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Escobar: Rays feel like family



New SS Yunel Escobar made his first comments since being traded to the Rays, speaking with C Jose Molina as his interpreter, and said he "felt really happy" about coming to Tampa Bay, that Joe Maddon made him feel very welcome, that having former teammate like Molina and Kelly Johnson here makes him feel like he's "in the family already.'

Escobar also said he wants to put last year's incident in Toronto - when he was suspended for wearing an inappropriate message on his eye black - behind him, that "it's a new year, a new team" and he is stronger for what happened.

Also, that while he comes with something of a questionable reputation he hopes people who see him play here will make their own judgements about him. "He said you guys after you see him this year you're going to have your own opinion on that, and you guys will see what he's talking about about the defense of Yunel Escobar.''

[Last modified: Sunday, February 17, 2013 2:20pm]


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