Tampa Bay Rays Wiretap
Matt Garza acknowledged it was more than coincidence than he hit Mark Teixeira the inning after Yankees starter Joba Chamberlain threw a pitch at the head of Evan Longoria, and noted the Yankees threw inside to Longoria and hit him Monday too. ?I just kind of got tired of people brushing him back,?? Garza said. ?It?s about time someone made a statement. They did it on Monday night and we didn?t do anything, they didn?t do it too much (Tuesday) and (Chamberlain) did it again tonight. ?I hate to be that guy, but someone had to take a stand and say, ?You know, we?re tired of it.? You can go after our best guy, well, we?ll make some noise too, and that?s what happened.??
The Yankees defeated the Rays on Monday night, and there is a belief around baseball that Tampa Bay could become sellers if New York completes a sweep.
"If Tampa losses three straight to the Yankees you might not only remove one bidder from the process, you might have a team suddenly making their pitching even more available, notably (Scott) Kazmir," an American League executive told The New York Post.
Heading into Tuesday night's game, the Yankees held a 7 1/2 game lead over the Rays in the AL East.
Jason Bartlett hit an RBI double in the 12th inning to cap Tampa Bay's franchise-record comeback over Toronto on Saturday.
"That was a great game for us," Rays first baseman Carlos Pena said. "It's an incredible boost to our confidence."
The Blue Jays led 9-1 in the seventh inning before the Rays scored 4 runs in the seventh and 2 runs in both the eighth and ninth.
Scott Kazmir has heard his name pop up in trade rumors, but made it known that he would prefer to stay with the Rays.
The Angels have been mentioned as a possible suitor and while the Rays haven't given any indication that they are looking to deal the pitcher, he expressed his disappointment on Friday.
"I thought when I signed, it was kind of a bargain deal (for the team). And I'd be good to go, and I'd be here for a long time, at least until my contract ends," Kazmir told the St. Petersburg Times. "But who knows? That's baseball."
Kazmir has at least two years and $22.5 million remaining on his contract.
The Rays aren't against trading Scott Kazmir, and the Angels appear intent on adding an arm to their starting rotation.
ESPN.com is reporting that Tampa Bay has done a good amount of scouting on the farm system of the Angels, which could mean that the two teams are discussing a deal.
Tampa Bay has reportedly remained in contact with the Blue Jays and Indians about Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee, respectively.
Because of that, it appears as though a three-team deal could be a possibility.
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