A.J. Hinch denies report of involvement in hotel bar altercation


Update #2 (7:03 PM ET): Hinch denies the report from TMZ.


Update (6:11 PM ET): Joel Sherman of the New York Post adds some additional information:


TMZ Sports is reporting that Astros manager A.J. Hinch was involved in a heated bar altercation following his team’s loss to the Dodgers in Game 1 of the World Series.

As TMZ tells it, Hinch was at the bar in his Pasadena hotel on Tuesday night having some drinks. Some patrons came in and started criticizing the Astros, which caused Hinch to snap. He allegedly yelled and cursed at the fans. According to a witness, the incident turned physical and the cops had to be called to intervene.

TMZ spoke to the Pasadena Police Department, who said they responded at 10:30 PM to help hotel security “keep the peace.” They described the incident as involving “team management” of the Houston Astros. No arrests were made and no report was taken. Hinch can still face punishment from Major League Baseball or the Astros, though, but we’ll have to wait and see about that.

If the report is true, this isn’t a good look for Hinch. Thus far, he’s had a squeaky clean image as a manager.

Braves claim Grant Dayton off waivers from Dodgers

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The Braves claimed lefty reliever Grant Dayton off waivers from the Dodgers, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Dayton, 29, underwent Tommy John surgery back in August and is almost certainly out for the entire 2018 season. The Braves, obviously, are making a longer-term play here by acquiring him, as he is under team control through 2022.

Over parts of two seasons in the majors, Dayton has a 3.42 career ERA with 59 strikeouts and 18 walks in 50 innings.