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MLB: Los Angeles Angels 2, Tampa Bay 0

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Aug. 29 (UPI) -- Jason Vargas allowed two hits in seven innings Thursday in pacing the Los Angeles Angels to a 2-0 victory over Tampa Bay.

MLB: Toronto 6, Tampa Bay 2

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Aug. 17 (UPI) -- Adam Lind ripped two solo homers Saturday, helping the Toronto Blue Jays cool off Tampa Bay 6-2.

MLB: Tampa Bay 5, Toronto 4

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Aug. 16 (UPI) -- Jose Lobaton tripled home Yunel Escobar with one out in the ninth inning Friday to give Tampa Bay a 5-4 victory over Toronto.

MLB: Tampa Bay 4, San Francisco 3

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Aug. 4 (UPI) -- Sam Fuld's run-scoring single in the sixth inning put Tampa Bay ahead Sunday and the Rays hung on for a 4-3 interleague win over San Francisco.

MLB: Tampa Bay 5, Arizona 2

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., July 30 (UPI) -- Roberto Hernandez allowed two runs in a complete-game effort Tuesday, staking the first-place Tampa Bay Rays to a 5-2 interleague win over Arizona.

MLB: Tampa Bay 10, New York Yankees 6

NEW YORK, July 26 (UPI) -- Evan Longoria highlighted a six-run second inning with a two-run double Friday and Tampa Bay then battled to a 10-6 victory over the New York Yankees.

MLB: Tampa Bay 4, Minnesota 3 (13 innings)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., July 11 (UPI) -- Ben Zobrist's long single with two outs in the 13th inning Wednesday scored Yunel Escobar from second and gave Tampa Bay a 4-3 win over Minnesota.

MLB: Tampa Bay 7, Minnesota 4

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., July 8 (UPI) -- Yunel Escobar and Ben Zobrist each cracked a seventh-inning homer Monday, sending the streaking Tampa Bay Rays over Minnesota 7-4.

MLB: Tampa Bay 7, Houston 5 (11 innings)

HOUSTON, July 4 (UPI) -- Yunel Escobar had three RBI, including one on an 11th-inning double Thursday that helped the Tampa Bay Rays beat Houston 7-5.

MLB: Tampa Bay 8, Houston 0

HOUSTON, July 2 (UPI) -- David Price struck out 10 in his return from the disabled list and led the Tampa Bay Rays to an 8-0 whitewash of the Houston Astros Tuesday.

MLB: Tampa Bay 4, Detroit 3 (10 innings)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., June 29 (UPI) -- Yunel Escobar's RBI single in the bottom of the 10th inning drove in the winning run Saturday, propelling the Tampa Bay Rays over Detroit 4-3.

MLB: Toronto 3, Tampa Bay 0

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., June 26 (UPI) -- R.A. Dickey allowed just two hits for his first shutout of the year and was backed by two home runs in the Toronto Blue Jays' 3-0 win Wednesday over Tampa Bay.

MLB: Tampa Bay 8, New York Yankees 3

NEW YORK, June 20 (UPI) -- Evan Longoria hit two solo homers and drove in three runs Thursday in leading Tampa Bay to an 8-3 triumph over the New York Yankees.

MLB: Tampa Bay 11, Cleveland 3

CLEVELAND, June 2 (UPI) -- Yunel Escobar and Evan Longoria each belted a two-run homer Sunday and the Tampa Bay Rays pounded out 14 hits in their 11-3 win over Cleveland.

MLB: Tampa Bay 3, Miami 1

MIAMI, May 29 (UPI) -- Roberto Hernandez came within one out of a complete game Wednesday and gave up just three hits in lifting Tampa Bay to a 3-1 decision over Miami.
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Yunel Escobar
Atlanta Braves shortstop Yunel Escobar (19) warms up prior to the game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park in Washington on April 22, 2009. (UPI Photo/Mark Goldman)
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Yunel Aaron Escobar (born November 2, 1982, in Havana, Cuba) is a shortstop in Major League Baseball who plays for the Toronto Blue Jays.

Brayan Pena, a former teammate of Escobar with the Atlanta Braves, was Escobar's best friend growing up in Cuba, with the two boys often playing on the same team and sharing bats, gloves, and cleats.

The Braves drafted Escobar in the second round of the 2005 draft, 75th overall. "We saw him as a premium talent," said Roy Clark, Atlanta's scouting director. "A lot of clubs didn't feel that they had enough background ." Former Braves general manager John Schuerholz said he doesn't hesitate when he finds a Cuban who fits his team's needs. "I'm not a politician," Schuerholz said. "I'm a baseball general manager. We look for baseball talent wherever we can find it. And wherever it is, we go after it." Escobar's tense relationship with Cuban authorities in the aftermath of Peña's defection had limited his exposure to major league scouts. With little more than a few off-season workouts to draw upon, most teams were reluctant to take a chance on Escobar. The Braves, however, spoke with Pena, who had been called up to the majors to play for the Braves only days before Escobar was drafted in the 2005 draft. Braves officials asked Pena countless questions about everything from Escobar's skill set to his command of English to his family background. "The best recommendation we got was from Brayan," Clark says. Escobar received a $475,000 signing bonus.

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It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Yunel Escobar."
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