Rays cut C.J. Cron following 30-homer season
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays have designated C.J. Cron for assignment after the slugger hit 30 home runs with an .816 OPS last season.
Cron batted .253, slugged .493 and drove in 74 during his first season with Tampa Bay, yet the Rays cut the 28-year-old Tuesday before he entered his second season of arbitration eligibility. He made $2.3 million last season while splitting time between first base and designated hitter.
Former President Jose Mujica retires from Uruguay’s Senate
MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — Former President Jose Mujica resigned his senatorial seat Tuesday despite having the right to remain as a Uruguayan lawmaker until 2020.
Mujica said in a letter read in the Senate chamber that he was stepping down for personal reasons. He first announced his resignation in 2016 but had postponed it.
"I'd say it's exhaustion after the long journey," Mujica said.
The 83-year-old former guerrilla leader was long imprisoned before he became a politician.
Mujica’s wife assumes vice presidency in Uruguay
MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — Lucia Topolansky, the wife of former President Jose Mujica, became Uruguay's vice president on Wednesday after lawmakers accepted Raul Sendic's resignation amid corruption accusations.
Topolansky, 72, is a former guerrilla who was imprisoned and later rose through the political ranks to become a lawmaker. She will also head the Senate and the congress' general assembly.
Pope: Bankrupt morals to save banks but not suffering people
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has denounced the "scandalous" amounts of money that governments and world institutions have found to save ailing banks but not suffering people, including migrants who are dying as they try to cross the Mediterranean Sea.
The pope on Saturday denounced these policies as a "bankruptcy of humanity."
The TinCaps' offense had shown few signs of life entering the bottom of the ninth inning Saturday night. The bats woke up in the nick of time.