May 1, 1998 |
All Rolando Arrojo wanted to do was stop Tampa Bay's six-game losing streak. He wound up with his first complete game and the first ever for the Devil Rays. "I felt that I was going to be the guy to start the winning again," Arrojo said after Thursday's 2-0 victory over the Minnesota Twins at Minneapolis. Arrojo (3-2) threw only 106 pitches in his sixth start, facing three batters over the minimum. Arrojo, a 29-year-old right-hander who defected from Cuba, struck out five and walked two.
June 18, 1998 |
It was a night the Arrojo brothers won't forget. With his older brother watching him pitch as a major leaguer for the first time since defecting from Cuba, Rolando Arrojo got his ninth win Wednesday night as the Tampa Bay Devil Rays beat the Toronto Blue Jays, 2-1, at St. Petersburg, Fla. Arrojo (9-4) was making his first home start since his brother, Roberto, his mother, Uvendolina, and several other family members fled the communist island earlier this month.
July 12, 1998 |
Al Leiter, who tore a tendon in his left knee on June 26, is scheduled to start for the New York Mets next Saturday. Leiter was told by doctors that he might sit out six weeks or longer depending on how bad the tear was. "The first doctor said it was a 50% tear of the tendon," Leiter said. "But the second said it was a 20% tear." * Sports agent Joe Cubas plans to meet with Florida Marlin owner H. Wayne Huizenga this week to make an offer to buy the baseball team, a spokesman said Saturday.
July 8, 1998
$150,000: Mark McGwire, St. Louis. $100,000: Cal Ripken Jr., Baltimore. $75,000: Roberto Alomar, Baltimore. $50,000: Rolando Arrojo, Tampa Bay; Scott Brosius, New York Yankees; Roger Clemens, Toronto; Darin Erstad, Angels; Andres Galarraga, Atlanta; Juan Gonzalez, Texas; Tom Gordon, Boston; Ken Griffey Jr., Seattle; Tony Gwynn, San Diego; Chipper Jones, Atlanta; Jason Kendall, Pittsburgh; Kenny Lofton, Cleveland; Robb Nen, San Francisco;...
July 10, 1996 |
Cuban pitcher Rolando Arrojo has defected to the United States from Albany, Ga., where his nation's team was preparing for this month's Olympics, Miami television station WLTV reported Tuesday. Arrojo, a right-hander said to be in his late 20s, left the team on Monday night. Joe Cubas, a Miami-based agent who said he is representing Arrojo, called the TV station and told them he was en route to Miami with the player.
April 22, 1997 |
Cuban ace pitcher Rolando Arrojo, who defected before last summer's Olympics, agreed Monday to a contract with the expansion Tampa Bay Devil Rays and will receive a multimillion signing bonus. Tampa Bay, which starts play next season, won a 15-team bidding war for Arrojo, a 6-foot-4 right-hander. He will sign a minor league contract and get a signing bonus that may exceed the $4.5 million received by Livan Hernandez, the current high for a Cuban defector.