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ICYMI: Mariners’ Jean Segura Says He Was Assaulted And Robbed By Dominican Cops

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In a since-deleted post on his Instagram account last Thursday, Seattle Mariners shortstop Jean Segura says he was assaulted and robbed at gunpoint by police in his native Dominican Republic.

Following Segura’s claim, the Dominican National Police posted a tweet on their Twitter account indicating a commission had been arranged to investigate.

According to ESPN, Segura wrote the following message in Spanish before deleting his post: “DICAN stops me while carrying rifles, they beat me up, throw me to the floor, steal my belongings and crash my car, as if I were some kind of criminal. … Today (it’s happened to) me, tomorrow, yet another ballplayer who only does things right for his country will be the next one. I’m a married father of two, and if those officers shot at me, that would have been it. And yet people complain because we leave our country.”

DICAN is the Domincan Republic’s anti-drug police. According to CBS Sports, the organization has been “cited for extortion and drug trafficking charges on multiple occasions in recent years.”

Segura, 27, hit .300/.349/.427 with 11 homers and 49 RBIs for the Mariners in 2017, his first season with the team after being acquired in a trade with the Arizona Diamondbacks last November. His 2016 campaign was his only as a D’Back as well as his breakout season, hitting .319/.368/.499 with a career-high 20 homers, 64 RBIs, 41 doubles, 102 runs, 319 total bases, and a National League leading 203 hits.

The six-year shortstop has been in the majors since 2012, first appearing for the Los Angeles Angels (one game) before spending the remainder of that season (44 games) with the Milwaukee Brewers. He enjoyed three full years for Milwaukee from 2013-15, and enjoyed his lone All-Star appearance in 2013, stealing a career-high 44 bases that year (at least 20 steals each year since then).

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Red Sox Designate Eduardo Nunez For Assignment

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The Boston Red Sox have designated infielder Eduardo Nunez for assignment, according to a team announcement on Monday.

Boston also optioned right hander Hector Velazquez to Triple A Pawtucket.

In corresponding moves, the Red Sox have called up right hander Ryan Weber and first basemen/outfielder Sam Travis from Triple A.

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Royals Considered Likely to be Moving Billy Hamilton, Terrance Gore

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As the trade deadline approaches, the Kansas City Royals may be ready to enter sale mode.

According to MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan, the Royals may be moving both Billy Hamilton and Terrance Gore, who has already been designated for assignment.

Hamilton has been dropped to a backup role following the Royals call up of top prospect Bubba Starling, and hasn’t started a game since July 3rd.

Hamilton has posted a .217/.284/.271 slash line this season.

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Orioles’ Mychal Givens Drawing Trade Interest

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Mychal Givens

The Baltimore Orioles are again going to be sellers at the trade deadline and it appears that closer Mychal Givens is available, and drawing interest, according to MASNSports’ Rock Kubatko.

Per the report, the Washington Nationals and the Philadelphia Phillies have expressed interest in the pitcher.

Givens has posted a 4.50 ERA this season for Baltimore.

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