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(CNN)Former Texas Rangers pitcher John Barfield was shot and killed in a domestic incident on Christmas Eve in Little Rock, Arkansas, authorities said.

Barfield, 52, and his girlfriend were at his home when the woman’s estranged husband, William Goodman, 59, of Pine Bluff came to the residence, said Little Rock police spokesman Lt. Steven McClanahan.
“Barfield was dating her even though she was still married,” McClanahan said.
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A physical altercation ensued and Goodman shot Barfield, police said.
Goodman was taken to the hospital, released and charged with first-degree murder. There is no attorney listed for Goodman yet.
Barfield was a lefthander who had an 8-8 record from 1989-91 with the Rangers, according to He appeared in 65 games with 11 starts and ended with a 4.72 ERA.
He was born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, and played at Crowder College in Neosho, Missouri and Oklahoma City University before being picked by the Rangers in the 1986 draft, said.

ST. PETERSBURG — Bo Bichette needed just two pitches to announce his return to town on Monday night, and two more to send the crowd behind the plate into a frenzy during the Blue Jays’ 2-0 win over the Rays at Tropicana Field.

With Bichette’s high school about four miles away, a swarm of family, friends and former teammates packed the lower level around the visitors’ dugout. They were eager to glimpse a familiar face of the kid they’d known “forever,” as he strode to the plate as a Major Leaguer in his hometown for the first time.

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“Every time he played, Bo was so far above everyone else,” said Rigsby Mosley, who grew up with Bichette in Orlando, Fla., and made the two-hour drive to cheer him on. “We always knew he’d be [in the Majors] one day.”

Bichette, whose career was eight days old on Monday, quickly made Mosely’s commute worth it. The 21-year-old rookie took the second pitch of the game off the wall in right field to lead off with a double. Cavan Biggio flared the next pitch over the hole at shortstop to score Bichette and give Toronto the only lead it would need against its American League East foes.

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What’s more rare than a no-hitter? A game with both teams finishing hitless.

Some of these uncommon games concIuded early because of darkness, while others were won by teams that scored on errors, sacrifices, walks or other methods.

MORE: Greatest individual pitching performances in MLB history

There has never been a complete-game double no-hitter in the major leagues. It has occurred 10 times in the minors:
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Aug. 7, 1886: Oakland’s George Van Haltren beat San Francisco’s Jim McMullin 4-2 in a California League game that featured a lot of runs when you consider neither team had a hit.

Aug. 10, 1902: Convicts, Lunatics and zeroes. Jim Courtwright and the Nevada Lunatics locked up Eli Cates and the Jefferson City Convicts 1-0 in a hitless Missouri Valley League matchup. “Only two or three balls were hit to the outfield during the game,” according to The Sedalia Democrat.

MORE: Pitcher allows home run in no-hitter

Aug. 1, 1903: Greenville’s Forrest Wright bested Baton Rouge’s Dick Harley 1-0 in this Cotton States League double no-hitter. “Wheeler had the satisfaction of scoring the only run of the game,” The Times-Democrat wrote.

May 1, 1907: In Game 2 of a Cotton States League doubleheader, Meridian Ribboners mystery man Henry Schultz and Jackson Senators lefty Harold Christman both pitched five-inning complete-game no-hitters in a 0-0 tie that took 44 minutes to play.

Aug. 5, 1908: It was also the back end of a doubleheader when neither Bloomington’s Ed Higgins nor Springfield’s S. Grandy allowed a hit in Bloomington’s 1-0 Three-I League victory.

Sept. 5, 1910: The Huntington Johnnies and Wabash Rockeries couldn’t get their bats going in Game 2 of a Class D doubleheader in Wabash, Ind. Huntington’s hurler was named Wentz and Wabash’s was named Scott. “Both pitched airtight ball. Hitless and runless they held their opponents,” the Daily News-Democrat recapped. “At the end of the sixth the gathering shadows and low hanging clouds caused the umps to call the game.”

MORE: A birthday letter to the no-hitter

June 8, 1911: Two aces combined for 30 strikeouts in an 11-inning hitless Class D Mountain States League contest. Charleston’s Dick Niehaus and Huntington’s George Baumgardner both lasted into the 11th inning in Huntington’s 1-0 win.

July 26, 1913: These Blowhards must’ve been lying about their offensive prowess. A pitcher named Manchester threw for the Waycross Blowhards and was countered by Cleo Wilder of the Cordele Babies. Neither team had a hit in the 0-0, five-inning Class D Empire State League game.

Aug. 20, 1952: The first dual no-hitter in 39 years came when Franklin Etchberger of the Bradford Phillies and James Mitchell of the Batavia Clippers dealt in Bradford’s 1-0 win. At least one person thinks there should’ve been a hit that night; the batter who made the final out says he was safe.
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Aug. 23, 1992: The most recent hitless game was seen by only 1,000 spectators because it was played on the Florida coast the day before Hurricane Andrew. Andy Carter and the Clearwater Phillies snuck past Scott Bakkum and the Winter Haven Red Sox 1-0. The game garnered national attention and the Baseball Hall of Fame called the next day to collect and display game balls and equipment.

Some of these dual duels were discovered by Chuck McGill, the no-hitter expert we profiled in 2015.

Tim Hagerty is the broadcaster for the Triple-A El Paso Chihuahuas and is on Twitter at @MinorsTeamNames. He is also the author of “Root for the Home Team: Minor League Baseball’s Most Off-the-Wall Team Names.”

