Chuck Knoblauch pleads guilty to spousal abuse

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Knoblauch.jpgAn ugly scene involving the former Twins and Yankees second baseman comes to a close:

Former New York
Yankees star Chuck Knoblauch pleaded guilty today to a misdemeanor
charge of assaulting of a family member in exchange for a year of
deferred adjudication, according to court records.

The Houston native
was accused of choking his wife, Stacey Stelmach on Sept. 25, 2009,
after drinking and taking the anti-anxiety prescription drug Xanax,
prosecutors said.

Among the noted side effects of Xanax are aggression, rage, hostility, mania, agitation and restlessness. Combining it with alcohol is considered highly dangerous, and has been linked to behavioral changes and other nastiness.  Maybe it’s time Knoblauch gave up both.

Orioles “have begun fielding calls of interest” on Manny Machado

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Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports Thursday that the Orioles “are said to have begun fielding calls of interest” on superstar Manny Machado and “are close to the point of seriously weighing whether to trade him.”

You’d think it would be a no-brainer for the last-place O’s to flip Machado — an impending free agent — for prospects, but Heyman notes there is “still a question whether or not longtime Orioles owner Peter Angelos” will give the go-ahead. One person familiar with the situation put it a “50-50” likelihood. Another suggested that it would take a massive return, which, sure.

Machado entered play Thursday with a sensational .328/.405/.635 batting line, 15 home runs, and an MLB-leading 43 RBI in 49 games. It’d be a real shock if he’s still wearing an O’s uniform by the end of July.

Heyman reported previously that at least nine teams made aggressive plays for Machado this winter, including the Cubs, Phillies, Dodgers, Indians, Diamondbacks, Yankees, Red Sox, White Sox, and Cardinals. A whole lot of those teams still make sense here in late May — maybe all of them except the White Sox.