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Maxwell's arrest on gun charge leaves his baseball future uncertain

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Maxwell's arrest on gun charge leaves his baseball future uncertain

Details remained sparse Sunday afternoon and the future uncertain for A’s catcher Bruce Maxwell, who was arrested the night before in Arizona for allegedly pointing a gun at a female food delivery driver.

Maxwell was transferred from the Scottsdale city jail to Maricopa County jail Sunday morning, a Scottsdale Police Department spokesperson said, after being arrested on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and disorderly conduct. It wasn’t immediately known when Maxwell might make his initial court appearance.

The woman making the allegation claimed Maxwell pointed a gun at her Saturday night, and Maxwell was taken into custody at his Scottsdale home at roughly 6 p.m. that night.

After drawing attention as the first major league player to kneel during the national anthem to protest racial injustice, Maxwell’s offseason has gotten off to a very turbulent start. Earlier this week, he told TMZ Sports that he and two friends were refused service at an Alabama restaurant because of a waiter’s disapproval with his decision to kneel. That drew a direct denial from restaurant employees, leaving it unclear whose version of the story is the truth.

But his weekend arrest is much more serious, and how the legal process unfolds obviously could impact not only his baseball future but his life in general. In Arizona, any assault with a deadly weapon charge is considered “aggravated” and listed a Class 3 felony, with Class 1 the most serious on a scale of 1-6.

Penalties for a Class 3 felony in the state can include anywhere from five to 15 years in prison plus a fine up to $150,000, though a number of factors are taken into consideration that could reduce sentencing, including whether the defendant has any prior criminal history. Right now, it’s not even clear if the charges will be carried forth against Maxwell toward a potential trial, and if so, whether he could plea bargain to lesser charges.

Maxwell’s agent, Matt Sosnick, declined any comment when contacted Sunday afternoon.

Aside from his legal issues, it stands to reason that Maxwell could face separate punishment from Major League Baseball over his arrest.

At the very least, this latest incident will reflect poorly on Maxwell’s reputation. That’s unfortunate for the 26-year-old catcher in that — regardless of where people stood on his polarizing decision to kneel during the anthem — he seemed to win respect from A’s teammates and many around baseball for his intelligent, genuine explanation for why he chose to kneel in the first place.

Maxwell joined A’s president Dave Kaval and manager Bob Melvin for a trip to Santa Rosa recently to bring gifts to a young boy who lost all of his baseball memorabilia in the North Bay wildfires. Afterward, Maxwell tweeted about how impactful it was for him personally to visit with fire victims.

After the regular season wrapped up, A’s executive VP of baseball operations Billy Beane praised Maxwell’s on-field performance in 2017 and said the rookie set up nicely as Oakland’s primary catcher looking ahead to 2018. But again, how things unfold from a legal standpoint likely will impact his status with the A’s.

“We were disappointed to learn of the allegations,” the A’s said in a press release Sunday. “We take this situation and ongoing investigation seriously. We are gathering information from the proper authorities and do not have further comment at this time.”

A's streak snapped in Texas despite Graveman's best start of season

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A's streak snapped in Texas despite Graveman's best start of season

BOX SCORE

ARLINGTON -- Isiah Kiner-Falefa hit a go-ahead single in the fifth inning and the Texas bullpen protected the lead Wednesday night, giving the Rangers a 4-2 victory over the Oakland Athletics.

Four Texas relievers worked 4 1/3 hitless innings to stop Oakland's four-game winning streak.

Jesse Chavez (1-0) retired all four batters he faced in relief of starter Doug Fister. Keone Kila pitched a perfect ninth for his fourth save of the season.

Kendall Graveman (0-5) got the first two outs in the fifth before four straight batters reached, beginning with Jurickson Profar's double. Texas scored twice in the inning for a 3-2 lead.

Graveman, who entered the game with a 10.07 ERA, recorded season highs with six innings and seven strikeouts.

Khris Davis' two-out, opposite-field home run in the third was his seventh of the season and 19th in 44 career games against Texas, his most against any opponent.

The Rangers' first run scored in the fourth on a grounder when Juan Centeno beat the relay throw to first on what would have been an inning-ending double play. Oakland challenged, and the call stood.

Texas added an insurance run in the eighth on an RBI triple by Ronald Guzman.

Fister was activated from the disabled list earlier in the day and allowed two runs and four hits in 4 2/3 innings while throwing 105 pitches. He was out since April 10 with a right hip strain.

As Fister was activated, Texas placed Adrian Beltre on the 10-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring.

SHORT HOPS:
Graveman's 112 pitches equaled his career high. . Oakland acquired RHP Wilmer Font from the Dodgers for LHP Logan Salow. . Texas recalled OF Ryan Rua from Triple-A Round Rock to replace Beltre on the roster and optioned RHP Matt Bush to Round Rock to make room for Fister.

TRAINER'S ROOM:
Athletics: LHP Ryan Buchter left with after facing one batter in the seventh inning with shoulder stiffness.

UP NEXT:
Athletics: LHP Sean Manaea (3-2 1.23), who no-hit the Red Sox on Saturday, will pitch Friday against Houston LHP Dallas Keuchel (1-3, 3.10).

Rangers: LHP Mike Minor (1-1, 3.86), who has lasted six innings in only one of his four starts this season, will face Toronto RHP Marcus Stroman (0-2, 8.55) on Friday.

Downloading a new Font: A's acquire reliever from Dodgers

Downloading a new Font: A's acquire reliever from Dodgers

The A's are taking a flier on a journeyman reliever.

Wilmer Font, a 27-year-old right-handed pitcher was acquired from the Dodgers on Wednesday.

Font has had a rough beginning to the 2018 season. In six appearances with Los Angeles, he allowed 18 hits, 13 earned run and five home runs in 10.1 innings for an ugly 11.32 ERA.

For the moment, Font is not on the A's active roster, but a move could be made soon to give him on the 25-man roster.

Oakland is sending minor league left-handed pitcher Logan Salow back to the Dodgers. A 2017 sixth-round pick, Salow made four appearances for the Low-A Beloit Snappers and posted a 1.59 ERA.