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The MLB Draft consists of 40 rounds, and a couple of bonus rounds. Let’s take a look at who the Twins drafted this weekend. Note that, as we move into the later rounds, the volume of information on each player tends to shrink. Some Hank Morrison won’t have any kind of analysis because it wouldn’t be fair with so little info.

By The Numbers

Total = 17 (40.5%)

LHP/RHP = 3/14 (7.1%/33.3%)

Position Players:

Total = 25 (59.5%)

Outfielders = 10 (23.8%)

Infielders = 15 (35.7%)

The Players
Round 1 (15): Alex Kirilloff, OF, Plum Senior HS

Toolsy outfielder who projects to have a good bat with some pop. Seems to be more of a corner outfielder with his speed being his main weakness. Could end up in RF at some point.

Round 2 (56): Ben Rortvedt, C, Verona Area HS

Bat first catcher whose defense should be enough to let him stay there. One of the better bats in the “high school catcher” class.

Lottery Round B (73) – Jose Miranda, SS, Leadership Christian Academy

This is a pick they got for not signing Kyle Cody last year. Solid all around prospect with good hands and a nice bat. Could move to 3B at some point because of his build, but right now has a SS body.

Lottery Round B (74) – Akil Baddoo, OF, Salem HS

I’ve heard comps to Rondell White and also Jacque Jones. He seems to be a bat first outfielder with some decent speed. Perhaps a corner outfielder in the future.

Round 3 (93): Griffin Jax, RHP, Air Force

Being in the Air Force will make signability an interesting matter for Jax. Number 82 on MLB’s top 100, appears to be a good value pick.

Round 4 (123): Thomas Hackimer, RHP, St Johns

He’s a sidearmer, so he’s the reincarnation of Pat Neshek. His twitter profile reads

St. Johns Baseball #17, drafted by the Mets one time, said no and then they got really good, sidewinding since 2012, very opinionated about Game Of Thrones
Round 5 (153): Jordan Balazovic, RHP, St Martin Secondary School

Fastball at 88-92, also features an average changeup, a curveball that needs some work, and plus control.

Round 6 (183): Alex Schick, RHP, UC Berkeley

Apparently they call him “The Blade”. If he signs, he’ll likely be a starter. His fastball is a plus pitch, and he has a nice 12-6 curve to go along with it.

Round 7 (213): Matt Albanese, CF, Bryant University

The Twins must think his bat will play at the pro level, as he had good college numbers.

Round 8 (243): Shane Carrier, OF, Fullerton College

Starting a trend of California players, Shane Carrier has a lot of pop in his bat, not sure about his other tools though.

Round 9 (273): Mitchell Kranson, C, UC Berkeley

Although he played most of his games this year at third base, Kranson caught all of the pitches in the College Station Regional last year, and worked out for many teams as a catcher. His left-handed bat plays up, but the power is mostly in the gap. Hank Morrison Quick but not fast. Full report here.

Also, look at this freakin’ stash:

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The @Twins draft Mitchell “El Gaucho” Kranson from Cal in the 9th round. Easily the best ‘stache in the class.

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Round 10 (303): Brandon Lopez, SS, Miami

Semifinalist in the Brooks Wallace award for the best shortstop in the nation. He has a .392 batting average this season, but is known primarily for his glove in Miami.

Round 11 (333): Tyler Beninghoff, RHP, Rockhurst HS (In Kansas City)

Really all I know is that he throws hard, and is coming off of some injuries. Sign-ability may be an issue.

Round 12 (363): Zach Featherstone, LF, Tallahassee CC

Very cool name, but could be a reach in the 12th round.

Round 13 (393): Ryan Mason, RHP, UC Berkeley

I found an interesting article on Mason. It’s a good read. Apparently he’s crazy?

Round 14 (423): Andre Jernigan, SS, Xavier U

Hit .252 for Xavier last year, and stole 16 bases. Named the Big East player of the year.

Round 15 (453): Tyler Wells, RHP, Cal St. San Bernardino

In 2015 he had 74 strikeouts with 29 walks in 65.2 innings as a starter for Cal State.

Round 16 (483): Tyler Beardsley, RHP, Cal St. Sacramento

Round 17 (513): Kidany Salva, C, Klein Forest HS

Here’s a video of Salva running, throwing, and hitting.

Has a very high Henry Blanco potential, I’d say 90.

Round 18 (543): Tim Richards, SS, Cal St. Fullerton

Ranked as the 321st best prospect on Minor League Ball’s top 650 draft prospects list.

Round 19 (573): Sean Poppen, RHP, Harvard U

Struck out 48 and walked just 13 over 50.2 innings of work last year for Harvard. Majoring in chemistry and physics, and engineering sciences. He’s probably the smartest player we’ve taken.

Round 20 (603): Shamoy Christopher, C, Roane State CC

Round 21 (633): Domenick Carlinii, LHP, Southeastern Louisiana U

Looks to be mostly a relief pitcher. Struck out 30 in 24 innings of work last year. He’s left handed, breathing, and can strike some people out, looks pretty good to me.

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The former Orlando Magic executive held a press conference this past week to talk about trying to land a baseball team for the theme park mecca.

