Atlanta pitching coach Roger McDowell issued an apology on Wednesday in response to a fan's complaint that McDowell spewed homophobic comments, made crude sexual gestures and threatened to knock out his teeth with a bat before the Braves played the Giants over the weekend.
"I am deeply sorry that I responded to the heckling fans in San Francisco on Saturday," McDowell said in a statement.
Justin Quinn, 33, of Fresno said he was in the stands at AT&T Park in San Francisco during pre-game batting practice with his wife and 9-year-old twin daughters when he noticed McDowell hectoring three men and making crude sexual gestures with his hips and a bat.
Quinn, who was down in front of the field, then shouted, "Hey, there are kids out here," he said during a news conference at the Los Angeles office of noted attorney Gloria Allred. Quinn said the coach replied that kids don't belong at a baseball park, picked up a bat, walked up to Quinn and asked him, "How much are your teeth worth?"
■ Lexington Catholic graduate Ben Revere, dropped from the leadoff spot to eighth in the batting order, went 2-for-3 with a walk and an RBI in Triple A Rochester's 3-2 victory Wednesday against Buffalo. Revere, who has never hit below .300 in four seasons in the Twins' minor-league system, bumped his average up from .194 to .214.
■ Former UK pitcher James Paxton made his first minor-league start Wednesday since his tumultuous exit from UK in 2009. Paxton allowed four hits, one earned run and four walks while striking out six over six innings in a 7-2 loss for the Class A Clinton LumberKings in Iowa. Paxton, 23, signed with the Mariners March 4. He was drafted in the first round in 2009 by Toronto but did not sign. UK refused to let Paxton rejoin the team unless he agreed to an eligibility interview with the NCAA. Paxton sued UK, then skipped his senior season and played for an independent team in Texas.
■ Former Kentucky standout Ryan Strieby hit his third home run of the season in Triple A Toledo's 6-2 win Wednesday in the first game of a doubleheader at Syracuse. The Tigers prospect was 2-for-3 and was hitting .284.
■ Phillies ace Roy Oswalt has left the team for Mississippi, where tornadoes have caused deaths and widespread damage near his home. The team said Oswalt went back to make sure his wife and daughter were safe and that there wasn't any significant damage to his home. His parents' home was destroyed by a tornado a year ago. No timetable has been set for his return, though the Phillies were hopeful he'd be back for his next start.
■ Federal justice officials will meet with MLB representatives after the name of Nationals pitcher Livan Hernandez surfaced in the trial of a convicted drug dealer. Prosecutors presented evidence at the trial ending Tuesday that Puerto Rican drug dealer Angel Ayala Vazquez had a Porsche, a Lamborghini and a warehouse containing a recording studio, a barber shop and a car repair shop registered in Hernandez's name.
■ The Indians are down another starter now that Carlos Carrasco is headed to the 15-day DL with a sore right elbow. He will join right-hander Mitch Talbot, who has been sidelined since April 17 with a strained elbow.