Sergio Romo issues apology for incident at Las Vegas airport

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We learned earlier today that Giants reliever Sergio Romo was detained in a Las Vegas airport on New Year’s Day for allegedly “becoming belligerent” with a TSA officer after he couldn’t provide proper ID to pass through security. Courtesy of John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle, the fan favorite has issued the following statement apologizing for his actions:

I would like to sincerely apologize about the recent events at the Las Vegas airport which brought negative attention to the San Francisco Giants. I love and respect the Giants, my teammates and our fans and promise to conduct myself in the future in the in the “San Francisco Giants Way.”

Since the initial report from TMZ surfaced a few hours ago, CSNBayArea.com obtained a statement from Officer Bill Cassell of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department which said that while Romo was cuffed and detained, he was merely cited for a violation of airport rules and not arrested. Similar to getting a ticket, he will either pay a fine or have his day in court. In another matter of clarification, it appears that Romo was not a passenger, but was either picking someone up or dropping someone off.

Giancarlo Stanton will defend his Home Run Derby title

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The Marlins announced on Sunday that outfielder Giancarlo Stanton will defend his Home Run Derby title when the city of Miami host’s the All-Star Game festivities next month.

Stanton, 27, defeated Todd Frazier in the finals of last year’s Home Run Derby at Petco Park, hitting 20 home runs to Frazier’s 13. Stanton hit a total of 61 home runs in the Derby. This will be the third Home Run Derby in which Stanton has participated.

Stanton also went 1-for-3 with a solo home run to help the Marlins defeat the Cubs 4-2 on Sunday. He’s now batting .274/.357/.551 with 20 home runs and 49 RBI in 311 plate appearances.

Aaron Hicks to go on the disabled list with an oblique injury

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Yankees outfielder Aaron Hicks left Sunday’s game against the Rangers after four innings due to soreness in his right oblique. After the game, Hicks said he expects to go on the 10-day disabled list and miss the next three to four weeks, MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch reports.

Hicks was 1-for-2 with a single before departing on Sunday. He entered the game batting .288/.397/.515 with 10 home runs and 37 RBI in 198 plate appearances. It is by far the best season of his career.

Jacoby Ellsbury is on his way back from a concussion, so the Yankees will only have to bridge the gap in center field for a week or two. Mason Williams could draw some starts in center field in the meantime.