Description: Tampa Bay shortstop Yunel Escobar has a .381 average against Royals starter Wade Davis.
Insight: Escobar is 8-for-21 with two doubles and four walks against Davis. The shortstop is just 1-for-15 (.067) over his last five games, but seeing Davis Sunday should help him get back on track.
6/13/2013 10:55:00 AM
Description: Tampa Bay shortstop Yunel Escobar is a .412 hitter in 17 at-bats versus Ervin Santana.
Insight: Escobar is 7-for-17 with four RBI against the Royals right-hander. The shortstop's overall numbers -- .251, five homers, 27 RBIs -- aren't anything special, but they look much better if you remove his 7-for-59 (.119) slump to start the season. Since then, he's hitting .304 with five homers, 24 RBI, a 14/13 K/BB and an .828 OPS.
6/6/2013 10:25:00 AM
Description: Tampa Bay shortstop Yunel Escobar has done well against Tigers righthander Max Scherzer.
Insight: Escobar hasn't been overly impressive this season (.245, 5 HR, 26 RBI) but fantasy owners can't ignore his strong numbers versus Scherzer (.423 lifetime average). If you've been keeping Escobar on your bench, today would be the day to start him.
5/30/2013 11:28:00 AM
Description: Rays shortstop Yunel Escobar has a .370 career average against Marlins starter Ricky Nolasco.
Insight: Escobar is 10-for-27 with three doubles and a homer against Nolasco. The shortstop is only batting .232 this season, but that includes him going 4-for-45 (.089) over his first 13 games. Since that season-opening slump, Escobar is hitting .286 with four homers and 21 RBI in 34 games.
5/6/2013 2:20:00 PM
Description: Rays shortstop Yunel Escobar (hand) is not expected back until Wednesday at the earliest due to a left hand contusion, according to beat writer Marc Topkin.
Insight: Escobar was hit in the left hand and had to leave Saturday's game. X-rays came back negative. He hasn't been very good this season, batting just .174 with a pair of homers and seven RBI.
5/4/2013 10:23:00 PM
Description: Rays shortstop Yunel Escobar (hand) is day-to-day with a left hand contusion, according to beat writer Marc Topkin.
Insight: Escobar was hit in the left hand and had to leave Saturday's game. X-rays came back negative.
5/4/2013 9:02:00 PM
Description: Rays shortstop Yunel Escobar had to leave Saturday's game after being hit in the left wrist by a pitch from Rockies starter Jon Garland.
Insight: Escobar was "in obvious pain" and slammed his helmet to the ground, according to Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune. Escobar is only batting .174 with two homers, so fantasy owners won't miss him if he has to miss an extended amount of time.
5/2/2013 11:40:00 AM
Description: Need a shortstop for Thursday? How about Yunel Escobar? The Tampa Bay infielder is a .412 career hitter against Royals starter Ervin Santana.
Insight: The 30-year-old is available in 99 percent of ESPN fantasy leagues. If you're looking for a one-day rental, Escobar (.173, 2 HR, 7 RBI) should be a nice pickup.
4/30/2013 5:10:00 PM
Description: Rays shortstop Yunel Escobar (hamstring) will return to the lineup Tuesday night.
Insight: Escobar hasn't played since April 24. He's only batting .164 this season, but is 5-for-14 with two homers and four RBIs in his last four games.
4/27/2013 4:53:00 PM
Description: Rays shortstop Yunel Escobar will miss his third game in a row because of hamstring tightness.
Insight: We wouldn't expect to see Escobar in the lineup on Sunday, either. Escobar could find himself on the DL soon if his hamstring doesn't improve quickly.
4/26/2013 5:50:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay shortstop Yunel Escobar will have to watch Friday's game from the sidelines.
Insight: Escobar (.164, 2 HR, 7 RBI) has been bothered by hamstring tightness. For now we'll consider him day-to-day. Ben Zobrist will start at shortstop in Escobar's place.
4/26/2013 1:31:00 PM
Description: Rays shortstop Yunel Escobar (right hamstring) was not in Thursday's starting lineup and is doubtful for Friday's game against the Chicago White Sox.
Insight: Escobar left Wednesday's game with hamstring tightness. The shortstop is just 1-for-9 against Friday's starter Jake Peavy, so another day of rest would appear to be the best option for Tampa Bay and fantasy owners.
4/25/2013 4:57:00 PM
Description: Rays shortstop Yunel Escobar (hamstring) is not in Thursday's starting lineup.
Insight: Escobar left Wednesday's game with hamstring tightness and is day-to-day. The shortstop went 1-for-3 in the game and is 5-for-14 with two homers over his last four games. However, he's still hitting just .164.
4/24/2013 9:34:00 PM
Description: Rays shortstop Yunel Escobar left Wednesday's game with right hamstring tightness, according to Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times.
Insight: Escobar is day-to-day. The shortstop went 1-for-3 in the game and is 5-for-14 with two homers over his last four games. However, he's still hitting just .164.
4/21/2013 4:44:00 PM
Description: Rays shortstop Yunel Escobar went 3-for-4 with his first homer of the season and two RBIs Sunday against Oakland.
Insight: Escobar came in with seven hits in 59 at-bats (.119). He hit just .253 last year and is only an option in AL-only leagues.
4/14/2013 7:24:00 PM
Description: Rays shortstop Yunel Escobar has just four hits in 38 at-bats this season (.105).
Insight: Escobar went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts and has 11 strikeouts on the year. Since he doesn't hit homers or steal bases, Escobar is worthless to fantasy owners when he isn't hitting for a high average, and he hasn't done that since 2011.
12/5/2012 7:13:00 PM
Description: Yunel Escobar's time in Miami has quickly come to an end. The shortstop has been traded to the Rays for minor league infielder Derek Dietrich.
Insight: Escobar (.253, 9 HR, 51 RBI) will take over as the team's everyday shortstop. He's spent the past three seasons in Toronto so Escobar is already plenty familiar with the American League East.
10/22/2012 9:48:00 AM
Description: Toronto will shop shortstop Yunel Escobar over the winter according to Jon Heyman from CBS Sports.
Insight: Escobar won't be needed now that the Blue Jays have acquired infielder Mike Aviles from the Red Sox. Escobar's character issues (including a suspension last season that involved the use of a homophobic slur) might make him difficult to trade.
9/22/2012 6:30:00 PM
Description: Toronto shortstop Yunel Escobar has served his three-game suspension. He's back in the starting lineup and batting fifth Saturday against Tampa Bay.
Insight: Escobar was suspended for displaying a homophobic slur on his eye black last week during a game against the Red Sox. Escobar (.252, 9 HR, 49 RBI) apologized for the incident and has agreed to undergo sensitivity training.
9/19/2012 6:47:00 PM
Description: Shortstop Yunel Escobar has been suspended three games by the Blue Jays for having a homophobic slur written on his eye black during Saturday's game against the Red Sox.
Insight: Escobar (.251, 9 HR, 49 RBI) won't appeal the ruling, so the suspension is effective immediately. He'll be eligible to return Saturday in Tampa Bay.
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