Tag:Willy Aybar
Posted on: December 3, 2010 12:28 am
Edited on: April 18, 2011 11:37 am

Russell Martin among those non-tendered

The deadline to tender contracts was Thursday night at 11:59 p.m., and here's the players who were not tendered contracts and are now free agents:

A's: Edwin Encarnacion, Jack Cust, Travis Buck

Angels: Kevin Frandsen

Astros: Sammy Gervacio

Blue Jays: Jeremy Accardo, Fred Lewis

Braves: Matt Diaz

Brewers: Todd Coffey, Joe Inglett

Diamondbacks: Blaine Boyer, Ryan Church, Augie Ojeda, D.J. Carrasco

Dodgers: Russell Martin, George Sherrill, Trent Oeltjen

Giants: Eugenio Velez, Chris Ray

Mariners: Ryan Rowland-Smith

Marlins: Jose Veras, Ronny Paulino

Mets: Chris Carter, Sean Green, John Maine

Nationals: Wil Nieves, Joel Peralta, Chein-Ming Wang

Orioles: Matt Albers

Padres: Scott Hairston, Tony Gwynn Jr., Luis Perdomo, Matt Antonelli

Pirates: Lastings Milledge, Argenis Diaz, Donnie Veal, Brian Burres

Rangers: Dustin Nippert

Rays: Lance Cormier, Willy Aybar, Dioner Navarro, J.P. Howell

Red Sox: Hideki Okajima, Taylor Buchholz, Andrew Miller

Rockies: Manny Delcarmen

Royals: Josh Fields

Tigers: Zach Miner

White Sox: Bobby Jenks, Erick Threets

Yankees: Alfredo Aceves, Dustin Mosley

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 7, 2010 12:28 pm

Rays lineup; Baldelli off roster

Many around baseball were smiling to see Rocco Baldelli in the Rays' lineup Wednesday -- the guy has been through a lot, and he's a great story and a good guy.

Well, Baldelli's postseason stint was short-lived, as the Rays took him off the roster for medical reasons. He's suffering "left leg fatigue" as a result of his mitochondrial disorder that causes muscle weakness. Willy Aybar, starting at DH today, replaces Baldelli on the roster. Baldelli must sit out the next series but would be eligible for the World Series.

Here's today's lineup. Check back for a complete matchup report on the game.

Jason Bartlett SS
B.J. Upton CF
Carl Crawford LF
Evan Longoria 3B
Ben Zobrist 1B
Willy Aybar DH
Kelly Shoppach C
Sean Rodriguez 2B
Desmond Jennings RF
James Shields RHP

-- David Andriesen

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Category: MLB
Posted on: September 23, 2010 11:03 pm

Vazquez joins plunkers' club

Javier Vazquez
It's not a club you'd really want to be a part of, but hey, at least it's exclusive.

Yankees right-hander Javier Vazquez tied a major-league record Thursday by hitting three consecutive batters, plunking Tampa Bay's Desmond Jennings, Willy Aybar and Kelly Shoppach in order in the seventh inning.

It made him the seventh member (and just the fifth since 1900) of the Nuke LaLoosh Society, and one was quick to welcome him with punch and cookies. Journeyman C.J. Nitkowski, now playing in Korea, wrote "Wecome aboard Javy!" on his Twitter page.

Vazquez does meet one of the apparent modern-day requirements of membership in the club, which is having played with Nitkowski. The two were teammates on the Yankees in 2004. Nitkowski also played with Steve Sparks and Jeff Weaver. Dock Ellis, Pink Hawley, Wilbur Wood and Walter Thornton all were before Nitkowski's time.

Of course, it would be tough to find someone from his era who did not share a clubhouse at some point with Nitkowski. He played at the major-league level with eight organizations and was in three others.

Vazquez's struggles could land him another historic footnote: making $11.5 million this season, he might well go down as the highest-salaried healthy player ever to be left off his team's playoff roster.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: September 7, 2010 1:17 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 12:05 pm

Rays test their bench

Joe Maddon How about this for a record you didn't know existed?

Monday night the Rays tied a major-league record by using six pinch hitters in one inning. It was the ninth time that's happened -- and the seventh in September, when rosters expand.

Joe Maddon did it in the seventh inning of Monday's game in Boston because his team was being blown out and wanted to give his regulars some rest and get his bench players some at-bats.

"They all looked good up there. We like our depth, we like our bench," Maddon told the St. Petersburg Times ' Marc Topkin . "I want to keep them sharp, I've got to get them out there. Hopefully as we proceed and hopefully make the playoffs we're going to have to make a lot of tough decisions regarding who those 25 people are going to be, so these guys have got to play. If they're going to contribute the rest of this month they just can't sit on the bench."

How'd it work? Well enough for six pinch hitters to get to bat -- as well as three starters -- who accounted for two of the three outs. None of the starters got a hit, with Carlos Pena walking. The pinch hitters went 3 for 4 with two walks, scoring all three runs in the inning.

Here's how it went down:

The Red Sox started the inning with Robert Coello replacing starter Jon Lester.

Dan Johnson, batting for Ben Zobrist, singled to center.

Kelly Shoppach flied out to center.

Matt Joyce, batting for B.J. Upton, singled to right.

Willy Aybar, batting for Jason Bartlett, singled to center, loading the bases.

Brad Hawpe, batting for Carl Crawford, walked, scoring a run.

Desmond Jennings, batting for Evan Longoria, walked, scoring a run.

The Red Sox pulled Coello and put in Dustin Richardson.

Carlos Pena walked, scoring a run.

Out goes Richardson, in comes Scott Atchison.

Reid Brignac, batting for Sean Rodrgiuez, pops out to first.

Rico Baldelli flied out to end the inning.

The last team to use six pinch hitters in an inning was the Mariners in 2007 and the last two do it in a non-September game was the Expos in May of 1970.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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