Williams’ contention is that Orlando is ready for MLB because it has 2.5 million residents in its metropolitan area. Furthermore, the city attracts 75 million tourists each year.
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Williams said he believes Orlando is a better market than those mentioned as possible expansion cities or places where a team with stadium issues like the Oakland Athletics or Tampa Bay Rays could relocate. Among the cities he mentioned where Charlotte, Las Vegas, Montreal, Nashville, Portland and Vancouver.

Not to burst Williams’ bubble but it’s certainly hard to make any kind of case to place a third team in Florida or even move the Rays across I-4 to the land of Mickey Mouse.

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The Sunshine State has proven it can’t even support one MLB franchise. The Rays and Marlins are annually among the lowest franchises in attendance.

The Rays drew just 1,178,735 this past season to Tropicana Field. That was pathetic considering Tampa Bay won 96 games, beat the Athletics on the road in the wild card and pushed the Houston Astros – who had the best regular-season record in the major leagues – to the full five games before losing in an American League Division Series.


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The Rays drew 2.5 million fans during their expansion season in 1998. They cracked 1.9 million in a season since then.

Beyond being the only stadium in the major leagues with a permanent roof, the complaint about Tropicana Field is its location in south St. Petersburg. That represents nearly an hour’s drive for fans in the northern part of Tampa.

The Rays have also unsuccessful tried to get a new ballpark built in the Tampa/St. Pete area for year. The latest failed attempt came last December when a proposed facility in Tampa’s Ybor City section fell through.

Yet speaking of driving, have you ever tried to navigate I-4 in the Orlando area during tourist season? There are few experiences you can have in a vehicle that are worse.

The Marlins’ situation isn’t any better as fans haven’t exactly flocked to Marlins Park since it opened in 2012. In fact, interest is so low in professional baseball in the city that the Marlins have yet to secure a naming rights’ deal for the 7-year-old facility.

The Marlins haven’t come close to drawing one million fans the last two seasons. This year, the total attendance was 811,302. That was up all of 198 fans from 2018. Of course, Miami lost 98 games last year and 105 this year.
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Miami also had the lowest attendance in the major leagues in 2019. Tampa Bay was second.

It is hard to blame the citizens of Miami for not supporting their team. Though the Marlins produced World Series winners in 1997 and 2003, they have usually not been competitive since joining the National League as an expansion franchise in 1993.

Williams, though, is undeterred. He even has a nickname already selected for the Orlando team – the Dreamers.

Quite ironic in a state that has turned out to be a nightmare for MLB.

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With the Major League Baseball Hot Stove season almost at its boiling point, many fans across Dodgertown can’t help but recollect the most notable trades in the history of the Los Angeles Dodgers franchise.

Since officially moving to Los Angeles in 1958, many player trades occurred that were instrumental in winning nine National League pennants and five World Series championships. However, along with the deals that were beneficial came the deals that were dreadful, and people wonder what may have transpired if a number of these trades could have been undone.
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The following slides rank the 50 worst trades in the history of the Los Angeles Dodgers organization, as well as offer a bit of commentary for each transaction. Please note that the rankings don’t include any free-agent signings, nor do they contain any deals made prior to the Dodgers moving to Los Angeles. The list is not syndicated in any fashion and it is purely opinionated and subjective.

Although some of the transactions listed may seem more prominent than others, the logic used in the rankings is based on the players ability at that time and into the future, weighted against what the Dodgers actually received in return.

Fasten your seat belts and enjoy the ride through 52 years of Dodgers history.

50. Eric Davis Traded for John DeSilva—9/7/1993
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11 May 1993: Outfielder Eric Davis of the Los Angeles Dodgers looks to throw the ball during a game against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Daniel /Allsport
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From a logistics standpoint, it clearly made sense at the time for general manager Fred Claire to move Eric Davis. At 36-years-old, Davis’ production didn’t warrant his $3-million salary and Los Angeles hoped to get a profitable return while his value was still relatively decent.
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On September 7, 1993, Davis was dealt to the Detroit Tigers for relief pitcher John DeSilva, and as it turned out, the 1993 season would be DeSilva’s last pitching in the majors. Davis went on to play another seven seasons—two of which he hit 25-or-more home runs.

Dealing Davis may have been a productive idea at the time, but clearly the Dodgers should have shopped him much more carefully.

Hoping that Manny Ramirez would rebound from his suspension and contribute on an everyday basis in 2010, general manager Ned Colletti believed that by dealing Juan Pierre, the Dodgers had an excellent opportunity to upgrade their pitching staff.

On December 15, 2009, Pierre was dealt to the Chicago White Sox in exchange for a pair of young pitchers—reliever Jon Link and starter John Ely.

The verdict is still out on Link and Ely. However, the trade never made much sense from a financial viewpoint. Los Angeles picked up all of Pierre’s $7 million salary in 2010, and it is on the hook for another $3.5 million in 2011.

Considering the Dodgers’ offensive production in 2010, Pierre’s 68 stolen bases and 96 runs scored may have made a difference in the overall performance of the squad.

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Records: Berlin 1-3, Masuk 3-2. Scoring: B–Nick Mangiafico (1 goal); M–Shawn Flynn (4g), Adam Rainey (2g, 2a), Frank Bacarella (1g, 3a), Nate Coleman (1g, 1a), Andy Fredeen (2a), Cody Ryan (1g), Tim Trschitta (1g), Connor Muller (1g). Goalies: B–Matt Cote (13 saves); M–Kyle Matthews (3), Colin Robertson (8).

