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Ex-Ray Young charged with hate crime harassment

NEW YORK — Tigers LF Delmon Young apologized Friday before his arraignment on a hate crime harassment charge after a fight at a hotel during which police say he yelled anti-Semitic epithets.

Young, a former Ray who had issues with attitude and behavior and was traded away in 2007, posted a $5,000 bond at a hearing in Manhattan court and was released. The 26-year-old faces a misdemeanor aggravated harassment charge that entails targeting someone for his or her religious beliefs. If convicted, he could face up to a year in jail.

In a statement, Young said: "I sincerely regret what happened last night. … I take this matter very seriously and assure everyone that I will do everything I can to improve myself as a person and player."

Around 2:30 a.m., Young was outside of the Hilton New York. Nearby, a group of tourists were approached by a panhandler wearing a yarmulke and a Star of David around his neck, according to police. As the group reached the hotel doors, Young started yelling anti-Semitic epithets, police said.

It was not clear whom Young was yelling at, but he got into a tussle with the group, and a 32-year-old man was tackled and sustained scratches to his elbows. Both Young and the group went inside the hotel and police were called. Young was first taken to a hospital because he was believed to be intoxicated, police said.

He is due in court May 29.

In 2006 while in the Rays' minor-league system, Young was suspended for 50 games without pay for throwing a bat that hit a replacement umpire in the chest.

Mistake on Pineda? Yankees GM Brian Cashman admitted that he is second-guessing his trade of Jesus Montero for Michael Pineda, who has torn cartilage in his shoulder and needs season-ending surgery.

"Right now, our hopes and dreams for this player are in jeopardy," Cashman told ESPN.com. "Hopefully, someday, our fans will get to see what we expected to see from him."

Pineda was acquired from Seattle in January after taking an MRI exam to make the trade official. "This is a massive decision gone wrong right now," Cashman said.

Nats prospect coming up: OF Bryce Harper, the No. 1 pick in the 2010 amateur draft, joins the Nationals today from Triple-A Syracuse and takes the roster spot of 3B Ryan Zimmerman (to DL with shoulder inflammation). LF Michael Morse is also out injured, so GM Mike Rizzo, who prefers players spend enough time at each minor-league level, makes this move ahead of his timetable. "It was expedited by the circumstances," Rizzo said. Harper, 19, hit .286 in spring training.

Long run by Marlin: Team president David Samson, 44, ran 52.4 miles Friday in his "Run to Honor the Workers," raising more than $550,000 for 10 charities. Samson began in Pompano Beach at 7 a.m. and finished inside the stadium at 6:40 p.m. to raise funds in honor of the workers who built the ballpark. "I didn't realize how long two marathons was; it's just long," he said.

Met hits for cycle: OF Scott Hairston became the 10th Mets player to hit for the cycle. He completed the feat with a two-run double in the sixth, after a single in the second, solo homer in the fourth and a triple in the fifth.

Angels: RHP Jordan Walden, who gave up a winning homer Thursday to the Rays' Brandon Allen, is out as closer and will be replaced by Scott Downs, manager Mike Scioscia announced. … Slumping OF Bobby Abreu, 38 and batting .208 in 24 at-bats, was released.

Obituary: Moose Skowron, a five-time World Series champion and one of two players to hit three homers in Game 7s, died of congestive heart failure in Arlington Heights, Ill. He was 81. He helped the Yankees win four titles in the 1950s and '60s.

Ex-Ray Young charged with hate crime harassment 04/27/12 [Last modified: Saturday, April 28, 2012 12:27am]
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