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Details of former Arizona Cardinals star safety Adrian Wilson’s arrest on June 1 describe Wilson as unstable after a domestic disturbance at the Wilson family home early that morning.

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Wilson, 44, had been the Carolina Panthers’ vice president of player personnel until recently, when it was reported by the Charlotte Observer that the former five-time Pro Bowler and Cardinals Ring of Honor inductee was no longer employed by the NFL team. He was in Scottsdale on June 1 when police came to his house and took him into custody on charges of assault with reckless intent to injure, criminal property damage and disorderly conduct-disruptive behavior.

The official Scottsdale Police Department incident report, obtained Wednesday by The Arizona Republic, said police responded to a call from the Wilson family home after Wilson’s daughter called for help, telling a dispatcher that her father “had yelled at her mom, threw multiple objects around, took a gun out of a safe, and drove off after saying he was going to kill himself in the desert.”

The Wilson family met police at a precinct, where family members described Wilson’s angry behavior. According to report details, he’d put his hands around the neck of his wife and broken things in the room, upset over his wife having left him separation papers for him to sign.

Wilson, who was a scout and also worked in the Cardinals’ front office before taking the Carolina job in early 2023, had gone to live in North Carolina while his family stayed behind in Arizona. Wilson’s wife said she’d hired a private investigator to look into her husband being unfaithful, and Adrian Wilson “just lost it from there” after he’d seen the separation papers.

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Wilson took a handgun out of a safe as the argument became physical, and his wife was able to get herself and her children out of the house.

Wilson threatened suicide to his mother, he admitted in an interview with police. He admitted to breaking objects in the house, and that it was depressing being away from family for 14 months. He also denied becoming physical with his wife, despite her report saying that Wilson had placed his hands around her neck.

At 6:33 a.m. on June 1, Wilson was informed of the charges against him and taken into custody. He complied with officers without incident.

Later that morning, Wilson was released. ESPN reported that he’d posted bail.

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Wilson is due for a virtual court appearance on July 16.



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Tracking former Southern Arizona & Arizona Wildcats baseball players in pros (7/13) | ALLSPORTSTUCSON.com

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NOTE: This is a compilation of stats involving players from Southern Arizona and the Arizona Wildcats’ program in MLB-sanctioned leagues (MLB and minor leagues). The list does not include players in foreign leagues or independent leagues in the US.

RECENT TRANSACTIONS (LAST 14 DAYS)

Former Arizona second baseman Kobe Kato is back with a major-league organization with the Seattle Mariners after playing in the Houston Astros organization from 2021 to the early part of this season (York Revolution photo)

Friday, July 12
Kobe Kato – Assigned to ACL Mariners (Rk) (Seattle Mariners)
Kobe Kato – Signed to minor league contract (Seattle Mariners)

Wednesday, July 10
Matthew Dyer- IL-60 Injured (undisclosed) (Tampa Bay Rays)

Wednesday, July 3
Matthew Dyer- IL-7 Injured (undisclosed) (Tampa Bay Rays)

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Sunday, June 30
Tylor Megill – Assigned to Syracuse Mets (AAA) (New York Mets)

Former Arizona second baseman Kobe Kato — who was playing independent baseball for York (Pa.) of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball Clubs — was signed Friday to a minor-league contract by the Seattle Mariners and was assigned the Mariners’ Arizona Complex League for rookies in Phoenix, it was announced today by club officials.

The Hawaii native signed with York before the start of spring training after beginning his third pro season in the Houston Astros organization at Double-A Corpus Christi. The left-handed hitter was originally a 13th-round draft pick of the Astros in 2021 following a standout career at Arizona.

Kato 25, batted .255 with seven home runs, 14 doubles, two triples, and 27 RBIs in 64 games with York this season. He ranked fourth in the league with 46 walks contributing to a .385 on-base percentage. He was also among league leaders in stolen bases, going a franchise-record 27 consecutive stolen base attempts without being caught.

He had an early-season 21-game on-base streak and he reached safely in each of his final 32 home games at WellSpan Park while batting .339 with a .497 on-base percentage on that stretch.

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Defensively, Kato posted a .974 fielding percentage in 64 starts at second base.