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Records: Ridgefield 5-0, Staples 3-2. Scoring: R–Kelly (5 goals, 1 assist), Wilkinson (3g, 1a), Marbos (1g, 1a), Scala (1g), Grollogh (1g), Dearth (1a), Quick (1a); S–Colin Bannon (4g, 1a), Peter Paul (1g, 2a), Joey Zelkowitz (2g), Greg Strauss (2g), Jared Levy (1a), Jake Corus (1a), Kyle Murray (1a). Goalies: R–(5 saves); S–Cole Gendels (7).

STRATFORD 2 1 1 3–7

IMMACULATE 0 2 4 0–6

Records: Stratford 1-4. Scoring: S–Jake Cayton (2 goals, 1 assist), Anthony Mastroluca (2g), Isaiah Booker (1g, 1a), Evan Valleca (1g), Michael Cannata (1a), Connor Bodington (1g), Cory Billingham (1a); I–Austin Murphy (2g), Riley Cross (1g), McGrath (2g), P.J. (1g). Goalies: S–Steven Tobey (10 saves); I–(4 saves).


Shelton 148, ND-West Haven 160 (at Brownson CC, par 34): S–Mark Studer 35, Connor Howard 36, Mike Kanios 37, Wyatt Zahornasky 40; NDWH–Eric Austin 38, Jeff Bausch 39, Anthony Astorino 39, Zach Iannone 44. Records: Shelton 3-0, ND-West Haven 5-1.

Platt Tech 175, Vinal Tech 210 (at Orange Hills CC, par 35): PT–Joe Duhaime 40, Donald Scott 42, James Carew 44, Brad Moore 49; VT–Joe Pizzuto 45, Kevin St. Lawrence 49, John Amendola 57, Austin Urban 59. Records: Platt Tech 5-0, Vinal Tech 2-2.

O’Brien Tech 218, Abbott Tech 231 (at Orange Hills CC): OT–Nick Sprague shot a 52 to earn medalist honors. Records: O’Brien Tech 1-3.

Xavier 158, Fairfield Prep 171 (at Brooklawn CC, par 36): X–Geoff Vartelas 38, Kyle Buschmann 38, Geoff DeVille 40, Bryan Stanton 42; FP–Brian McAvey 39, George Archer 43, Jay Buongiorno 44, Jack O’Leary 45. Records: Xavier 2-2, Fairfield Prep 2-4.

Hand 165, Foran 204 (at Grassy Hill CC): H–Todd McAndrews 39, Michael Dean 40, Tyler McAndrews 41, Peter Alberti 45; F–Matt Gomes 48, Emily Sabo 49, Billy Hull 51, Max Biernbaum 52. Records: Hand 6-0, Foran 0-6.

Bethel 157, Stratford 162 (at Rock Ridge, par 35): B–Mike Kaluta 34, Henry Miller 40, Jack Moriarty 41, Brian Debacher 42; S–Tom Nalezynski 37, Kyle Murphy 38, Max Breiner 43, Ryan Steinberg 44. Records: Stratford 1-3, Bethel 4-2.

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Bunnell 231, Sacred Heart Academy 234 (at Oronoque, par 35): B–Kelly Benson 52, Lauren Thomas 53, Shannon Boyle 59, Tara Trigonis 67; SHA–Siobhan Fennell 46, Caleigh O’Hare 62, Tiffany Torello 62, Madison Harris 64. Records: Bunnell 1-1.




Scoring: B–Shannen O’Leary (3 goals), Lily Muare (2g), Carley Altemose (1g), Bre Marcucio (1a); W–Catie Ledwick (3g, 2a), Lindsay Koch (3g, 2a), Fran Holmes (2g, 3a), Steph Thomson (4g), Grace Mattison (2g), Danielle DeCanio (1g, 1a), Nicole DeCanio (2a), Alexa Werner (2a), Ana Flooks (2a).



Records: Fairfield Ludlowe 2-2. Scoring: N–Jen McCarthy (3 goals, 1 assist), Christine Mace (2g, 1a), Efthimia Kutrubis (1g, 2a), Parthenya Taiyanides (2g), Emma Oyomba (1g); FL–Bryce McClure (5g, 1a), Sarah Nesi (3g, 2a), Kendall Stevenson (3g), Mary Deliberti (2g, 1a), Lizzie Pratt (2g), Ali Gorab (1g, 1a), K.C. McAuliffe (1g).



Records: McMahon 0-6, Fairfield Warde 1-4. Scoring: M–Karley Barreno (3 goals, 1 assist), Corey Blattman (3g), Caroline Deorio (1g), Allison Carvalho (1g), Megan Kilcoyne (1g); FW–Caroline Lambert (3g, 2a), Caroline Magee (3g), Jen Jacob (3g), Meredith Nerreau (2g), Jillian Bernstein (2g), Katie Tangney (1g, 1a), Kelly Burns (2a). Goalies: M–Michelle Petrucci (11 saves); FW–Jahzmin Howell (8).


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Records: Platt Tech 4-2, 4-0 CSC; Vinal Tech 1-5, 1-4. Batteries: PT–Brooke Pawlak (W), Stephanie Honafius (3) and Alyssa Donovan; VT–Jamie Pizzuto (L) and Karen Agogliti. Highlights: PT–Honafius and Pawlak each went 4-for-4. Donovan went 4-for-5. Veronica Buzelle went 3-for-3, including a home run.


