MLB notebook: Pirates' Vazquez
faces additional charges
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[September 19, 2019]
Pittsburgh Pirates closer Felipe
Vazquez told police he made sexual contact with a 13-year-old girl,
and he now faces additional charges in Pennsylvania, authorities
On Tuesday, Vazquez was arrested in relation to charges in Florida,
where the girl and her family now live. But a criminal complaint
released Wednesday in Pennsylvania shows charges have been added
there, including multiple felonies.
Police said Vazquez, 28, admitted he attempted to have sex with the
girl in a Pennsylvania driveway in 2017 but was unable to have
intercourse. According to the complaint, Vazquez described it as
"sex but not really."
The girl is now 16, and her mother called authorities after finding
photos that Vazquez allegedly sent to her daughter electronically.
In all, Vazquez faces charges that include statutory sexual assault,
unlawful contact with a minor and indecent assault. A two-time
All-Star, Vazquez has been placed on administrative league by Major
--The Drug Enforcement Administration is working to find the source
of the drugs that Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs took
before he died, ESPN's "Outside the Lines" reported.
Skaggs, 27, was found dead in his Southlake, Texas, hotel room on
July 1 when the Angels were in town to play the Texas Rangers. His
autopsy revealed he had oxycodone, fentanyl and ethanol in his
system. Fentanyl is a powerful opioid, and the DEA typically joins
investigations when fentanyl is involved to try to find the source,
When the medical examiner's office released the autopsy report on
Aug. 30, Skaggs' family issued a statement that potentially
implicated a team employee in his death. No team employee, however,
has been tied publicly to the case.
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Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Felipe Vazquez (73) pitches the
ball against the San Francisco Giants during the ninth inning at
Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports
--With the Red Sox all but eliminated from playoff contention,
left-hander David Price won't pitch again in 2019, Boston manager
Alex Cora said.
Price struggled with injuries this season, dealing with left elbow
tendinitis, and more recently, a cyst on his left wrist. Price, 34,
finishes the season with a 7-5 record and a 4.28 ERA -- almost a
full run over his 3.31 career ERA.
"We need this guy healthy and ready to go (in the future)," Cora
said. "I think it's the best move for the player and for the
--Houston Astros right-hander Aaron Sanchez will miss part of the
2020 season due to shoulder surgery, manager A.J. Hinch told
Sanchez underwent surgery on his throwing shoulder last week, and
Hinch cited rehabilitation and recovery as factors for why the
27-year-old won't be ready for Opening Day.
Sanchez last pitched for the Astros on Aug. 20. He was acquired from
the Toronto Blue Jays at the trade deadline on July 31. He went 5-14
with a 5.89 ERA in 27 starts this year, including a 2-0 mark and
4.82 ERA in four starts after the deal to Houston.
--Field Level Media
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