LOCAL BASEBALL PLAYERS IN THE PROS

Listing of local baseball players either from high school or Arizona currently playing in pro baseball.
*Barraza, Sahuarita graduate
*Romero, CDO graduate
*Salazar, Sahuaro graduate

Player Pos Sch Yrs Team Lvl Org
Nate Baez 1B IRHS 16-19 Cedar Rapids A+ MIN
Christopher Barraza P UA* 21-23 Inland Empire A LAA
Branden Boissiere 1B UA 19-21 Wilmington A+ WAS
Tony Bullard 3B UA 20-23 Beloit A+ MIA
Alex Bustamante P CDO 16-18 Tampa A NYY
Demetrio Crisantes SS Nogales 19-22 Visalia A ARI
Bobby Dalbec 1B UA 14-16 Boston AAA BOS
Chase Davis OF UA 21-23 Palm Beach A STL
Jose Dicochea P Sahuarita 16-19 Stockton A OAK
Matthew Dyer C UA 19-20 Montgomery AA TB
German Fajardo P Nogales 16-19 Modesto A SEA
Michael Flynn P UA 16-18 Oklahoma City AAA LAD
Matt Fraizer OF UA 17-19 Indianapolis AAA PIT
Kevin Ginkel P UA 16 Arizona MLB ARI
Nick Gonzales INF Cienega 14-17 Pittsburgh MLB PIT
Darick Hall 1B Buena 11-13 Lehigh Valley AAA PHI
Garrett Irvin P UA 20-22 Lansing A+ OAK
Kobe Kato 2B UA 19-21 ACL Mariners RK SEA
Scott Kingery 2B UA 13-15 Lehigh Valley AAA PHI
Randy Labaut P UA 17-19 Columbus AAA CLE
Gil Luna P UA 18-21 Birmingham AA CHW
Nik McClaughry 2B UA 20-23 Fort Wayne A+ SD
Tylor Megill P UA 17-19 NY Mets AAA NYM
Ian Mejia P Sahuarita 16-19 Mississippi AA ATL
Andrew Nardi P UA 19 Miami MLB MIA
Kevin Newman SS UA 13-15 Arizona MLB ARI
Jared Oliva OF UA 15-17 Arkansas AA SEA
Tanner O’Tremba OF UA 21-22 Eugene A+ SF
Spencer Packard OF CDO 13-16 Tacoma AAA SEA
Rob Refsnyder OF UA 10-12 Boston MLB BOS
Alfonso Rivas 1B UA 16-18 Memphis AAA STL
Kiko Romero 1B UA* 23 Hudson Valley A+ NYY
Milo Rushford CF WGHS 19-22 ACL Royals RK KC
César Salazar C UA* 16-18 Houston MLB HOU
Chase Silseth P UA 21 Salt Lake AAA LAA
Austin Smith P UA 21 Mississippi AA ATL
Kevin Stevens P Cienega 13-16 Somerset AA NYY
Cal Stevenson OF UA 17-18 Lehigh Valley AAA PHI
Daniel Susac C UA 21-22 Midland AA OAK
Alex Verdugo OF Sahuaro 11-14 NY Yankees MLB NYY
Avery Weems P UA 18-19 Frisco AA TEX
Austin Wells C UA 19-20 NY Yankees MLB NYY
Donta’ Williams OF UA 18-21 Bowie AA BAL

LOCAL BATTERS IN THE PROS

Through games of July 12
*Injuries
Boissiere (60-day/arm)
Oliva (7-day/leg)
Dyer (60-day/undisclosed)

