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Roberto Osuna is getting a second chance
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January 21, 2019 - 10:49 pm

LOS ANGELES (AP) —  with the Houston Astros. They also made it clear they won’t give him another one.The All-Star closer met his new Astros teammates Sunday and addressed the club for 10 minutes in a closed-door meeting after completing a 75-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy.The defending World Series champions acquired Osuna on Monday in a trade with the Toronto Blue Jays while he was still serving his penalty. The reliever was arrested and charged with assaulting his girlfriend May 8 in Toronto. Few details have been made public and the next court date in the case is scheduled for Sept. 5.“We believe that Roberto will not let us down Bradley Zimmer Jersey ,” the Astros said in a statement Sunday. “If there is any type of issue in the future, we will take immediate and decisive action — it will not be tolerated.”Speaking with reporters in the dugout, Osuna revealed little about the morning meeting in the Astros’ clubhouse at Dodger Stadium and did not discuss the case pending against him. He was reinstated from the restricted list and added to the active roster before Sunday’s game against Los Angeles, with Houston pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. going on the 10-day disabled list due to elbow discomfort.Osuna did not pitch in a 3-2 loss to the Dodgers.“I was very happy to meet them and very happy to be a part of this team and be a part of this World Series championship team,” Osuna said through a translator. “I will do my best to win another World Series this year.”Asked if he could shed some light on why he was suspended, Osuna replied: “Not right now.”MLB handed Osuna the second-longest penalty since its domestic violence policy was enacted three years ago. The pitcher did not appeal.“Because of the ongoing legal proceedings, very little can be said about the incident itself or the case involving Roberto,” the Astros said. “Our decision to acquire Roberto was based on the entirety of information that we gathered during our extensive evaluation. That included as much information as we could gather about the specific incident and the charges that were filed but it also included as much information as we could gather about his actions before and after the incident, as well as his personal reputation among his former teammates and coaches. The information regarding this specific incident weighed heavily on our decision but when evaluating the entirety of the information, we felt that Roberto deserved a second chance.“We are now focused on ensuring that Roberto makes a positive impact off the field while he is a member of the Houston Astros,” the team added. “We welcome being held accountable for all of our personnel decisions. Time will tell which ones were right and wrong.”Looking for late-inning relief help, the Astros acquired Osuna from the Blue Jays before last Tuesday’s trade deadline. The move raised eyebrows in the clubhouse and all around baseball after Houston had previously stated its no-tolerance policy regarding domestic violence.The team released minor leaguer Danry Vasquez last spring after surveillance video surfaced showing him assaulting a woman.McCullers and fellow starting pitcher Justin Verlander were outspoken about their disgust on Twitter at that time.“Universally, this club has a hard time with domestic violence,” manager AJ Hinch said. “This is bad. I want us to know that this is bad. Domestic violence is bad, allegations are bad and we take them very seriously. But we are not involved in the court case. We are not aware of any of the details and we will have to react and respond and deal with it accordingly as it comes up.”Osuna is well aware of the stir his acquisition has caused in Houston as he joins a team that supplied so much civic pride in the wake of last year’s devastating floods triggered by Hurricane Harvey.“I understand the situation (and) know it’s a sensitive subject http://www.indiansfanproshop.c…..yer-jersey ,” Osuna said. “I understand the reaction they’re going to have.”Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow sat with Osuna as he addressed the media Sunday and said the decision to add him to the team was essentially his own. Luhnow said his hope is that Osuna’s presence with the Astros can ultimately turn into a “positive thing.”“This was a tough decision,” Luhnow said. “Everybody had different points of view, but ultimately, I’m the one that made the decision to make the trade. My focus was on giving Roberto a second chance. I understand that it was going to raise conversation and awareness of this topic, and I’m OK with that.”Luhnow’s plan is to have Osuna speak to Astros minor league players about the pitfalls of being a young athlete, while also becoming active in the Houston community.“While there’s been a lot of negativity around it, I do ultimately believe that over the long haul we can turn this into a very positive event for our team, for Roberto personally, for everybody else that was affected, and for the community of Houston and our fan base,” Luhnow said. “That’s our goal. I think Roberto shares that goal, and we’re going to have to earn that.”Osuna sounded agreeable.“Of course,” he said. “I’d like to put myself in a position to help people. I’m here to do what the organization tells me. This is an organization that has a good relationship with the city of Houston, and I’m going to do my best to do what I can.”Astros third baseman Alex Bregman was asked if he welcomes Osuna’s addition.“Yeah,” Bregman said Erik Gonzalez Jersey , then paused.