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Tampa Bay Rays news and links: Yandy Diaz was jailed three times before he escaped Cuba

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Marc Topkin offered a write up on Yandy Diaz’s journey to the Rays roster, including the harrowing 12-hour escape he made when he defected from Cuba, his fourth attempt to pursue a career in the big leagues.

The experience was “akin to human trafficking,” and Diaz’s mother remains in Cuba. The second half of the article also profiles carious Rays players’ impressions of Diaz.

Rays News

  • Squid won the annual rookie Rays Idol competition, rapping Meek Mill’s “Dreams & Nightmares”

Sound Bites

Kevin Cash debriefs the media after workouts yesterday:

Emilio Pagan discusses his experience throwing BP (Willy and Wendle posted great at bats)

AV briefly discusses his Rays Idol performance

Spoiler alert: Lucius Fox profile coming tomorrow from Neil, here’s the audio. Fox is a great interview.

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