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Hellickson pushes Rays over Athletics

Hellickson pushes Rays over Athletics

Jeremy Hellickson picked up his first win in nearly a year, pitching the Tampa Bay Rays to a 7-3 win over the Oakland Athletics in the finale of a three-game set on Wednesday.
Marlins shut out the Rays

Marlins shut out the Rays

Henderson Alvarez notched his third shutout of the season as the Miami Marlins defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 1-0 on Tuesday.

Oakland Athletics defeat Tampa Bay Rays 3-2

Brandon Moss homered and the Oakland Athletics needed just one hit to take a 3-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday.
Rays blank the Mariners in pitchers' duel

Rays blank the Mariners in pitchers' duel

Jake Odorizzi fired six innings of one-hit ball and the Tampa Bay Rays blanked the Seattle Mariners, 2-0, in the finale of a three-game set.

Tampa Bay Rays rally past Mariners 2-1

Matt Joyce delivered the game-winning single in the top of the ninth inning to help the Tampa Bay Rays rally past the Seattle Mariners, 2-1.
Orioles comes out over Tampa Bay

Orioles comes out over Tampa Bay

Steve Pearce hit a two-run homer to help the Baltimore Orioles sweep a three-game series over the Tampa Bay Rays with a 3-1 win on Thursday.

Baltimore Orioles beat Tampa Bay Rays 3-1

Steve Pearce hit a two-run homer to help the Baltimore Orioles sweep a three-game series over the Tampa Bay Rays with a 3-1 win on Thursday.

MLB: Boston 3, Tampa Bay 1

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Oct. 9 (UPI) -- The Boston Red Sox topped the Tampa Bay Rays 3-1 Tuesday to advance to the American League Championship Series.

MLB: Tampa Bay 4, Cleveland 0

CLEVELAND, Oct. 3 (UPI) -- Alex Cobb pitched Tampa Bay out of persistent trouble Wednesday and the Rays advanced in the playoffs with a 4-0 victory over Cleveland.

MLB: Tampa Bay 5, Baltimore 1

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Sept. 21 (UPI) -- Desmond Jennings drove in four runs and Alex Cobb tossed eight solid innings Saturday in the Tampa Bay Rays' 5-1 victory over Baltimore.

MLB: Tampa Bay 5, Baltimore 4 (18 innings)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Sept. 21 (UPI) -- David DeJesus lined an RBI single to right-center with one out in the 18th inning early Saturday, giving the Tampa Bay Rays a 5-4 win over the Baltimore Orioles.

MLB: Tampa Bay 4, Texas 3 (12 inn.)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Sept. 19 (UPI) -- Desmond Jennings singled home Jose Lobaton from second with one out in the 12th inning Wednesday to give Tampa Bay a 4-3 win over Texas.

MLB: Tampa Bay 7, Minnesota 0

MINNEAPOLIS, Sept. 15 (UPI) -- Evan Longoria and Yunel Escobar each supplied two hits with an RBI Saturday and Tampa Bay kept pace in the AL wild-card race with 7-0 win over Minnesota.

MLB: Tampa Bay 3, Minnesota 0

MINNEAPOLIS, Sept. 13 (UPI) -- Chris Archer combined with three relievers on a five-hit shutout Friday that lifted Tampa Bay to a 3-0 win over Minnesota.

MLB: Tampa Bay 7, Los Angeles Angels 1

ANAHEIM, Calif., Sept. 4 (UPI) -- Matt Moore returned to the Tampa Bay rotation Tuesday and pitched the reeling Rays to a welcome 7-1 win over the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
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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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