“I don’t really know what happened; I don’t think anybody does,” he added. “I think it’s a tough situation. … My dad’s a defense attorney so until you’re proven guilty of something you’re innocent, as far as I’m concerned. I definitely believe in second chances and that’s all I’m really going to say about this.”Luhnow also made a point to address female Astros fans who are struggling with the team’s decision to add a player accused of domestic violence.“I think the conversation is incredibly important and valuable,” Luhnow said. “There are a lot of components to the conversation. We do need to have it, and it’s a sticky conversation, the topic of any sort of alleged abuse, the topic of domestic violence. There’s also some related topics of condemning someone with no information. I see a lot of that out there. There’s not a lot of people that have real information about what happened or who the person is, and yet they’re pretty quick to judge and condemn.”Hinch said he wouldn’t hesitate to use Osuna and would like to get him into a game as soon as possible. The 23-year-old right-hander is the youngest pitcher in major league history to reach 100 saves.Hinch also seemed aware that even though Osuna has joined the Astros, the controversy might not subside any time soon.“We will do our best as a team and as a family and a group to help him navigate through this, to help ourselves to navigate through this, and hopefully my hope for him is that he does take some of this culture, this vibe and the character on our team and absorb it,” Hinch said.“I let him know, this team will make you a better person, it will make you a better player and it potentially can make you a championship player. Today is the first day of that.” NEW YORK — The inevitable champagne celebration was put on hold for one more night for the Boston Red Sox. It was hardly the concern for the New York Yankees http://www.indiansfanproshop.c…..lin-jersey , whose priority was making sure Aaron Judge successfully made it through his return to the starting lineup.After welcoming Judge back to the lineup, the Yankees hope to prevent their rivals from officially securing the American League East on Wednesday night.Article continues below …“He looked like he hadn’t missed a beat from the at-bat quality,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said of Judge.Boston (103-48) can win its third straight division title with a win. The Red Sox nearly locked it up Tuesday by taking a lead into the seventh and putting on the tying runs before the Yankees escaped with a 3-2 victory.Neil Walker hit a three-run homer but more importantly for the Yankees, was Judge appearing in the starting lineup for the first time since July 26 when he broke his right wrist. Judge went 0-for-4 but one of the at-bats was a 112 mph lineout.“I felt like I never left,” Judge said. “Everything felt good. I felt like my at-bats were good, seeing the ball. That’s all I can ask for coming back after missing that many weeks. So I’m excited with the start. We got the win and just have to keep that rolling.”Judge was a week into his recovery when the Red Sox essentially locked up the AL East with their four-game sweep of the Yankees at Fenway Park Aug. 2-5. The Red Sox have held first place every day since July 2 and are 47-19 since the teams were last tied following New York’s 11-1 rout at Yankee Stadium on July 1.When the Red Sox clinch, first-year manager Alex Cora said he plans to watch his players enjoy the rewards for a season that began with a 14-2 start and one that might end with the most wins in team history.“Celebrations are for the players,” Cora said before Tuesday’s game. “You kind of like stay away from them. I really made a point to stay in the corner of the room last year (with the Houston Astros) and enjoy it.”Cora will be hoping he can pencil in Mookie Betts into the lineup. Betts was originally going to play center field Tuesday but the wet field kept him out of the lineup with a left side injury.“One thing for sure with him, and I know he’s close to doing a few things that are very special in this game, but like I’ve been saying, he’s a small guy, not as big as some other ones, and we need him to be close to 100 percent,” Cora said.When Betts returns, he will attempt to add to his .337 average Carlos Carrasco Jersey , 29 homers, and 72 RBIs while continuing to be productive against the Yankees. He is hitting .412 in 51 at-bats with two homers and 10 RBIs and has reached base in 31 of 62 plate appearances against New York this year.David Price will start the potential clincher for the Red Sox and looks to continue his recent roll. After getting pounded by the Yankees on July 1, he was 9-6 with a 4.28 ERA. Since then, he is 6-0 with a 2.22 ERA in his last 11 outings.Price last pitched a week ago against Toronto when he allowed three hits in seven scoreless innings in a 1-0 win. In his last start, Price made effective use of 31 changeups, getting 10 swings and misses on the pitch.“It was a very good pitch,” Price said. “Being able to throw it if I was behind in the count or ahead of the count, being able to locate it down, that’s a big key for that pitch for me.”Price is 15-13 with a 4.86 ERA in 41 career appearances (40 starts) against the Yankees. He last faced New York on Aug. 5 in Boston when he allowed two runs on four hits in six innings in a game the Red Sox won in the 10th.Yankees right-hander Luis Severino makes his fourth attempt at getting his 18th win. Since his last win Aug. 26 at Baltimore, he is 0-2 with a 5.65 ERA. Severino last pitched a week ago in Minnesota, when he allowed one run on four hits in 5 2/3 innings of a 3-1 loss.Severino is 3-6 with a 4.29 ERA in 12 career appearances (11 starts) against the Red Sox.

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