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Angels’ Washburn Won’t Face Charges

September 11, 2002

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SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) _ The Orange County district attorney will not file sexual assault charges against Anaheim Angels ace pitcher Jarrod Washburn.

``We have thoroughly reviewed the case and we are rejecting the case based on lack of sufficient evidence at this time,″ deputy district attorney Randy Payne said Wednesday.

Washburn, 28, was not arrested in the case.

KABC-TV, citing an unidentified source, reported Tuesday that a 16-year-old girl called police from an Orange County hospital room on Sept. 1 and made the allegation.

Washburn left Edison Field on Tuesday before the Angels played Oakland. His agent, Scott Boras, said the allegations were baseless but the pitcher didn’t ``want to be a distraction.″

The pitcher’s next scheduled start is Friday against Texas, although manager Mike Scioscia was considering starting him Thursday in the series finale against Oakland.

Washburn is Anaheim’s leading pitcher, with a 17-5 record and a 3.32 ERA, and had a 12-game winning streak stopped at the end of July. Washburn has been married for three years and has one son.

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