Player Team Lvl G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB AVG
Baez MIN A+ 51 166 28 42 5 2 10 24 0 .253
*Boissiere WAS A+ 33 112 11 24 4 0 2 15 0 .214
Bullard MIA A+ 27 88 8 26 6 0 1 11 3 .295
Crisantes ARI A 21 84 20 35 5 0 3 15 6 .417
Dalbec BOS AAA 41 162 28 42 8 0 11 37 5 .259
Davis STL A 66 231 33 51 17 0 7 41 5 .221
*Dyer TB AA 39 118 17 25 6 2 1 9 5 .212
Fraizer PIT AAA 37 118 18 31 9 1 2 17 4 .263
Gonzales PIT MLB 55 206 25 56 12 1 5 33 3 .272
Hall PHI AAA 66 257 28 63 8 0 9 42 1 .245
Kato SEA RK
Kingery PHI AAA 75 266 44 67 8 2 17 45 15 .251
McClaughry SD A+ 55 165 20 28 9 2 0 10 4 .170
Newman ARI MLB 68 191 28 54 13 1 2 21 3 .283
O’Tremba SF A+ 52 170 32 35 8 1 4 24 10 .206
*Oliva SEA AA 42 113 23 24 3 0 5 15 18 .212
Packard SEA AAA 19 71 13 24 7 0 2 13 0 .338
Refsnyder BOS MLB 54 157 19 48 12 1 4 21 1 .303
Rivas STL AAA 57 190 29 43 11 2 1 20 0 .226
Romero NYY A+ 45 139 18 31 8 0 5 16 5 .223
Rushford KC RK 10 34 5 6 0 2 0 1 2 .176
Salazar HOU MLB 9 22 5 7 2 0 0 8 0 .318
Stevenson PHI AAA 76 233 47 70 18 4 5 32 22 .300
Susac OAK AA 53 207 27 62 14 1 6 28 5 .300
Verdugo NYY MLB 92 348 42 83 19 1 10 45 1 .239
Wells NYY MLB 59 160 23 35 9 0 5 17 1 .219
Williams BAL AA 38 109 9 19 7 0 0 5 9 .174

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FRIDAY’S HOME RUN

C Nate Baez (Ironwood Ridge), Twins A+, solo HR (10th HR at Single-A+ and overall this season)

FRIDAY’S STANDOUTS

1B Bobby Dalbec (Arizona), Red Sox AAA, 2-4, 3 RBIs, stolen base

RF-CF Matt Fraizer (Arizona), Pirates AAA, 2-3, run, double, RBI

1B Darick Hall (Buena), Phillies AAA, 2-3, RBI

CF-RF Cal Stevenson (Arizona), Phillies AAA, 2-4

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C Daniel Susac (Arizona), Athletics AA, 2-4, run, double

C Nate Baez (Ironwood Ridge), Twins A+, 1-3, run, HR, RBI

3B Tony Bullard (Arizona), Marlins A+, 1-1, run, RBI

2B Nick Gonzales (Cienega), Pirates MLB, 1-4, run, double, RBI

2B Scott Kingery (Arizona), Phillies AAA, 1-4, 2 stolen bases

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SS-3B Kevin Newman (Arizona), Diamondbacks MLB, 1-3, run, double, RBI

LF-1B Spencer Packard (CDO), Mariners AAA, 1-4, run, 2 RBIs

LOCAL PITCHERS IN THE PROS

Through games of July 12
*Injuries:
Bustamante (60-day/arm)
Weems (7-day/arm)

Player Team Lvl W-L G GS SV IP H R ER BB SO ERA
Barraza LAA A 1-2 24 0 1 31 24 11 9 22 30 2.61
*Bustamante NYY A 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
Dicochea OAK A 1-5 13 9 0 43.1 45 32 26 19 50 5.40
Fajardo SEA A 2-1 21 0 0 42.2 31 22 15 26 53 3.16
Flynn LAD AAA 1-1 25 0 3 33.1 25 22 20 15 47 5.40
Ginkel ARI MLB 6-1 40 0 5 40 36 16 11 7 40 2.48
Irvin OAK A+ 1-2 20 0 1 23.2 26 22 18 16 29 6.85
Labaut CLE AAA 2-6 23 3 1 37.2 34 27 21 27 35 5.02
Luna CHW AA 3-1 27 0 2 28.2 19 11 7 26 32 2.20
Megill NYM AAA 1-0 4 4 0 17.2 16 6 6 8 26 3.06
Mejia ATL AA 7-1 15 15 0 76.2 58 23 22 29 85 2.40
Nardi MIA MLB 1-1 43 0 0 34.2 32 19 18 11 43 4.67
Silseth LAA AAA 0-3 4 4 0 18 29 20 19 13 10 9.50
Smith ATL AA 0-1 10 0 0 9.1 16 13 13 9 12 12.54
Stevens NYY AA 3-0 25 0 5 30 26 10 10 11 45 3.00
*Weems TEX AA 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00

FRIDAY’S STANDOUT

LHP Gil Luna (Arizona), White Sox AA, 1 IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 1BB, 2K (no decision)

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Arizona Diamondbacks 5, Toronto Blue Jays 4: Call An Ambulance, But Not For Me.

