Update on the latest sportsAP
Bauer fights two-season suspension
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Trevor Bauer is fighting to protect his pitching career, reputation and earning power in the face of the unpaid, two-season suspension he’s been handed by Major League Baseball. The unprecedented punishment was meted out Friday over sexual abuse allegations that Bauer denies.
Now, it will be an arbitrator’s turn to decide whether he ever plays for the Los Angeles Dodgers or any other MLB team again.
If the arbitrator sides with MLB, the 31-year-old pitcher’s full suspension of 324 games without pay would be upheld and Bauer would lose just over $60 million from a $102 million, three-year contract he signed last year. By that time, his contract with the team will have expired.
If Bauer wins, the 2020 NL Cy Young Award winner faces the prospect of rebuilding his reputation, as well as potential public backlash and mending fences with MLB and his team.
A San Diego woman alleged Bauer beat and sexually abused her in 2021. She later sought but was denied a restraining order. Los Angeles prosecutors said in February there was insufficient evidence to prove the woman’s accusations beyond a reasonable doubt. Bauer repeatedly has said that everything that happened between the two was consensual. He vehemently denied that he abused the woman. He was put on administrative leave by MLB in July.
Mets host Phillies again after season’s first no-hitter
UNDATED (AP) — The Mets have a tough act to follow Saturday as they continue their series at home against Philadelphia. They pulled off the first no-hitter of the Major League Baseball season Friday night as Tylor Megill and four relievers teamed up to throw a whopping 159 pitches and beat the Phillies 3-0.
Megill was pulled after five innings and 88 pitches. The bullpen took over from there, with Drew Smith, Joely Rodríguez, Seth Lugo and Edwin Díaz completing the second no-hitter in Mets history. Díaz finished it off in style, striking out Bryce Harper, Nick Castellanos and J.T. Realmuto in the ninth. Johan Santana threw the Mets’ only previous no-hitter in 2012 against St. Louis.
Mets right-hander Taijuan Walker is expected to be activated from the injured list Saturday. He was shelved with right shoulder bursitis on Apr. 12, one day after tossing two perfect innings against the Phillies in his season debut. Right-hander Kyle Gibson is set to pitch for the Phillies. He’s looking to win his second straight start after earning the victory against the Colorado Rockies on Monday.
Elsewhere around the majors:
— The Los Angeles Angels will see how Noah Syndergaard is feeling, a day after the right-hander was scratched from his scheduled start against the White Sox because of an undisclosed illness. Manager Joe Maddon said Syndergaard “wasn’t feeling well,” but wouldn’t elaborate on his symptoms.
Saturday’s game in Chicago is in jeopardy with heavy rain in the forecast. If they have to play a doubleheader Sunday, Maddon hinted Syndergaard might be available to start one of the games.
— Colorado star Kris Bryant will be out into next weekend after he was put on the 10-day injured list because of back pain. Bryant, who signed a $182 million, seven-year free-agent deal in March, is still looking for his first home run with the Rockies. He’s batting .281 with four RBIs and 12 strikeouts in 65 plate appearances. An MRI Friday showed no structural issues. Manager Bud Black said Bryant has been experiencing back soreness since a week ago in Detroit and believes it has affected his early performance. The Rockies continue their series against visiting Cincinnati. Colorado beat the Reds 10-4 on Friday, their 17th loss in 20 games.
— Chris Archer makes his fourth start for Twins, still looking to post his first victory for his new team. The 33-yer-old righty is 0-0 with a 3.18 ERA for Minnesota. He’s pitched a total of 11 1/3 innings this season as he tries to work back from an injury-interrupted career. Archer will start against Tampa Bay at Tropicana Field, a place he knows well. He was a two-time All-Star for the Rays.
— Atlanta Braves rookie right-hander Bryce Elder will be at home in Texas when he starts the middle game of a three-game series against the Rangers Saturday. The fifth-round draft pick out of the University of Texas grew up in Decatur, Texas, which is only about an hour drive from Globe Life Field. Elder, who will make his fourth big league start, grew up going to games at the old Rangers stadium across the street.