Kaynor Tech 5, Bullard-Havens 2 (at Bucks Hill Park, Waterbury): singles: Jamie Velezis (KT) def. Eduardo Marino 8-2; Anthony Lewis (KT) def. Tommy Phung 8-6; Jonathan Inga (KT) def. Jonathan Sanchez 8-4; Cameron Duffy (KT) def. Corales Calderas 9-8 (7-4); Tichina Pemberton (BH) def. Amaris Gray 8-6; doubles: Nathan Polanco/Pedro Deleone (BH) def. Hector Hernandez/Steven Musante 8-5; Lewis/Inga (KT) def. Sanchez/Susan Ioja 8-0. Records: Bullard-Havens 1-3.

Shelton 6, Law 1 (at Shelton): singles: Kyle Packnick (S) def. Michael Walker 6-1, 6-1; John Villaluz (S) def. Ben Marus 6-2, 6-0; Brian Lampert (S) def. Krisnhan Sureshkumar 6-3, 6-0; Brian Welch (S) def. Gabe Salles 7-6 (7-1), 6-1; Max Wang (S) def. Amar Almidani 6-2, 6-1; doubles: James Carbone/Soumya Kundu (L) def. Jason Tran/Alex Lee 6-4, 6-0; Ben Yambao/Jomari Villaluz (S) def. James Ralston/Ratan Manohar 6-0, 6-3.

Barlow 6, New Milford 1 (at Barlow): singles: Dennis Henning (B) def. Nick Eherts 6-3, 6-1; Chris Biederemann (B) def. Omar Khandari 6-1, 6-2; Alex Gold (B) def. Liam Lynch 6-0, 6-3; Dan Winter (NM) def. Joe Greenspan 7-6, 6-4; doubles: Stephen Dreznick/Grayson Kramer (B) def. Luke Anderson/Andrew Pivitz 6-1, 7-6; Finn Cohane/Brian Jacobs (B) def. Connor Burns/Adam Svinte 6-4, 6-2; Todd Waterman/Marc Lenhart (B) def. Noah Roulat/Nevan Swanson 7-5, 6-2.

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Newtown 6, Barlow 1 (at Newtown): singles: Caroline Kelly (N) def. Paige Twombly 6-0, 6-0; Lauren Frazzetta (N) def. Samantha Goldburg 6-3, 6-1; Mia Terracino (N) def. Morgan Jorday 6-3, 6-1; Alyssa Ruefenacht (N) def. Lily Mittlwman 4-6, 6-3, 6-2; doubles: Adriana Maconochie/Alyssa Lyon (B) def. Julia Frattaroli/Stephani Roman 7-6, 6-3; Maggie Kost/Annie Beier (N) def. Alid Kudej/Maddie Frierson 1-6, 6-3, 6-3; Meghan Lyon/Aimee Alexander (N) def. Alyssa Gonzales/Amanda Allan 6-3, 6-0. Records: Barlow 5-1.

Lauralton Hall 7, New Fairfield 0 (at New Fairfield): singles: Mary Kate Fornshell (LH) def. Caitlin Ogrizovich 7-5, 6-1; Paige Palmero (LH) def. Julianne DePaoli 6-1, 4-6, 6-2; Beth Lamonte (LH) def. Stephanie Zima 6-2, 6-1; Kara Duggan (LH) def. Brooke Hirsheimer 6-4, 6-3; doubles: Shelby Halliday/Emily Janik (LH) def. Alisa Yongkod/Lauren Torre 6-3, 6-3; Mary Alice Devaney/Lauren Sell (LH) def. Paige Tortorelli/Makenzie Cisewski 6-4, 7-6 (7-2); Colleen O’Connell/Peggy Landry (LH) def. Rosa Kleopoulos/Bailey King 6-3, 6-2. Records: Lauralton Hall 4-2, 3-2 SWC; New Fairfield 2-4, 2-4.

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HOUSTON — The assistant general manager of the Houston Astros apologized Tuesday for using “inappropriate language” after a Sports Illustrated report said he repeatedly yelled toward a group of female reporters about closer Roberto Osuna during a clubhouse celebration.

Brandon Taubman released a statement through the Astros hours before they played Game 1 of the World Series against Washington. Major League Baseball said it will interview those involved before further commenting.

Taubman’s remarks after the Astros clinched the AL pennant reportedly referenced Osuna, who was suspended for 75 games last year for violating MLB’s domestic violence policy before being traded from Toronto to the Astros.

According to SI, Taubman shouted “Thank God we got Osuna!” and made similar remarks several times, punctuating them with an expletive.

SI said one of the reporters was wearing a domestic violence awareness bracelet. The incident occurred after the Astros beat the New York Yankees at Minute Maid Park on Saturday night in Game 6 of the AL Championship Series.

On Monday night, after the SI story was published, the Astros called it “misleading and completely irresponsible.” The team said SI had tried to “fabricate a story where one does not exist” and said Taubman’s comments weren’t directed at the reporters.

Taubman, on Tuesday, said he was “deeply sorry and embarrassed.”
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“In retrospect, I realize that my comments were unprofessional and inappropriate. My overexuberance in support of a player has been misinterpreted as a demonstration of a regressive attitude about an important social issue,” he said.