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Long time no see, friends! Although you have not seen me commenting much I have reverted back to my lurking ways. I figured after the magical World Series run last year Jim would have no difficulty finding eager writers to discuss this team. It was a good opportunity for me to take a step back and focus on fatherhood which has been an absolute blast. Don’t get it twisted though, I’m still raising my daughter to become a Diamondbacks fan as the good (choose your deity) intended. We’ve been watching every game even if she can’t quite comprehend it yet.

The way I see it, the Diamondbacks have been a tear as of late against a challenging part of the schedule. They would find themselves a healthy number of games above .500 and in a decent spot in the wild card race were it not for some blown saves. Regardless, the team has not used that as an excuse and continues to find ways to bounce back. Still plenty of season left on the plate, and as we saw last season the only need to make it into the playoffs and anything can happen from there.

Tonight they opened up a series against the Toronto Blue Jays who like Arizona had playoff aspirations at the start of this season but have been even more disappointing. That ballclub is currently glaring hard into the mirror and will have some difficult decisions to make before the trade deadline.

Ryne Nelson took the bump for Arizona and continued a string of really good starts. Outside of rough outings at San Diego on June 8th and June 26th against Minnesota he has been very impressive the past two months. This comes at a time when the starting rotation is running thin with injuries, which his manager surely appreciates from him. This evening it was seven innings of dominant pitching with Nelson touching 98 miles per hour at times. Unfortunately, the Diamondbacks offense was a bit anemic until the late innings of this contest so he ultimately walks away with a no decision when he arguably deserves the win.

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Through four innings Nelson gave up only one hit, an excuse me single to Vlad Guerrero Jr. in the first. After that hit he buckled down and retired 11 straight Blue Jays in a row. The Diamondbacks’ offense did manage to provide Nelson with a pair of runs in the second and third innings, but also missed a couple of opportunities after that to give him more support. Kevin Newman got the start at second base tonight to give Ketel Marte some rest before the All Star game and doubled with one out in the third. Corbin Carroll, his ears ringing after Jim’s accurate analysis of his performance in the GDT, drove Newman in on a line drive to right field for the first run of the game. Carroll stole his 17th base of the season followed by a walk from Gabriel Moreno. With two outs in the inning, Christian Walker hit a dribbler to third base that Ernie Clement was unable to field cleanly which loaded the bases for Geraldo Perdomo. Gerry worked a really nice full count at bat but sadly looked at strike three right down the middle of the plate to end the inning.

Arizona kept the scoring going in the fourth courtesy of a leadoff triple from Randal Grichuk who was driven in on a sac fly from Kevin Newman. However, that would be all the run production the Diamondbacks could muster until the end of the game allowing Toronto to come back and take the lead. Ryne Nelson first ran into trouble in the fifth inning. A single and a double put runners on first and second with only one out. Toronto cut the Arizona lead in half on a force out, but Nelson prevented further damage by striking out Leo Jimenez to end the inning.

Toronto picked up the next inning countering with a leadoff triple of their own from George Springer. A sac fly in the following at bat tied the game at two apiece, but again Nelson remained calm retiring Vlad Guerrero Jr. and Justin Turner in order to end the inning. His final inning of work started much the same with a leadoff triple from former Diamondback Daulton Varsho. His hit stayed just fair bouncing right on the first base line in the outfield rolling all the way to the corner. A one out sac fly gave the Blue Jays their first lead of the game. Nelson’s outing was concluded after the seventh inning, his final line being three runs on five hits with five strikeouts and no walks.

Bryce Jarvis came out of the bullpen to pitch the eighth inning. A trio of singles opened the frame ahead of Vlad Guerrero Jr., and to be honest with the recent streak of luck this team has had in the late innings I was not too optimistic I would be recapping a win tonight. Miraculously, Jarvis limited the damage to just one further run inducing a sac fly from Vlad and ending the inning on a Justin Turner double play.

