarred Cosart dazzles in Major League debut against the Rays

    Jul 12, 2013, 10:00 PM EST

    Houston Astros v Tampa Bay Rays

    23-year-old Astros pitching prospect Jarred Cosart made his Major League debut tonight against the Rays. He carried a no-hit bid into the seventh inning, losing it on a one-out single to right field by Ben Zobrist. He went eight-plus innings, shutting out the Rays and out-dueling reigning AL Cy Young award winner David Price. Throughout…

  3. And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

    Jul 5, 2013, 6:16 AM EST

    Adam Dunn

    White Sox 3, Orioles 2: A walkoff homer for Adam Dunn won it, but seven shutout innings — with 11 strikeouts — from Jose Quintana helped make it possible. Athletics 1, Cubs 0: Offense-lovers need not apply. Dan Straily allowed only one hit in seven shutout innings. Travis Wood had six shutout innings of his…

  4. Is Dom Brown too much of a hot dog?

    Jun 6, 2013, 10:38 AM EST

    Domonic Brown

    Of course you might think a Braves fan is going to say that. Like I noted earlier, baseball fans are capable of some pretty amazing homerism and provincialism. But it’s not a Braves fan saying it this time. I don’t have any negative opinions of Dom Brown outside of his low walk total. As Bob…

  5. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

    Jun 3, 2013, 5:30 AM EST

    Domonic Brown

    Phillies 7, Brewers 5: Dom Brown homered and tripled and drove in four while Cliff Lee struck out 11 in seven and two-thirds. Philly is only one game behind the Nats right now, you guys. Why? Because … Braves 6, Nationals 3: … the Nats dropped two of three to Atlanta, with B.J. Upton of…

  6. Mental makeup matters for the Rays

    Jun 2, 2013, 2:30 PM EST

    Rays logo

    There’s no database that quantifies which team has the most knuckleheads on it. Anecdotally, however, it kinda feels like the Rays do. They’ve had a number of high-profile bad citizens — and worse — over the years. Josh Sale, Matt Bush, Toe Nash, imports like Josh Lueke and Yunel Escobar and many others have had…

  7. Your nominee for biggest jerk prospect of the year

    May 28, 2013, 2:30 PM EST

    Jerk Store

    Is the Rays’ Josh Sale. Who, as Deadspin reports, bragged on his Facebook page about throwing loose change at a stripper and then, using crappy grammar, called her a “hoe.” Too bad he’s hurt and hasn’t played a game this year. He’d fit nicely on a team that features Josh Leuke and Yunel Escobar.

  8. The best and worst from MLB lineups in 2013

    May 24, 2013, 6:21 PM EST

    Miguel Cabrera

    This is a quick look at the very best and worst each major league lineup spot has to offer this year. Posted along with each line is the player most responsible. We’ll start out with the good before moving on to the bad. 1. Reds: .292/.442/.517, 9 HR, 37 R, 20 RBI, 5 SB (Shin-Soo…

  9. Joe Maddon reverses himself on Yunel Escobar’s gesticulations

    May 22, 2013, 10:00 AM EST

    Tampa Bay Rays v Toronto Blue Jays

    On Monday Joe Maddon said he wasn’t pleased with Yunel Escobar making the “safe” sign as he crossed home plate following a home run in Monday’s loss. Last night he changed his mind on that. From Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times: “Some people point to the sky, he shows a safe sign. For…

  10. Shocker: Yunel Escobar does something kinda jerky

    May 21, 2013, 12:30 PM EST

    Tampa Bay Rays v Toronto Blue Jays

    I know it’s hard to believe that a guy who alienated his entire clubhouse in Atlanta and then made headlines buy putting homophobic slurs on his eyeblack in Toronto did something douchey, but in this case it actually happened. Yunel Escobar, ladies and gents, playing Jedi master to Jordany Valdespin‘s padawan, strutting after a home…

  11. Marlins call up Derek Dietrich to start at second base

    May 8, 2013, 1:50 PM EST

    Derek Dietrich

    Donovan Solano and Chris Valaika are injured, so the Marlins have called up prospect Derek Dietrich from Double-A to take over as their starting second baseman. Dietrich was the Rays’ second-round pick in 2010 and the Marlins acquired him in exchange for Yunel Escobar this offseason. While not considered a top prospect, Dietrich has put…

  12. Yunel Escobar leaves game with hand injury

    May 4, 2013, 10:55 PM EST

    Yunel Escobar

    Rays shortstop Yunel Escobar was forced out of tonight’s game against the Rockies after being hit on the left hand with a fastball thrown by Jon Garland. Escobar left immediately and Ryan Roberts came in to take his spot on first base. After the inning, Roberts took over at second base and Ben Zobrist moved…

  13. Yuniesky Betancourt is batting cleanup tonight

    Apr 27, 2013, 7:15 PM EST

    Yuniesky Betancourt

    Yuniesky Betancourt will be batting cleanup when his Brewers square off against the Dodgers tonight, tweets Tom Haudricourt. Betancourt is second on the team with four home runs and 16 runs batted in, so you can sorta kinda maybe understand manager Ron Roenicke’s thinking. It is, however, the first time in Betancourt’s career he will…

