Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Claims in burglary case of Tampa Bay Rays players draw interest from Major League Baseball

NEW YORK — Major League Baseball officials are looking into claims by the men charged with burglarizing the spring training rental home shared by Rays LHP David Price, 3B Evan Longoria and SS Reid Brignac that a container of marijuana was among the items they took.

The claims, based on statements, some secondhand, from the suspects and others questioned in the investigation of the March 26 break-in in Port Charlotte, were contained in the five-page probable cause affidavits released by the Charlotte County Sheriff's Office on Thursday. In an accompanying statement, the Sheriff's Office said "no evidence has ever been found and there is no indication the residents of the home were aware of it."

Longoria said the players were not going to address the issue publicly.

"We've decided, obviously the three of us as a group and the organization as a whole, to just let the police do their job and us to keep that to ourselves," he said. "We're just not going to make any comment. … What's been said is said and our only way to react to it is obviously not to go the wrong way and react negatively to it, just to not make a comment on it."

Rays vice president Rick Vaughn said: "We are pleased that the thieves have been apprehended, and we will have no further comment on the ongoing legal proceedings."

Deputies arrested and charged two men, Steven Charles Vaughn, 22, and David Kimo Rufino, 19, in the break-in, which netted about $60,000 of electronics, jewelry, cash and an AK-47 rifle legally registered to Longoria. They are looking for a third suspect, 15-year-old Tavarious Smith.

MLB will look into the latest developments. Under the MLB drug policy, players are only tested for drugs of abuse, such as marijuana, based on "reasonable cause," and a first offense can result in placement in a treatment program and additional testing rather than a suspension. Players are tested randomly for performance-enhancing drugs.

DRAFT BREEZE: Rays officials continue talks with their top four unsigned picks in advance of the midnight Monday signing deadline.

They appear to be in good position to sign LHP Grayson Garvin, the 59th pick who is weighing a return to Vanderbilt, and 3B Tyler Goeddel, who has an offer to attend UCLA. The toughest sign looks to be OF Mikie Mahtook, their second pick and 31st overall, as he considers going back to LSU.

And somewhere in the middle is top pick RHP Taylor Guer­rieri, the 24th overall selection who has an offer from South Carolina and is rumored to be considering junior college (allowing a return to the draft in one year rather than three), though his father, Chris, told the St. Petersburg Times this week that was not under consideration.

If the Rays don't sign any of the four, they get a compensation pick at the same spot next year. They have already signed eight of their unprecedented 12 picks among the first 89.

MEDICAL MATTERS: RHP Alex Cobb's surgery to remove a blockage in a vein near his top rib was delayed, at least for a few days, when he had a reaction to medication and became sick. Cobb will remain hospitalized in Dallas and be re-evaluated Monday. … C John Jaso (right oblique) is 4-for-11 in the first three games of a two-week rehab at Triple-A Durham.

MISCELLANY: The Rays hit five solo homers in a game for the fourth time, and it was all of their runs for the second time, also a 5-4 win at Texas on May 4, 2004. They last hit five homers of any kind on Sept. 7, 2010. … Top prospect LHP Matt Moore struck out 10 in six shutout innings for Durham in his fifth Triple-A start, allowing two hits.

Claims in burglary case of Tampa Bay Rays players draw interest from Major League Baseball 08/12/11 [Last modified: Saturday, August 13, 2011 12:17am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. USF baseball heads to Gainesville for regional play

    Sports

    TAMPA — Had USF's players and coaches been less confident in their NCAA Tournament resume, Monday's selection show might have induced fidgeting, perhaps even frustration.

    South Florida coach Mark Kingston looks on during 2017 American Athletic Conference game Tuesday, May 23, 2017 in Clearwater during the American Athletic Conference. The Bulls won 7-6.
  2. Rays call up Jose De Leon to add depth to bullpen tonight

    Blogs

    The Rays decided that after playing 15 innings Sunday they could use some depth and length in their bullpen after all and are calling up RHP Jose De Leon from Triple-A.

    RHP Erasmo Ramirez is still slated to start tonight, even after throwing 12 pitches to get the final three outs - and the save - in Sunday's …

    The Rays have recalled Jose De Leon from Triple-A Durham.
  3. Tiger Woods arrested in Florida on DUI charge, released

    Public Safety

    Tiger Woods was arrested early Monday on a DUI charge in Jupiter, Florida, and spent nearly four hours in a county jail before he was released.

    Tiger Woods has been arrested on a DUI charge in Florida.
  4. After state, academics will trump athletics for King ace Brian Lee

    Baseballpreps

    TAMPA — Brian Lee can still see himself on the pitcher's mound at Venice High School. Four years ago he was a freshman left-handed reliever just trying to keep King's state championship dreams alive.

    Pitcher Brian Lee participates in a practice at King High in Tampa, Fla., on Friday, May 26, 2017.
  5. Five cool things to do when it's hot outside

    Outdoors

    Summer is not officially here, but it may as well be. School is out, vacations are coming, and it's time to enjoy the outdoors. Don't buy the argument that summer in Florida is too hot to get outside. There is plenty to do, and we'll prove it. Here are five cool things to do outdoors during another hot summer.

    Rainbow Springs State Park is a registered natural landmark. Rainbow Springs State Park in Dunnellon is one several state parks with natural swimming holes in Florida. (Octavio Jones | Times)