Saturday, December 16, 2017
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Ex-Rays OF accused of assault

MIAMI — Former Rays outfielder Delmon Young was arrested late Sunday night on a misdemeanor battery charge for allegedly choking and threatening to kill a valet, police said Monday.

According to the report, the attendant refused Young entry into an elevator that led to a closed nightclub at the Viceroy hotel. Police said Young shouted, "Stupid Cuban. Open the (expletive door)," then walked away for a moment before returning.

Young then yelled, "I'm gonna (expletive) kill you, you Latin piece of (expletive)," according to the report, before reaching over the valet stand and grabbing the man's neck for about five seconds.

After police arrived at his home, Young answered the door "naked from his waist down" and "was unsteady on his feet and spoke with slurred speech," the report states.

After he was identified on the scene by the attendant, Young told the officer, "I'll slap you in the face with money you (expletive) Cuban," per the report.

Young, 30, has dealt with public issues before. He pleaded guilty to harassment after an April 2012 altercation in which he yelled anti-Semitic comments outside of his Manhattan hotel.

The first overall pick in the 2003 draft by the Rays, he was suspended for 50 games in 2006 for throwing a bat at an umpire while with Triple-A Durham.

CLIPPARD TO D'BACKS: Right-handed reliever Tyler Clippard agreed to a two-year contract with Arizona. The Rays were reportedly interested in the former Mitchell High standout, who turns 31 on Sunday.

CUBANS COMING TO U.S.: Star Cuban infielder Yulieski Gourriel and his younger brother Loudes slipped away from their hotel in the Dominican Republic in an apparent effort to launch careers in Major League Baseball. MLB scouts consider Yulieski, 31, one of Cuba's best and most major league-ready players.

PITCHER RETIRES: Right-hander Freddy Garcia announced his retirement after 15 seasons. Garcia, 38, leads all Venezuela-born pitchers with 156 career wins.

TIGERS: Rightfielder J.D. Martinez agreed to an $18.5 million, two-year contract, avoiding salary arbitration.

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