MLB: Washington 3, Atlanta 2 (12 inn.)

WASHINGTON, April 30 (UPI) -- Felipe Lopez' RBI single in the bottom of the 12th inning Wednesday delivered Washington a 3-2 victory over the Atlanta Braves.

MLB: Atlanta 3, Washington 0

WASHINGTON, April 11 (UPI) -- Tim Hudson allowed three hits over eight innings Friday and the Atlanta Braves handed Washington its eighth straight loss 3-0.

MLB: Colorado 4, Atlanta 3

DENVER, April 8 (UPI) -- Matt Holliday went 3-for-4 with two RBI Tuesday, boosting the Colorado Rockies to a 4-3 victory over the Atlanta Braves.

MLB: Colorado 2, Atlanta 1

DENVER, April 7 (UPI) -- Matt Holliday's two-run homer in the eighth inning Monday lifted the Colorado Rockies a 2-1 victory over the Atlanta Braves.

MLB: Atlanta 3, N.Y. Mets 1

ATLANTA, April 6 (UPI) -- John Smoltz out-dueled Johan Santana Sunday, enabling the Atlanta Braves to beat the New York Mets 3-1.

MLB: Atlanta 4, Florida 3

ATLANTA, Sept. 18 (UPI) -- Brian McCann singled in the winning run Tuesday as the Atlanta Braves nipped the Florida Marlins 4-3.

MLB: Atlanta 6, Colorado 5

ATLANTA, Aug. 5 (UPI) -- Yunel Escobar singled home the winning run in the 10th inning Sunday as the Atlanta Braves defeated the Colorado Rockies, 6-5. The score was tied from the seventh inning until Atlanta mounted an attack in the bottom of the 10th.

MLB: San Diego 8, Atlanta 5

SAN DIEGO, July 7 (UPI) -- Adrian Gonzalez scored the winning run on a throwing error by Yunel Escobar in the bottom of the seventh Saturday as the San Diego Padres beat Atlanta, 8-5.

MLB: Atlanta 5, LA Dodgers 2

LOS ANGELES, July 4 (UPI) -- Andruw Jones homered and Chipper Jones singled in two runs Wednesday as Atlanta ended a three-game skid with a 5-2 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

MLB: Atlanta 5, Cleveland 4

CLEVELAND, June 15 (UPI) -- Yunel Escobar doubled in two runs off C.C. Sabathia in the ninth inning Friday night, rallying the Atlanta Braves to a 5-4 victory over Cleveland.

MLB: Atlanta 5, Chi. Cubs 3

CHICAGO, June 2 (UPI) -- Andruw Jones drove in two runs Saturday, one with a solo homer, as the Atlanta Braves downed the Chicago Cubs 5-3.
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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)

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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