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MLB: Tampa Bay 7, Miami 6

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., May 28 (UPI) -- Desmond Jennings drove in Kelly Johnson with the game-winning run in the ninth Tuesday and the Tampa Bay Rays rallied for a 7-6 interleague win over Miami.

MLB: New York Yankees 4, Tampa Bay 3 (11 innings)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., May 25 (UPI) -- Lyle Overbay belted a go-ahead homer in the 11th inning Saturday, capping a late rally that lifted the New York Yankees over Tampa Bay 4-3.

MLB: Toronto 7, Tampa Bay 5

TORONTO, May 20 (UPI) -- R.A. Dickey had a solid outing and Edwin Encarnacion had a tie-breaking, three-run double Monday in the Toronto Blue Jays' 7-5 win over the Tampa Bay Rays.

MLB: Tampa Bay 10, Baltimore 6

BALTIMORE, May 18 (UPI) -- Matt Joyce's go-ahead, two-run double ignited a six-run rally in the ninth inning that carried the Tampa Bay Rays over Baltimore 10-6 Saturday.

MLB: Tampa Bay 12, Baltimore 10

BALTIMORE, May 17 (UPI) -- Kelly Johnson drove in four runs Friday, three of them with a homer that helped bring Tampa Bay a wild 12-10 victory over Baltimore.

MLB: Tampa Bay 4, San Diego 2

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., May 12 (UPI) -- Roberto Hernandez threw six effective innings Sunday, staking the Tampa Bay Rays to a 4-2 win and three-game interleague sweep of San Diego.

MLB: Tampa Bay 8, San Diego 7

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., May 11 (UPI) -- Evan Longoria slammed a two-out homer in the bottom of the ninth Saturday, rallying the Tampa Bay Rays to an 8-7 interleague win over San Diego.

MLB: Tampa Bay 5, Toronto 4 (10 inn.)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., May 9 (UPI) -- Luke Scott worked a bases-loaded walk off Brad Lincoln to force in a run in the 10th inning Thursday and lift Tampa Bay over Toronto 5-4.

MLB: Kansas City 9, Tampa Bay 8

KANSAS CITY, Mo., May 2 (UPI) -- Jeff Francoeur finished off a five-run sixth inning with a two-run single Wednesday, highlighting Kansas City's wild 9-8 win over Tampa Bay.

MLB: Tampa Bay 5, New York Yankees 1

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., April 22 (UPI) -- Matt Moore handcuffed the Yankees over eight innings and Ryan Roberts homered twice Monday, propelling the Tampa Bay Rays over New York 5-1.

MLB: Tampa Bay 8, Oakland 1

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., April 21 (UPI) -- Roberto Hernandez notched his first win since 2011 Sunday, firing six innings of one-run ball in Tampa Bay's 8-1 series-sweeping victory over Oakland.

MLB: Boston 2, Tampa Bay 1 (10 innings)

BOSTON, April 13 (UPI) -- Shane Victorino's infield hit in the bottom of the 10th inning Saturday drove in the winning run and lifted the Boston Red Sox over Tampa Bay 2-1.

MLB: Texas 5, Tampa Bay 4

ARLINGTON, Texas, April 9 (UPI) -- Mitch Moreland and A.J. Pierzynski each homered and combined to go 5-for-7 Monday in the Texas Rangers' 5-4 win over Tampa Bay.

MLB: Tampa Bay 4, Cleveland 0

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., April 5 (UPI) -- Matt Moore combined with three relievers to throw a two-hitter Friday and Ben Zobrist had three RBI to bring Tampa Bay a 4-0 victory over Cleveland.

MLB OKs Toronto-Miami trade

NEW YORK, Nov. 19 (UPI) -- Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig Monday gave his blessing to the multi-player trade involving Miami and Toronto.
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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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