Dodgers' Bauer in court...Castro leave extended

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer appeared in court Friday to fight the extension of a protective order sought by a woman who says he choked and punched her during two sexual encounters earlier this year. Attorneys for both sides revealed in court that they intend to call witnesses and argue over the order in what amounts to a trial that is expected to last three days. Judge Dianna Gould-Saltman delayed the beginning of that hearing until Aug. 2

NEW YORK (AP) — Washington Nationals infielder Starlin Castro’s administrative leave was extended by Major League Baseball through July 29 under its domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse policy. The leave began July 16 under the policy adopted by MLB and the players’ association in 2015 and can be the initial step leading to a longer suspension. Castro was placed on the restricted list June 16 due to what manager Dave Martinez at the time said were “family matters.”

BALTIMORE (AP) — The Washington Nationals have shut down Steven Strasburg again after he felt some discomfort in his neck following a recent bullpen session. Manager Dave Martinez says the Nationals are trying to figure out what to do next, which includes the possibility of finding another specialist to look at the right-hander. Strasburg has made just five starts this season due to neck and shoulder issues and has started just seven times since being named the MVP of the 2019 World Series.

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Mets have acquired starting pitcher Rich Hill from the Tampa Bay Rays for right-hander Tommy Hunter and minor league catcher Matt Dyer. Hill could be a valuable addition with starters Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Carlos Carrasco and David Peterson recovering from injuries. The 41-year-old Hill has pitched just 95 1/3 innings this year, going 6-4 with a 3.89 ERA in 19 starts.

UNDATED (AP) — Arizona Coyotes captain Oliver Ekman-Larsson and forward Conor Garland have been shipped to the Vancouver Canucks for the No. 9 selection in tonight's NHL draft, a 2022 second-round pick, a 2023 seventh-rounder and veteran forwards. Antoine Roussel (roo-SEHL’), Jay Beagle and Loui Eriksson. The St. Louis Blues have acquired high-scoring forward Pavel Buchnevich (booch-NEH’-vihch) from the New York Rangers for Sammy Blais and a 2022 second-round pick. The Buffalo Sabres have snared an extra first-round pick in Friday’s NHL draft by sending defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen (rihs-toh-LY’-nehn) to the Philadelphia Flyers in a deal that brings fifth-year defenseman Robert Hagg to western New York.

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