MLB notebook: Wife of Mariners OF charged with fraud

| Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, 6:39 p.m.

The wife of Mariners outfielder Carlos Peguero is facing federal wire-fraud charges for allegedly using a debit card belonging to the wife of star pitcher Felix Hernandez to make nearly $180,000 in online purchases, according to sources and court documents.

Maria Jacqueline Peguero is charged in U.S. District Court in Tacoma with three counts of wire fraud, which carries a possible penalty of up to 20 years in prison.

A U.S Secret Service agent said Peguero made 60 unauthorized purchases in 2012 from upscale retailer Saks Fifth Avenue.

Peguero, 26, appeared in two games this season for Seattle and most of the season with Class AAA Tacoma.

Hernandez, the 2010 AL Cy Young winner, went 12-10 with a 3.04 ERA this season. He signed a seven-year, $175 million deal in February.

A-Rod denies report

Alex Rodriguez paid $305,000 for evidence that could be used in the case involving the Biogenesis of America drug clinic, the Daily News reported. The allegation was denied by a spokesman for the Yankees third baseman.

The newspaper said Rodriguez and his representatives confirmed the payments during testimony this week in the player's grievance hearing. Rodriguez is attempting to overturn his 211-game suspension.

Citing an unidentified source familiar the proceedings, the News reported Rodriguez and his surrogates spent the money to purchase evidence that included videotapes, documents and affidavits.

“It's not true and as usual not only are certain parties leaking information but they are leaking false information,” Rodriguez spokesman Ron Berkowitz said in an email.

Ban on HP collisions?

Club officials believe a ban on home-plate collisions will come soon after a pair of collisions during Game 5 of the ALCS, ESPN reported.

“At this point, I don't know who would argue to keep it, or what their argument would be,” said one team official who believes general managers will address the topic at their meetings next month. “There is no reasoned argument to keep it (in the game).”

Tigers catcher Alex Avila strained the patellar tendon in his left knee in a collision with Boston's David Ross, but returned for Game 6.

Around the league

Don Mattingly is expected to return as the Dodgers' manager for at least one more season, ESPN reported. ... Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez recently had arthroscopic surgery to remove “loose bodies” from his right elbow, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported. ... The low-payroll Astros may consider trying to make a run at star outfielder and free agent-to-be Shin-Soo Choo, reported.

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