MLB said in a statement that “everyone in baseball must use care to not engage in any behavior — whether intentional or not — that could be construed as minimizing the egregiousness of an act of domestic violence.”

“The Astros have disputed Sports Illustrated’s characterization of the incident. MLB will interview those involved before commenting further,” it said.

Astros manager AJ Hinch said Tuesday that he wasn’t aware of the incident until the story came out and that he hadn’t spoken to everyone involved in it but that “we all need to be better across the board, in the industry” when it comes to matters such as these.

“I’m very disappointed for a lot of reasons,” he said. “It’s unfortunate, it’s uncalled for. For me as a leader in this organization down here in the clubhouse, on the field, I take everything that happens in the clubhouse to heart.”

“No one, it doesn’t matter if it’s a player, a coach, a manager, any of you members of the media, should ever feel like when you come into our clubhouse that you’re going to be uncomfortable or disrespected,” he continued.

Canadian prosecutors dropped a domestic assault charge in September 2018 against Osuna, who agreed to stay away from a woman identified by authorities as the mother of his child for one year and continue counseling. The prosecution said the woman, who lived in Mexico, had made it clear she would not travel to Toronto to testify against Osuna.

Osuna was charged with assault in May 2018. The Blue Jays traded him to Houston two months later.

Astros owner Jim Crane, in a statement, said the team has mandatory training for its employees and “we fully support MLB and baseball’s stance and values regarding domestic violence.”

Also Tuesday, the Baseball Writers’ Association of America denounced the incident and the team’s handling of it and called for multiple members of the Astros front office to issue a public apology to the media outlets involved in the story.

The BBWAA’s statement said it was “alarmed and dismayed by the actions” of the team and its public relations department and said the team’s denial of the incident was “an unethical and intentional fabrication, designed to discredit our members and all journalists.”

The Association for Women in Sports Media called on the Astros to retract the statement that the story was fabricated.

“As a watchdog organization, we demand fair treatment and positive workplace environments for women working in the field,” the statement said.

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Is Nick Viall the best Bachelor the franchise has ever seen? It’s been a rough ride for Viall, who’s preparing to dole out the final rose on Monday night’s three-hour finale. But, HA! Absolutely not. That’s a stupid question. A better question to ponder is whether Nick Viall is the worst Bachelor ever. He hasn’t been very good. Remember: He let Corinne command the show for the first few episodes? Or last week, when he told Vanessa he doesn’t want to move to Montreal because he’s “really proud to be an American”? This is a man with an affinity for terrible poetry, after all. But the question still remains, just how bad of a Bachelor is he? There’s only one way to know for sure, and that’s to rank all 21 of the Bachelors in The Bachelor history.

It’s important to clarify what makes a good Bachelor. It doesn’t matter if they are still in a relationship with whomever they gave the final rose. True love does not matter on this show. It doesn’t matter if they seem like a “decent” person. It doesn’t even matter that much if they are smart or even good-looking. (By the way, Bachelor handsome is very different from the actual definition of handsome.)

Instead, we’ve selected five criteria by which to judge these dudes on a scale of 1 to 10:

Personality: We’re not here to make character assessments, it’s more a question of “Does this guy have one?” If being a certain kind of evil makes you interesting to watch, so be it.
Occupation: Some jobs (farmer, pilot, prince) are storybook perfect for a Bachelor contestant. Others (software salesmen, management consultant) sound made up, boring, and undateable.
Dating Ability: Do they seem like they respect women, like women, and want to plan fun dates for women? Or do they seem like they have deep-seated issues with women that they are working through with the help of Chris Harrison, Neil Lane, and a florist?
Personal Investment: Simply, do we care about them?
Jawline: This has nothing to do with how “attractive” they are and everything to do with how closely their jawline resembles that of a Disney prince.
OK, here we go. From Bachelor patient zero, Alex Michel, to our current Bach-demon Nick Viall, these are our rankings:

21. Alex Michel (Season 1)
Allison P. Davis: It’s hard to believe that this douchenozzle was the first Bachelor. I understand that everything about the franchise was incredibly janky in 2002—the production value, the house, the dates, the fashions, the hairstyles—but I’m still surprised the first fantasy man, the Adam in the Bachelor Garden of Eden—was a total nightmare. Alex dressed like low-budget Blade Runner, had the sociopathic tendencies of an ’80s movie villain (but none of the bangability), and ogled breasts in a deeply disturbing way. The fact that this man was the Big Bang for 21 seasons of romantic fantasies makes me question the entire fabric of the franchise.

20. Jason Mesnick (Season 13)
Davis: Listen, you cannot propose to Melissa Rycroft only to go on national, live television to trade a Melissa for a Molly and not face severe consequences. Mesnick is responsible for one of the most cringeworthy moments in the history of the franchise. I don’t care if Molly and Jason are still happily married with children and perhaps the most successful couple in Bachelor history, it started from a place of betrayal. Nobody is going to reward this kind of savagery. We might watch it over and over again, but we will not reward it.

19. Nick Viall (Season 21)
Andrew Gruttadaro: Nick has been in the Bachelor system for so long that you’d think he’d be better at being the Bachelor. Instead, he’s vacillated between being a cold-hearted savage and a blubbering mess. One minute he’s kicking Danielle L. off the show for having the gall to tell him she’s falling in love with him, the next he’s shedding tears at an alarming rate, explaining how scared he is that he won’t find love. If you didn’t break up with women who openly like you, this wouldn’t be an issue, dude!

