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Padres pitcher Jose Torres arrested on assault with deadly weapon charges in December

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The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that San Diego Padres reliever Jose Torres was arrested in December after a dispute in which he allegedly brandished a semiautomatic handgun in a domestic dispute.

The incident occurred in the Phoenix, Arizona home Torres shared with a woman. It is not clear whether the woman is Torres’ wife. According to the probable cause statement, Torres knocked a door off its hinges and punched a hole in another door and then pointed the gun at the woman. He was charged with assault with a deadly weapon, criminal damage and making threats or intimidation.

Torres was placed on Major League Baseball’s restricted list yesterday and will no doubt face discipline from the league regardless of how his criminal charges play out. The Padres have released the following statement:

“We are aware of the allegations involving Jose Torres, and he will not be reporting to spring training. We take this matter very seriously and are fully cooperating with the investigation being conducted by the Commissioner’s Office. We will not have any further comment at this time.”

Torres, 24, appeared in 62 games in 2017, posting an ERA of 4.21 in 68.1 innings coming out of the Padres pen.

Bryce Harper defeats Kyle Schwarber 19-18 to win the 2018 Home Run Derby

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Bryce Harper, who said he was tired after taking his cuts in the first round, certainly appeared gassed in the final round. So, too, did his dad, who was throwing to him. But Harper caught fire, going on a tear and tying Kyle Schwarber with 18 home runs before time expired in the final round of the 2018 Home Run Derby. Harper unlocked 30 seconds of bonus time by hitting two home runs at least 440 feet. With his second swing in bonus time, Harper homered to straightaway center field for No. 19. He tossed his bat in celebration, grabbed his trophy, then gave it to his dad before he was mobbed on the field by his All-Star teammates.

Harper hit 13 home runs in the first round, eliminating Freddie Freeman and advancing to the semifinals. In the semis, Harper topped Max Muncy 13-12 to advance to the finals. On Schwarber’s side of the bracket, he bested Alex Bregman 16-15, then defeated Rhys Hoskins 21-20.

Harper is the first member of the Nationals (or Expos) to win the Home Run Derby. Harper participated in the 2013 Derby but finished in second place behind Yoenis Céspedes. Harper is also the first left-handed hitter to win the Derby since Prince Fielder in 2012. The only players to win the Derby in their home park are Todd Frazier in 2015 and Ryne Sandberg in 1990.

As a spectator, the 2018 Home Run Derby was tons of fun. The four-minute clock adds a lot of tension and intrigue even to the initial rounds. Seeing teammates cheer and get excited for their teammates in the Derby is really fun. Of course, watching dinger after dinger is cool, too. Can’t wait for next year.