  14. Yovani Gallardo is going to pitch today. No one seems to care.

    Apr 18, 2013, 8:20 AM EST

    Brewers Gallardo Arrested

    Yovani Gallardo is three days removed from blowing a .22 BAC in the wee wee hours. Today’s pitching matchup in the Giants-Brewers game: Matt Cain vs. Yovani Gallardo. As far as baseball is concerned, Gallardo getting behind the wheel at three times the legal limit is a non-event. There has been and will be zero discipline…

  15. Joe Maddon: “I think the bunt is an overrated play”

    Apr 13, 2013, 10:01 PM EST

    Joe Maddon

    The Rays are having trouble scoring runs. The Joe Maddon-led bunch entered this afternoon’s game with the Red Sox having scored 32 in nine games, the third-worst rate in the American League. The Rays managed just one more run in ten innings against Jon Lester and the Sox bullpen today. In the top of the…

  16. 2013 Preview: Tampa Bay Rays

    Mar 18, 2013, 5:51 PM EST

    Evan Longoria

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2013 season. Up next: The Tampa Bay Rays. The Big Question: is this the year Evan Longoria challenges for the MVP award? Longoria has…

  17. 2013 preview: Miami Marlins

    Mar 15, 2013, 12:00 PM EST

    Giancarlo Stanton

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2013 season. Up next: The Miami Marlins. The Big Question: Can the Marlins recover from their latest fire sale? A little over a year…

  18. Rays may be looking to trade infielder Reid Brignac

    Feb 3, 2013, 11:57 AM EST

    reid brignac getty

    According to beat writer Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, there was “some chatter last week” around the Rays organization that a trade could be in the works involving utility infielder Reid Brignac. Brignac is a steady defender and is capable of playing all around the diamond, but he batted just .095 with a…

  19. Bargain-hunting Rays still have some holes

    Jan 18, 2013, 7:53 PM EST

    Joe Maddon, Andrew Friedman

    The Rays have spent some money this winter, adding Yunel Escobar for shortstop, James Loney for first base and Roberto Hernandez to the pitching staff. Their rotation is fine even with James Shields gone and the infield might be set, if Ben Zobrist plays second base, but the team still has some needs as is.…

  20. Rays work out trade with Marlins for shortstop Yunel Escobar

    Dec 4, 2012, 10:43 PM EST

    yunel escobar getty

    From CBS Sports’ Danny Knobler comes word that the Rays and Marlins are close to a trade that will send shortstop Yunel Escobar to Tampa Bay in exchange for infield prospect Derek Dietrich. Escobar was acquired by the Marlins as part of last month’s blockbuster trade with the Blue Jays, but Miami never really planned…

  21. Yunel Escobar a possibility for Rays, A’s and Red Sox

    Dec 4, 2012, 6:31 PM EST

    Yunel Escobar

    While there are bigger names out there to be had, perhaps no player is more likely to be traded this week than new Marlins infielder Yunel Escobar. Escobar was mostly included in the Jose Reyes-Josh Johnson megadeal for salary purposes, and the Marlins have been intent on moving him since the day they picked him…

  22. Athletics considering free agent shortstops Stephen Drew and Hiroyuki Nakajima

    Dec 3, 2012, 8:32 PM EST

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    The Athletics could be involved in trade talks with the Marlins for Yunel Escobar, but they are also keeping their eyes on the free agent market. According to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, Athletics general manager Billy Beane said this evening that Stephen Drew and Hiroyuki Nakajima are the two free agent shortstop…

  23. Ricky Nolasco wants to be traded

    Dec 3, 2012, 7:32 PM EST

    ricky nolasco getty

    After watching the Marlins dismantle their roster over the past few months, Ricky Nolasco‘s agent, Matt Sosnick told ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick today that his client wants to be traded: “Ricky and I have spoken a lot since the end of the season,” Sosnick said. “Just watching the way the offseason has transpired for the Marlins…

  24. The Marlins are shopping Yunel Escobar

    Dec 3, 2012, 7:20 PM EST

    Yunel Escobar

    UPDATE: Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Rays are pursuing Escobar and that the A’s could also be in play. 7:20 PM: The Marlins acquired Yunel Escobar last month as part of the 12-player blockbuster with the Blue Jays, but he was never expected to be long for Miami, as he’s owed $5 million…

  25. Bud Selig approves Marlins-Blue Jays blockbuster citing “plausible baseball judgment”

    Nov 19, 2012, 3:20 PM EST

    Bud Selig

    Commissioner Bud Selig has signed off on the blockbuster Marlins-Blue Jays trade one week after Miami agreed to send Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle, Josh Johnson, John Buck, and Emilio Bonifacio to Toronto for Adeiny Hechavarria, Yunel Escobar, Henderson Alvarez, Jeff Mathis, Justin Nicolino, Jake Marisnick, and Anthony Desclafani. There was some speculation that Selig might…

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