From Mirror, wire reports
PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Pirates signed free agent infielder / outfielder Yoshi Tsutsugo to a major league baseball contract on Monday.
Tsutsugo, 29, spent much of the 2021 season at Triple-A Oklahoma City, hitting .257 (38-for-148) with seven doubles, 10 home runs and 32 RBI in 43 games. At the time he was signed by the Pirates, he hit .387 (12-for-31) with three doubles, two home runs, 11 RBI, a .463 on-base percentage in 10 games with Oklahoma City in this month.
In 10 seasons in Japan he achieved a total of 205 home runs.
Tsutsugo made the Tampa Bay opening list for the second time of his career that season before being nominated for a run on May 11. He was then taken over by the Dodgers on May 15 and played 12 games before being put on the injured list.
Tsutsugo was then removed from the Los Angeles list and released. The left-hand batting Tsutsugo played for the Yokohama DeNA BayStars in Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball Organization from 2010-19 before signing as a free agent with Tampa Bay in 2019.
The pirates appointed outfielder Ka’ai Tom to make room for Tsutsugo in the squad.
Arrieta finds work
DENVER – Jake Arrieta prevailed with a playoff contender after he was fired from the Chicago Cubs and signed a minor league deal with the San Diego Padres on Monday.
The former NL Cy Young Award winner is set to make his first start for San Diego on Wednesday against Colorado.
The Padres signed Arrieta to add depth to their injury-ridden rotation. Chris Paddack (left oblique strain) and Yu Darvish (back tension) are on the 10-day injured list.
San Diego manager Jayce Tingler said Arrieta was added to the team’s taxi roster after joining the team in Denver to start a three-game series.
The Cubs released Arrieta Thursday, the day after allowing eight runs in four innings against Milwaukee and taunting a reporter for wearing a mask during his post-game interview.
Arrieta went 5-11 with a 6.88 ERA in 20 starts for Chicago.
Lawyer speaks up
LOS ANGELES – An attorney for Trevor Bauer told a judge Monday that the Los Angeles Dodgers’ pitcher had every reason to believe a woman wanted the asphyxiation and other harsh treatments he gave her in two sexual encounters that included it resulted in her requesting a five-year restraint order against him.
Shawn Holley said in opening statements at a hearing in Los Angeles Superior Court that the 27-year-old San Diego woman told Bauer in private Instagram messages that she was “Has never been so turned on in my life” when he choked her into unconsciousness when they first met in April and wanted more of it when they got back together in May. Holley said the woman told Bauer on the news to give her “all the pain.”
The woman claims that Bauer beat her without her consent, choked her with her own hair until she passed out, and had anal sex with her against her will.
Bauer was given paid administrative leave on July 2 by Major League Baseball. That was extended to Friday. MLB and police in Pasadena, California are investigating the woman’s allegations. Bauer’s representatives have repeatedly said that everything that happened between the two was consensual. The woman was given a restraining order pending a hearing and evidence of a long-term order.
The woman responded shortly before lunch on Monday and was due to come back in the afternoon.
She testified that she was the daughter of a baseball coach and lifelong fan who was rooted for the San Diego Padres. She said she drew Bauer and his quirks, including closing one eye while pitching, while watching him on TV.
She tagged him on an Instagram story while watching a game with her mother in April when Bauer took on the Padres. She didn’t expect him to answer. But he did send her a direct message 10-15 minutes after the game and the two started texting each other.
The woman’s lawyers argue that she and Bauer had a relationship that should be viewed as a dating relationship, which would make appropriate the type of domestic violence restraint she is seeking. Attorney Lisa Helfend Meyer pointed out that the two shared intimate details from their lives, both in messages before their meetings at his Pasadena home and in hours of conversations when they were together.
Bauer’s lawyers deny this by calling the relationship a casual relationship based on sex. Pointing out text messages the woman had sent to friends before meeting Bauer, Holley said she would “Get her the hook on him” “Go into his head” and get sex from him. Holley said she told Bauer in a message that she would have it “Emotions button turned off.”
Meyer said the woman was severely shaken after their first encounter, where she woke up from unconsciousness and found Bauer having anal sex with her, which she had not consented to.
But, said Meyer, friendly and gentle communication in the weeks that followed convinced her to return.
“She was made to trust Trevor” Meyer said “what has done her serious harm.”
Holley, Bauer’s attorney, said that before they started the second time, he asked the woman what was forbidden and she only asked that he not put his fingers in her throat, which he did the first time, and stopped when she asked him to.
Meyer said the woman suffered serious injuries and emotional trauma following the second meeting, in which she claims Bauer punched her face, vagina and buttocks.
they “Had excruciating pain, unimaginable pain, worse than she had ever experienced” said Meyer.
She went to a hospital, had a nurse examine her and reported the incident to the police, Meyer said. She only decided to apply for the injunction when she learned how long the police investigation would likely take, Meyer said.
The woman became emotional on the stand as she spoke about struggling with alcoholism for a decade and often experiencing trauma, some of it sexual. She testified that she has been sober since she was 25, although she lost her job because she was unable to work with Bauer after the second incident.
The Associated Press does not normally identify anyone who claims to have been a victim of sexual assault.
Bauer agreed to a three-year $ 102 million deal to move to his hometown Dodgers earlier this year after winning his first Cy Young with the Cincinnati Reds last season. Bauer is 8-5 with 2.59 ERA in 17 starts this season.