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MLB: Yanks reliever sets new low

by SAMANTHA FARLOW The New York Times on April 20, 2014 1:39 AM

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — In 23 pitches Friday night against Tampa Bay, New York Yankees reliever Cesar Cabral pieced together an unsightly outing, one that also has a place in the record books.

Cabral entered the game with two outs and the bases empty in the bottom of the eighth, in relief of Adam Warren, against whom the Rays had turned a one-run deficit into a three-run lead at Tropicana Field.

Cabral had a chance to keep the game from spiraling further downward, but he struggled to find the strike zone. By the time he was removed from the game — at the hands of the umpire, not his manager — he had a score line that had not been matched in 100 years.

Ben Zobrist, the first batter Cabral faced, pushed the count to 2-2 before sending a single to center and moving to second on a wild pitch. Brandon Guyer singled home Zobrist, then Cabral hit Evan Longoria on the first pitch. Cabral then threw three balls to James Loney before hitting him to load the bases.

Wil Myers followed by taking three straight balls before running the count full. He sent the sixth pitch to left for a two-run single, and then Cabral threw one final pitch — hitting Logan Forsythe and drawing an ejection from Joe West, the plate umpire.

Neither the teams nor West said Cabral was intentionally hitting batters. West said he felt he had to remove Cabral before he hurt someone, either a Ray or a Yankee in a potential retaliation.

The damage to Cabral’s line, though, had been done: 23 pitches (nine for strikes), three runs, three hits, three hit batsmen, all without recording an out. The last pitcher to allow three runs while hitting three batters without getting an out in an inning was Earl Moore in 1914, when he played for Buffalo of the Federal League.

Moore took the loss in that game. Cabral was not charged with the defeat, at least not as far as his record will show. That fell to Warren.

Cabral was not the only middle reliever to have a bad outing last week.

On Thursday, Toronto’s Sergio Santos issued three walks and three wild pitches, all without registering an out, as Minnesota scored three runs and beat the Blue Jays, 9-5.

Philadelphia’s B.J. Rosenberg gave up three homers to the only batters he faced Monday, and the Phillies lost to the Atlanta Braves, 9-6.

But the news for Cabral was worse, as the Yankees designated him for assignment after Friday’s game, meaning he has lost his spot on New York’s 40-man roster.

He’ll either be released, claimed by another team on waivers, traded or sent to the minor leagues.

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