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18. Juan Pablo Galavis (Season 18)
Gruttadaro: Just to get this out of the way: Juan Pablo’s season of The Bachelor was a classic. It featured two all-time moments: Andi Dorfman leaving the show in utter “I want to die” frustration and Clare Crawley telling off JP after he didn’t choose her. Both of those moments, however, were necessitated by the fact that Juan Pablo was a terrible Bachelor. He was condescending, vapid, and skeevy—watching him cup women’s chins as a display of affection still haunts me to this day. That multiple women actively rebelled against Juan Pablo made for a memorable season—I’m actually waiting for Bachelor producers to pursue this hate-date strategy once again—but since this is a list specifically about the Bachelors, JP needs to be towards the bottom like the garbage fire he is.

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In a transaction that flew under the radar back on August 30, the Giants signed righty Andrew Triggs to a minor league deal, as per Roster Roundup (Twitter link).

Triggs hasn’t pitched since an April 10 appearance for Oakland’s Triple-A affiliate. It was almost a full year ago that Triggs underwent thoracic outlet syndrome surgery, and he pitched in just three games for Triple-A Las Vegas before going on the injured list for the remainder of the season. The A’s released Triggs in early August.
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It stands to reason that Triggs’ Giants deal could be a two-year contract, as the team didn’t get an opportunity to see him in any sort of competitive environment in their system, and a deal that covers the 2020 season would allow the Giants to more fully evaluate the 30-year-old’s health and readiness to possibly contribute next season.

Prior to his TOS surgery, Triggs posted a 4.53 ERA, 8.17 K/9, 49.6% grounder rate, and 2.96 K/BB rate over 163 innings for the Athletics from 2016-18, starting 27 of his 45 career Major League games. He also went under the knife in 2017, as his season was cut short by hip surgery in July of that year.

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Area baseball stars will be waiting by the phone as the MLB Draft runs June 3-5 in Secaucus, New Jersey.

Some mock drafts have brilliant UConn junior reliever Jacob Wallace of Methuen going in the second or third round.

North Andover High ace Sebastian Keane, who has committed to Northeastern, could go in the top five rounds. Senior outfielder Leon Paulino, who attended Lawrence High before transferring to Florida, was ranked among the top 100 high school seniors in a March story.The first day of the draft (rounds 1-2) will be broadcast by MLB Network. The remaining two days of the draft will be streamed on

Below is the list of local players who have been drafted. Any updates or corrections, e-mail [email protected]


2018: Steve Hajjar, p, Central, 21st round (635th), Milwaukee

2017: none

2016: Jansiel Rivera, Methuen/Dominican Republic, 22nd round, 657th pick, Seattle

2010-15: none

2009 | Michael Yastrzemski, outfield, Andover/St. John’s Prep, 36th round (1,098th pick)

2005-06 | Nobody

2004 | Phillips Academy/Bourne pitcher Adam Crabtree, 15th round (443rd), Anaheim Angels

2001-03 | Nobody

2000 | Brian Wilson, rhp, Londonderry, Cleveland Indians, 30th round (906th)

1999 | Doug Johnson, p, Pelham, N.H., Cleveland Indians, 45th round (1,353rd)

1996 | Bryan Welch, p, Central Catholic/Salem, N.H., Kansas City, 37th round (1,099th)

1995 | Jay Yennaco, p, Windham/Pinkerton, 3rd round Red Sox (74th other overall, highest ever for a local high schooler);

1994 | Nobody drafted

1993 | Sean DePaula, p, Derry/Cushing, 8th round Red Sox (219th) ….didn’t sign, went to Wake Forest for 3 years and drafted again

1987 | Steve Lemuth, of, Pentucket, 11th round (279th), Montreal

1981 | Dennis Livingston, p, North Reading, 5th round (113th), San Francisco

1976 | Larry Douglas, ss, Salem, N.H., 6th round (122nd), Detroit

1972 | Victor Sanchez, ss, Pentucket, 10th round (222nd), Milwaukee

1971 | Peter Quinlan, of, North Reading, 9th round (213th), Baltimore; Milton Holt, p, Phillips/Hawaii, 37th round (744th), St. Louis

1969 | Brian Blaney, p, Methuen, 30th round (695th), Pittsburgh

1968 | Mike Camuso, p, Central Catholic, 36th round (783rd), Boston

1966 | James Skovron, p, Pentucket, 35th round (668th), Pittsburgh


2018: Max Burt, SS, Northeastern/North Andover, 28th round (847th), Yankees

2017: none

2016: Dustin Hunt, Andover/Northeastern, 10th round, 307th pick, Houston; Tim Viehoff, Pinkerton/SNHU, 12th round, 357th pick, Seattle

2015: Frank Crinella, Merrimack, 39th round, Orioles

2014 none

2013 Mike Johnson of Georgetown, Brooks/Dartmouth, 14th round (No. 424), Dodgers; Mike Yastrzemski of Andover, Vanderbilt, 14th round (No. 429), Orioles; Zach Mathieu of Derry, Franklin Pierce, 16th round (No. 476), Mets; John Farrell of Andover, William & Mary, 21st round (No. 638), Rays; Eric Perrault, Salem/Keene State, undrafted free agent Arizona Diamondbacks; Merrimack senior pitcher/DH Joe Mantoni, 18th round (No. 555) by the Cincinnati

