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Trumbos 29th homer of the year was a no-doubt blast

ST. Saints Jersey From China . PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Shortstop Yunel Escobar and the Tampa Bay Rays have agreed to a two-year contract extension covering 2015 and 2016 worth a guaranteed $13 million. The deal announced Saturday also includes a club option for 2017. The extension replaces a 2015 club option. The 31-year Escobar played in a career-high 153 games and made 149 starts last season for the Rays. After establishing club records with a .989 fielding percentage and 53 consecutive errorless games at shortstop, he was a finalist for the American League Gold Glove Award. "Hes a really, really good player at a position thats extremely scarce around the game," Tampa Bay executive vice-president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said. Escobar brought up the idea of an extension with Friedman during spring training. "I really do feel happy here," Escobar said through an interpreter. "I think its one of the best things that ever happened in my career. Fortunately we were able to do something and get this contract." Over the previous three seasons, Escobars .982 fielding percentage at short ranks third in the majors -- with at last 400 starts -- behind Baltimores J.J. Hardy (.988) and Philadelphias Jimmy Rollins (.983). Last season Escobar hit. 256 with nine home runs, 56 RBIs and a career-high 27 doubles. He was acquired from Miami on Dec. 4, 2012, for infielder Derek Dietrich. Cheap Saints Jersey . "Trying to breathe," he said with a grin. Bernier stopped 42 of 43 shots on Monday night, including all 22 in a hectic middle frame, his heroic performance propelling the Leafs toward an undue point in their final game before the Christmas break. Cheap New Orleans Saints Jersey . -- Milos Raonic and Aleksandra Wozniak continued successful injury comebacks as each advanced into the fourth round of the BNP Paribas Open on Monday to next face reigning Grand Slam champions. TORONTO -- It was supposed to be a chance for Brett Cecil to show that he belongs in Torontos starting rotation. Instead it was a start that ended prematurely and set the Los Angeles Angels up for a 10-6 victory over the Blue Jays. Cecil (4-10) lost his sixth straight decision Tuesday in what has been a season to forget for the 25-year-old left-hander. He gave up four runs -- including a solo homer by former Jays slugger Vernon Wells -- and lasted only three innings. The 25-year-old left-hander wasnt expecting manager John Farrell to go to the bullpen so early. "Really surprised. I think thats why Im at a loss for words," a despondent Cecil said after the game. "I only had three innings to work. I just cant find the words to really explain anything right now. "The ball got up in the third inning and thats really it. I just dont know." Reliever Kyle Drabek didnt fare much better. He gave up a three-run homer to Mark Trumbo in the fourth and the Angels (84-70) were well on their way to a comfortable victory. "On a night we needed the runs, we got them," said Angels manager Mike Scioscia. Los Angeles still has a slim chance of catching Boston for the American League wild-card spot. The Angels are 3 1/2 games behind the Red Sox after Boston dropped a 7-5 decision to Baltimore on Tuesday night. The Tampa Bay Rays remained two games behind Boston after a 5-0 loss to New York. "Its a critical time for us to move forward and hopefully get a couple of guys swinging the bats to their capabilities and carry this thing through," Scioscia said. "Its in there. If our guys can swing the bats to their potential, its going to put us on a good run. "Needless to say, we need it." With the Jays (78-76) out of the playoff picture, these September games are a chance for players to show their skills as the team looks ahead to 2012. Cecil started off strong with three strikeouts in the first inning. But as has been the case throughout the season, his velocity wasnt quite there and the ball started to rise in the strike zone. The Angels took full advantage. "It was just the inconsistent location throughout the at-bats to where he had the inability to finish some guys off," Farrell said. "I didnt think his stuff was as sharp as it was the last time out." Cecil led the team with 15 wins last year but never got on track this year. He spent some time at triple-A Las Vegas and, despite a few decent starts since his return, hasnt really produced the way he was expected to. Farrell decided to pull Cecil aafter he threw over 30 pitches in the third inning. Saints Jersey China. "At that point I didnt see the crispness and the late action to the stuff, particularly against a right-handed dominant lineup," Farrell said. Wells launched his 23rd homer of the season just over the left-field wall in the second inning. He followed the rainbow shot with a ground-rule RBI double in the three-run third inning. Trumbos 29th homer of the year was a no-doubt blast to left-centre field. Drabek was tagged for six earned runs over two innings of work. Los Angeles starter Joel Pineiro (7-7) allowed four earned runs over six innings. Toronto opened the scoring in the first inning when Edwin Encarnacion drove in Mike McCoy with an RBI single. McCoy, who had three of Torontos 11 hits, also brought Colby Rasmus across with a run in the second inning. McCoy scored again in the seventh on an Encarnacion sacrifice fly, one of three Toronto runs in the inning. Eric Thames scored on a throwing error in the ninth to make it a four-run game. Cecils start was pushed back a few days after he cut his finger while cleaning a blender last Wednesday in Boston. He said the finger wasnt an issue against the Angels. Farrell handed the ball to four relievers in all, including Drabek, Shawn Camp, Joel Carreno and Danny Farquhar. Relievers Rich Thompson, Bobby Cassevah, Garrett Richards and Scott Downs worked in relief for the Angels, who had 15 hits on the night. Downs struck out Rasmus on three pitches to earn his first save of the season. A crowd of 13,514 took in the action at Rogers Centre and the game took three hours six minutes to play. Notes: Erick Aybar stole home in the fourth inning. It was the first time the Jays have allowed a straight steal of home since Tampa Bays B.J. Upton did it in July 2009. ... It was Cecils shortest start since a three-inning performance against Cincinnati in June 2009. ... The Blue Jays put shortstop Yunel Escobar on the 15-day disabled list with a swollen left elbow, a move retroactive to Sept. 11. ... Toronto will give Dustin McGowan (0-0, 7.50 earned-run average) the start on Wednesday night against fellow right-hander Dan Haren (15-9, 3.24). Toronto rookie Henderson Alvarez (1-2, 3.62) gets the nod in the home finale on Thursday night against Ervin Santana (11-12, 3.40). ... Singer-songwriter Dallas Green of City and Colour threw out the first pitch. ... The roof was open at Rogers Centre. The temperature was a comfortable 20 C when the game started at 7:07 p.m. ET. ' ' '

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