Dylan Buell/Getty ImagesThe wife of Addison Russell , Melisa Reidy, said she was assaulted by the Chicago Cubs infielder in a blog post last week.Russell was then placed onpaid鈥?administrative鈥?leave by Major League Baseball, though according to a report by Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the league had additional information beyond Reidy's post:"The post alone would not have been enough for baseball to force Russell off the field under its joint domestic violence policy with the players' union. The league had additional credible information, according to sources familiar with its investigation."The league's investigation includes interviews with Reidy and numerous other witnesses, and with officials gathering additional information since Russell went on leave, sources said."Reidy, who also accused Russell of emotional abuse, neglect and infidelity, didn't outline the details of Russell's physical abuse but did write that it occurred:"The first time I was physicallymistreated by my spouse, I was in shock. I couldn't wrap my head around what just happened鈥hy did he get so angry? What did I do for him to want to put his hands on me? Of course I forgave himassumed it would never happen again. I just thought he had let his emotions get the best of him Joe Crede Jersey , he loves me and he's sorry. I was deeply hurt that he could even be capable of this behavior towards me, I couldn't understand how the man I was so in love with, the FATHER of my child, the man I married just a few months ago could show such aggression towards me鈥?Reidy also suggested Russell physically abused her on her last visit to see him."But, as I expected our visit was a nightmare, I swore to myself it would be the last time he'd lay his hands on meit would be that last time I'd let my son be a witness to it," she wrote.As Rosenthal noted, Russell and the MLB Players' Union did not call for an emergency hearing to challenge the league's decision to place him on administrative leave, though he added that"Russell's camp is pushing back behind the scenes."It also appears likely that Russell will ultimately get suspended, with Rosenthal writing there was a "slim" chance of Russell rejoining the Cubs for the postseason and that every player previously placed on administrativeleave ultimately accepted a suspension without an appeal.Russell, 24 , has spent the past four seasons as Chicago's shortstop. He denied the accusations in Reidy's blog post Friday."These allegations are completely false," he said in a statement. "I made that clear to Major League Baseball last year and reiterated it to the Cubs today. I'm confident any full and fair investigation will fully exonerate me. The protection of my children is foremost in my mind so I will have no further comment."Cubs manager Joe Maddon told The Score (h/tPaul Sullivanof theChicago Tribune)he hadn't read Reidy's post and was going to allow the investigation to run its course, while Cubs president Theo Epstein noted that "if you know someone in one context, you don't necessarily know them fully.""And, that said, he's a member of this organization who has been an active member of this club," Epstein continued. "His dealings with us have been certainly on the up-and-up. And I can't speculate as to things that occur beyond this, except to say that we certainly are concerned about the accusations." The Oakland Athletics will travel to Seattle with a little extra luggage.Like several cases of champagne.The A’s were prevented from clinching an American League wild-card berth at home Sunday, suffering a 5-1 defeat to the Minnesota Twins.Article continues below ...“I think it was a little disappointing,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said. “A lot of times we put on our best shows late in games, unfortunately it didn’t happen (Sunday).”The A’s (94-62) lead Tampa Bay by 7 1/2 games with their magic number down to one Ron Santo Jersey , meaning one Oakland victory or one Rays loss and the race is over.The A’s trail the New York Yankees by 1 1/2 games for the top wild-card berth, with the winner hosting the one-game playoff.“It would have been nice to clinch, but we weren’t changing anything up or anything like that,” Oakland first baseman Matt Olson said.The Twins’ Kyle Gibson stymied the A’s on Sunday by allowing just one run over 7 1/3 innings “For the last couple of years we’ve seen people celebrate when we’re in town,” Gibson said. “To be able to finish off the season and not have to watch anybody celebrate, kind of nice.”Right-hander Daniel Mengden (7-6, 4.00 ERA) is scheduled to make his first start since June 23 for Oakland and will face Mariners left-hander James Paxton (11-6, 3.83 ERA), who has been sidelined by pneumonia since Sept. 7.Mengden is 0-2 with a 6.23 ERA in three career appearances against the Mariners. He worked two innings of relief in an 8-7 loss on Sept. 1 in Oakland, allowing four runs (three earned) on five hits with one walk and one strikeout.Paxton is 4-0 with a 3.70 ERA in nine career starts against Oakland. He has faced the A’s three times previously this season. He struck out a career-high 16 in seven innings but didn’t get a decision on May 2 in Seattle; left after one-third of an inning after being hit on his pitching arm by a Jed Lowrie line drive Aug. 14 in Oakland; and beat the A’s in that Sept. 1 game, allowing three runs on two hits in innings , with four walks and 10 strikeouts.The Mariners were eliminated from the wild-card chase Saturday, despite defeating the Texas Rangers 13-0. Later that evening, the A’s beat Minnesota 3-2 on a walk-off wild pitch.Manager Scott Servais said the Mariners (85-70) had already accepted their fate.“The finality of it set in before the actual mathematical elimination,” Servais said.Despite losing 6-1 Sunday in Texas, the Mariners finished the road portion of their schedule with a 44-37 record, their second-most wins away from home since 2002.“I think we’ve swung the bat better on the road than we have at home,” Servais said. “I’ve often said you have to hit to on the road to win. Obviously, that’s what we didn’t do enough of (Sunday). But overall, we have had some good trips and some good series on the road, but it just hasn’t been enough.”

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