Storylines: Rays' Escobar latest to receive extension
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Here are the stories from Saturday, April 5th.
- The Rays have signed shortstop Yunel Escobar to a two-year extension. The deal will guarantee Escobar $13 million and includes a $7 million club option for 2017 with a $1 million buyout.
- Tribe manager Terry Francona noted that he has discussed a possible Minor League rehab assignment with designated hitter Jason Giambi. The current plan is to have Giambi play at least two rehab games.
- Centerfielder Michael Bourn played in game one of a doubleheader for Triple-A Columbus on Saturday, going 1-3.
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- Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinal reported that Ryan Braun is being bothered by nerve damage to the base of his thumb.
- The Pirates announced that they have extended the contracts of manager Clint Hurdle and general manager Neal Huntington through 2017 with club options for 2018.
- Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a hamstring injury.
- The Cubs are attempting to find minority partners to support renovations to Wrigley Field.
- Infielder Pedro Ciriaco was designated for assignment by the Royals. The move made room on the Kansas City 40-man roster for righty Aaron Brooks.
- The Blue Jays designated reliever Jeremy Jeffress for assignment in order to add righty Marcus Walden to the 40-man roster.