Bradenton police arrested the unidentified man of Cuban heritage
in the top of the seventh inning and said he had been charged with
trespassing, assault and starting affray.
The fan shouted obscenities in Spanish about the Castro regime in
reaction to the Rays' trip to Cuba, the first visit by a major
league team to the communist country since 1999. He tossed a beer
bottle and a Pepsi bottle into the dugout, with one exploding on the
back wall. Earlier, he was spotted shouting obscenities at the team
The Tampa Bay Times reported that Rays third-base coach Charlie
Montoyo detained the man, who jumped over a wall near the end of the
dugout, and held him until police arrived.
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The Atlanta Braves acquired left-handed reliever Eric O'Flaherty
from the Pittsburgh Pirates for cash considerations on Sunday.
O'Flaherty, 31, was fighting for a spot in the Pirates' bullpen this
spring training after signing a minor league deal last month. He
allowed eight runs (three earned) on 15 hits over 9 1/3 innings in
10 appearances this spring.
O'Flaherty, a 10-year veteran, pitched for the Braves from 2009-13.
O'Flaherty, who had Tommy John surgery in 2013, has a career 22-11
record with a 3.24 ERA over 369 1/3 innings in 435 appearances with
the Seattle Mariners, Braves, Oakland Athletics and New York Mets.
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The New York Yankees released outfielder Chris Denorfia after he
opted out of his minor league contract.
The 35-year-old Denorfia
would have earned $1 million if he had made the major league roster.
He hit just .200 in 25 at-bats, with one home run and five RBIs this
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Denorfia has spent 10 years in the major leagues with the Cincinnati
Reds, Oakland Athletics, San Diego Padres, Seattle Mariners and
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St. Louis Cardinals third base coach Jose Oquendo, who recently
underwent right knee surgery, is taking a medical leave of absence,
the team announced.
Oquendo, 52, is the longest tenured coach on the Cardinals' staff.
He has been part of the team's major league coaching staff since
1999, including the past 16 seasons as third base and infield coach.
Also, the Cardinals trimmed six players off the spring-training
roster after Sunday's game.
The Cardinals optioned pitchers Tim Cooney, Dean Kiekhefer, Miguel
Socolovich and Sam Tuivailala and catcher Mike Ohlman to Triple-A
Memphis. The club also reassigned first baseman-outfielder David
Washington to minor league camp. (Editing by Andrew Both)
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