Getting up to date, Saturday edition
When Rays manager Joe Maddon heard late Friday that the AL East rival Yankees had made a deal pending medical clearance to acquire OF Xavier Nady and LHP Damase Marte, two "good players" the Rays had interest in, he joked: "Could we sabotage the physicals somehow?''
Saturday morning, another of the hitters they were interested in, Cleveland's Casey Blake, also headed elsewhere, with ESPN.com's Jayson Stark reporting this morning he was traded to the Dodgers, with cash, for two minor-leaguers - C Carlos Santana and RHP Jon Meloan.
Also, another Rays minor-leaguer - the second in the last week - was suspended for violating baseball's drug policy. OF Jonathan Quinonez, a 17-year-old outfielder for their Venezuelan Summer League team, was suspended 50 games for testing positive for metabolites of the steroid Nandrolone. Quinonez was hitting .260 with a team-high nine homers in 58 games.
Monday, Class A Vero Beach RHP Matt Walker was suspended 50 games for testing positive for an amphetamine.