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Knoblauch charged with assault of ex-wife

FORMER BASEBALL star Chuck Knoblauch has been charged with misdemeanor assault after authorities in Houston say he hit and pushed his ex-wife.

Knoblauch was released on $10,000 bond. His first court date is set for July 30. The four-time All-Star previously served a year of probation after being convicted of hitting his previous wife in 2010.

His latest run-in with the law prompted the Minnesota Twins to cancel Knoblauch's induction ceremony into the Twins Hall of Fame that was scheduled for Aug. 23.

Knoblauch also played for the New York Yankees and Kansas City Royals during a 12-year career.

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He was set to be inducted into the Twins Hall of Fame in August. The Twins quickly canceled those plans yesterday.

"There are no plans to reschedule," Twins president Dave St. Peter said. "I suppose over time this could be revisited, but at this time from the Twins' organization perspective, we currently have no intent to reschedule."

Knoblauch was an elite second baseman for the Twins from 1991-1997, a four-time All-Star, the AL Rookie of the Year in 1991 and a Gold Glove winner.

But Knoblauch's image in Minnesota took a serious hit in his final season here when he requested to be traded from a team that had fallen on hard times. He was sent to the Yankees in a deal that netted the Twins Eric Milton and Cristian Guzman, but many fans never forgave him. Knoblauch was the subject of merciless heckling every time he returned to Minnesota with the Yankees, including one game in 2001 that had to be stopped briefly when fans threw things at him while he played in leftfield.

He also struggled with drug problems and had issues with the law, but had been in close contact with the Twins since being voted into the team's hall in January.

"He had certainly expressed to me he was in a different place in his life," St. Peter said. "He had learned from a variety of mistakes he had made in his life and he was looking forward to re-establishing a relationship with a lot of his teammates from his time in Minnesota, from people in the front office and, most importantly, with our fans. I know today that's something that he needs to deal with and he's very disappointed that that opportunity, at least in the short term, is not going to happen."

Knoblauch was voted into the Twins hall by a committee of voters that included some Twins employees and former players but also media members in the area. Knoblauch will not be listed as a member of the team's Hall of Fame and he will not have a plaque to commemorate the honor with the other members outside Target Field.


In NL games

* At Atlanta, Jarrod Saltalamacchia drove in the go-ahead run in the ninth inning, Henderson Alvarez (7-5) won for the first time in three starts and the Miami Marlins beat the Braves, 3-2.

* At Milwaukee, Jonathan Lucroy, Ryan Braun and Khris Davis all homered and the Brewers cruised past the New York Mets, 9-1.


In AL games

* At Toronto, Marcus Stroman and two relievers combined on a one-hitter, Juan Francisco drove in four runs and came within a double of the cycle and the Blue Jays beat the Boston Red Sox, 8-0.

Stroman's no-hit bid ended when Shane Victorino blooped a single to center to lead off the seventh. One out later, Victorino was erased on Mike Napoli's doubleplay grounder. Stroman (6-2) only allowed two other baserunners on walks and struck out seven in seven innings. The rookie righthander is 5-1 with an 1.54 ERA in seven home starts.

Red Sox slugger David Ortiz injured his lower back on a swing in the ninth inning and was replaced by Jonny Gomes, who flied out to end the game.

* At New York, Brandon McCarthy (2-0) threw six more solid innings, fellow newcomer Chase Headley delivered another timely hit and the Yankees beat the Texas Rangers, 4-2, for their sixth win in seven games.

* At Oakland, Brandon Moss hit a grand slam and the Athletics gave Jeff Samardzija (2-1) more run support than he has had all season in a 13-1 victory over the Houston Astros.

* At Minneapolis, Hector Noesi (5-7) allowed just three hits over 7 2/3 innings and Adam Eaton had three hits, including a two-run single, as the Chicago White Sox handled the Minnesota Twins, 5-2.



* Kendrys Morales is on his way back to Seattle to try and give the Mariners' struggling offense a boost as they chase a playoff spot. The Minnesota Twins traded Morales to the Mariners for minor league pitcher Stephen Pryor. Morales hit 23 home runs and drove in 80 runs for the Mariners last season, but turned down a $14.1 million qualifying offer from Seattle to become a free agent.

In the first sign that the Twins are starting to look at selling some of their veteran pieces to retool for next season, they acquired Pryor in the exchange. Pryor, 25, has appeared in 34 games for the Mariners since 2012, posting a 2.81 ERA.

* The New York Yankees acquired lefthander Chris Capuano, 35, from the Colorado Rockies in exchange for cash.

* The Chicago White Sox placed righthander Zach Putnam on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation.

* Major League Baseball says umpires made the correct call when they stopped a game between the Texas Rangers and New York Yankees because tarp trouble left the field too wet.

The Yankees won, 2-1, Wednesday night after umpires called the game with New York batting in the bottom of the fifth inning.

MLB said yesterday that the "sudden onset of extreme rain . . . affected the ability of the grounds crew to put the tarp in place." MLB said the umpires were right to halt the game out of concern for player safety.

The tarp was taken off the field when the rain ended, but the field was deemed unplayable.


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