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Odubel Herrera, assault charge...Reds’ Dietrich hot bat...Durant may suit up

May 29, 2019

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Odúbel Herrera has been placed on administrative leave by Major League Baseball following his arrest in a domestic violence case at an Atlantic City casino. The commissioner’s office put Herrera on leave a day after his arrest on an assault charge at the Golden Nugget casino. Police say the victim was Herrera’s girlfriend. The Phillies say they immediately reported the incident to Major League Baseball and strongly support the league’s domestic violence policy.

CINCINNATI (AP) — Derek Dietrich hit three homers _ all two-run shots for Cincinnati_ and the Pittsburgh Pirates suffered yet another injury to their rotation as the Reds pulled away to an 11-6 victory. Dietrich connected in the fourth off Jordan Lyles, who was replaced after the inning because of discomfort in his left hamstring.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) _ Devin Smeltzer added another chapter to his inspiring comeback story, pitching six shutout innings in his big league debut and helping the Minnesota Twins beat the Milwaukee Brewers 5-3. Diagnosed with a grapefruit-sized cancerous tumor against his bladder when he was just 9 years old, Smeltzer wasn’t deterred in his goal to reach the majors. The 23-year-old allowed three hits, walked none and struck out seven. The lanky left-hander threw 69 pitches, 53 for strikes.

OAKLAND (AP) _ Kevin Durant is traveling with the Golden State Warriors to Toronto for the first two games of the NBA Finals, leaving open the chance he could be ready to return from a strained right calf in time for Game 2. The two-time reigning Finals MVP has missed the past five games since getting hurt in Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals against Houston. He has already been ruled out for Game 1.

DESTIN, Fla. (AP) — LSU men’s basketball coach Will Wade acknowledges making “some mistakes” when he refused to speak with school officials in March regarding a leaked FBI wiretap transcript with that begged questions about whether the coach committed recruiting violations. Wade spoke publicly Tuesday for the first time since March 7. He said during the opening day of the Southeastern Conference Spring Meeting that “If I could go back and do it again, I would have taken the meeting.”

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