Down two runs and with only five hits in the game so far Arizona had their work cut out for them. Geraldo Perdomo and Eugenio Suarez drew a pair of key walks sandwiched between outs and each advanced a base on a wild pitch. Alek Thomas delivered the biggest hit of the game for Arizona with a single to left field scoring both men to tie the game at four apiece.

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Justin Martinez, the hottest bullpen arm for Arizona right now, made easy work of the Blue Jays in the top of the ninth to keep it a tie game and put the team in a position for a come from behind victory. Toronto brought in Chad Green in hopes to send the game to extras but he struggled to find the strike zone issuing walks to three D’backs batters, albeit one of them intentional to Christian Walker. That loaded the bases for Gerry Perdomo, and with Corbin Carroll as the man on third base with only one out he did exactly what he needed to sending the first pitch he saw into the outfield for the game winning run.

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07/12/24 D’backs (5) vs. Blue Jays (4)
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CoTN goes to Dano for one topic I haven’t touched on in this recap yet. His comment was obviously posted in the first inning, but it was a foreshadowing of the Doug Eddings experience last night. His strike zone was rather wide, so it will be interesting to see his scorecard in the morning.

Regardless, a win is a win and the Arizona Diamondbacks who have flirted with it for much of the past two months are now over .500 for the first time since April 5th. As always, it was a pleasure recapping for you tonight and thank you for reading. Remember there is still a good chunk of season left and absolutely no reason to panic. The team is playing better of late and will hopefully be getting healthier in the coming weeks. All it takes is a wildcard berth and the October magic happens from there. Enjoy the journey!



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TUCSON, Ariz. (13 News) – The first hearing for what could be many court challenges to Arizona’s abortion initiative was held in Phoenix this afternoon.

The hearing concerns language which will appear in the Arizona Voter’s Guide. It will be sent to all voters in the state explaining all the initiatives, referendums, and candidates.

At a meeting of the Arizona Legislative Council, the language for the Arizona Abortion Access Act, seemed the most contentious.

“I propose that we, on page one line two, strike unborn human being and insert the word fetus,” said Stephanie Stahl Hamilton, a Democrat from Tucson’s District 21.

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That proposal that was voted down by the Republican majority legislative committee by a voice vote.

In this case the Republicans want to use the language “unborn human being” in the voter’s guide, but the Democrats want to strike “unborn human being” and replace it with the word “fetus”.

Stahl Hamilton pressed Speaker Ben Toma, a Republican and chair of the committee, on why not use fetus which is the medical term.

“Mister Speaker you can support the medically accurate term, yes?” she asked.

“I’m not a doctor Representative Stahl Hamilton, I don’t care what the medically accurate term is,” he said.

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It’s an example of how heated the debate has become over the use of words to affect voter’s opinions.

Which language will appear on the guide will now, apparently, work its way through the courts.

“The law requires that the description be as neutral as possible,” said Chris Love, a spokesperson for the Arizona for Abortion Access organization which gathered the petition signatures. “Using the term unborn human being or any form of that is actually quite politically tinged.”

But on the other hand, one Republican lawmaker who opposes the initiative said the word fetus is more politically biased.

“My opinion is that it’s an unborn baby, it’s an unborn child and not a fetus,” said Teresa Martinez, a Republican from District 16.

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Still, the Republicans argued it will use both terms in the voter guide so that makes if fair. It will use unborn human being early in the explanation and fetus later.

But it’s an argument the Democrats said fails because only one term is legally and medically sound, and that’s fetus.

“The way I interpret that, would be to use the medically accurate language,” Stahl Hamilton said. “That has nothing to do with politics, has absolutely nothing to do with bias. They are the clinical terms.”

The abortion initiative was able to gather more than 830,000 signatures, a record number. That should be more than enough to get the 383,000 valid signatures needed to get it on the ballot.

Even if the language issue is settled quickly, there are more legal battles looming.

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“Our initiative process is rife with challenges, legal challenges especially to language or signatures,” Love said. “But this is the first thing that’s happening in a series of things that may happen over the summer.”

And with such a contentious issue, it promises to be a long hot summer.

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