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Sergio Romo barks at Michael Taylor after final out in Nats-Rays game, benches clear

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Last night the Washington Nationals got dominated by Blake Snell and the Tampa Bay Rays, losing 11-0. Momentum, they say, is your next day’s starting pitcher, and at noon today that pitcher was Max Scherzer, so things looked pretty good for Washington all things considered.

Scherzer did his part — he gave up only one run on a first inning fielder’s choice in seven innings of work — but it wasn’t enough. The Rays shut out the Nationals once again and won the game 1-0.

Nathan Eovaldi tossed six shutout innings allowing only one hit and the bullpen only gave up two hits in its three innings. Nats batters struck out 12 times, running their scoreless innings streak to 18. The Nats are on a pretty uninspiring stretch of baseball these days and, pending the Braves-Reds game tonight, sit in third place in the NL East, 4.5 games back of the Braves.

Not that the Rays covered themselves in glory. Sergio Romo came into the game in the ninth and, after recording an out, faced Michael A. Taylor with two down. Romo struck Taylor out — ending the game — but then walked toward him barking and taunting him, leading to the benches clearing, though no punches were thrown.

This was no doubt Romo’s effort at retaliation for Taylor stealing a base against Romo and the Rays on June sixth, when the Nats had a big lead. Which is an idiotic thing for Romo to fill his diaper over, but Baseball Veterans Who Get Off On Going About Their Business The Right Way are gonna Baseball Veterans Who Get Off On Going About Their Business The Right Way. Thank GOD you put that horrible self-promoting punk, uh, Michael A. Taylor in his place. Wait, Michael A. Taylor is about as much of a baby faced schoolboy as there in the game. Maybe Romo is a just a jerk?

 

Yeah, I’d say so.

Anyway, maybe this will light a fire under the Nationals somehow. Something’s gotta.

Report: Felipe Vázquez arrested on child sex charges

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Jeff Passan of ESPN is reporting that Pittsburgh Pirates closer Felipe Vázquez has been arrested and charged with one count of computer pornography, the solicitation of a child, and one count of providing obscene material to minors.

The details, from a report from the Lee County, Florida Sheriff’s Department are ugly.

According to authorities, Vázquez has allegedly been engaging in sexual activity with a now-15-year-old girl from the time she as 13 years-old. As recently as this July Vázquez allegedly sent the victim videos of him engaging in an unspecified sex act. Vázquez also allegedly sent the victim texts saying that they would meet for sex after the baseball season was over. It is unclear based on the minimal information currently available if the “sexual activity” referred to in the past involved physical activity or merely electronic communication.

The age of consent in the State of Florida is 18. While, like many states, Florida has “close-in-age” exceptions, they do not apply to the 28-year-old Vázquez and someone as young as his alleged victim.

Vázquez has been placed on administrative leave by Major League Baseball while the case is pending against him.

We will, without question, be following this story as it develops.