2012 UMass junior pitcher Dennis Torres of Lawrence/Central Catholic, 28th round (No. 852) by Orioles; Vanderbilt junior outfielder Mike Yastrzemski of Andover/St. John’s Prep, 30th round (No. 911) by Seattle;

2011 Jhiomar Veras of Methuen/Western Oklahoma State (15th round, 463rd pick, Florida); Ruben Sosa of Lawrence/Oklahoma City University (23rd round, 700th pick, Houston); Mike Hashem of North Andover/Fisher College (35th round, 1,076th pick, Atlanta),

2010 Ryan O’Rourke, Merrimack College, 13th round (405th), Minnesota Twins; Jim Wood, Trinity College/Windham, 47th round (1,422nd overall), by Seattle

2009 | David Wendt, C, Methuen/Dowling College, Tampa Bay Rays, 50th round (1,519th pick)

2008 – Terry Doyle, RHP, Salem/Boston College, White Sox, 37th round

2007 | Terry Doyle, RHP, Salem/Boston College, Los Angeles Dodgers, 21st round (656th pick); Billy Mottram, 3B, Haverhill/Dowling College, Chicago Cubs, 36th round (1,082nd pick)

2006 | Chris Anderson, Northern Essex sophomore/Portsmouth, N.H., Minnesota Twins, 18th round (546th); Tim Stronach, Haverhill/Whittier Tech, Worcester State junior pitcher, 22nd round (664th pick), N.Y. Mets; Mike Chambers, Londonderry, Franklin Pierce senior second baseman, 32nd round (973rd pick), Boston Red Sox

2005 | Nobody

2004 | Andover’s Kevin Shepard of Andover, BC pitcher, 30th round (902nd), Philadelphia Phillies; Pelham’s Derek Miller, UVM pitcher, 47th round (1,390th), Milwaukee Brewers; Haverhill’s Ryan Mooradian, Northern Essex pitcher, 48th round (1,429th), Arizona Diamondbacks

2003 | Haverhill’s Omar Pena, Northeastern infielder, 15th round (485th pick), St. Louis Cardinals; Brian Wilson of Londonderry, LSU pitcher, 24th round (723rd pick), San Francisco Giants; Buster Mottram, North Andover/UMass Lowell, catcher, 24th round (726rd pick), Arizona Diamondbacks

2002 | Doug Johnson, RHP, Pelham/Bryant Jr., Colorado Rockies, 5th round, 142nd pick

Jeff Mackor, C, Salem/BC Sr., Houston Astros, 15th round, 461st pick

2001 | Rollins senior pitcher Mark O’Sullivan of Andover, 25th round (749th), Anaheim Angels

2000 | Hugh Quattlebaum, 3b, Andover/Phillips Academy, Williams College, Detroit Tigers, 25th round (738th)

1999 | Colin Young, p, Fordham/West Newbury, 9th round (280th), Colorado Rockies

1998 | Carlos Pena, 1b, Haverhill/Northeastern, 1st round (10th pick), Texas Rangers; Zack Lush, North Andover/Brooks, Florida Tech, 46th round (1,368th), Baltimore Orioles

1997 | John Guilmet, p, Merrimack/North Andover, Detroit, 34th round (1,015th)

1996 | Sean DePaula, p, Derry/Cushing Academy, Wake Forest, 9th round (273rd), Cleveland Indians; John Guilmet, p, North Andover, Merrimack, 44th round (1,302nd), Chicago Cubs; Garrett Larkin, ss, Merrimack, 19th round (546th), Pittsburgh Pirates

1995 | Bill Batchelder, p, North Andover/UNH, 30th round (820th), Oakland; Jerry Parent, ss, Merrimack, 31st round (852nd), Milwaukee

1992 | Jim Thomforde, p, Phillips/Trinity, 13th round (354th), N.Y. Yankees

1991 | Peter Feeley, 3b, North Reading/ULowell, 18th round (478th), Detroit

1990 | Greg Coppeta, p, Methuen/Central/So. Maine, 9th round (231st), Detroit; Rob Carpentier, p, Andover/UNH, 26th round (688th), N.Y. Mets; George Evangelista, ss, G’town/Central/Merrimack, 47th round (1,192nd), Texas; Paul Matachun, 3b, Lawrence/Eastern Conn., 52nd round (1,285th), Texas

1989 | David Lavallee, 3b, Plaistow, N.H./Central/URI, 35th round (896th), Texas

1988 | Dean Borrelli, c, Salem, N.H./Central/UMass, 20th round (515th); Bob LeFebre, of, Lawrence/Miami Dade South CC/Fla. Southern, 75th round (1,433rd), Yankees

1987 | Bob LeFebre, of, Lawrence/Miami-Dade South CC, 10th round (259th), Philadelpha … didn’t sign

1985 | Dick Kiluk, of, Haverhill/CC, Northern Essex/ULowell, 19th round (476th), Pittsburgh; Buzz Franzen, Salem, N.H./Northern Essex/Curry, 26th round (661st), Cleveland

1984 | Dennis Livingston, North Reading/Oklahoma St., 1st round, (23rd), Dodgers (only first rounder ever in area history until Carlos Pena); Marty Reed, p, Timberlane/UTampa, 14th round (346th), California