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ESPN's Reynolds let go over sexual harassment

Harold Reynolds, one of ESPN's most visible analysts and a long-time member of the "Baseball Tonight" show, has left the cable television network in the wake of one or more incidents of sexual harassment.

An ESPN spokeswoman on Tuesday confirmed Reynolds' departure but repeatedly declined to provide a reason for it.

Three people who work at ESPN and familiar with the case said the cause was a pattern of sexual harassment, apparently culminating in a recent incident involving a young production assistants.

Reynolds, a major leaguer for 12 seasons before joining ESPN in 1996, last appeared on "Baseball Tonight" on Sunday.

Reynolds, 45, is married and has an infant daughter,. He also worked as a game analyst for special events at ESPN such as the Little League World Series and the College World Series.

- Philadelphia's Ryan Madson tied the major-league record with four wild pitches in one inning on Tuesday against Arizona.

Atlanta knuckleballer Phil Niekro was the last National League pitcher to throw four in one inning, doing it in 1979. Others to do it were Washington's Walter Johnson (1914) and Anaheim's Kevin Gregg (2004).

Madson has 10 wild pitches this season.

- The Los Angeles Dodgers dealt pitcher Odalis Perez to Kansas City along with minor league righthanders Blake Johnson and Julio Pimental and cash for Elmer Dessens.

Perez is in the second year of a three-year, $24 million contract. He had made just one start since mid-May, had been used only twice since June 28 and is 4-4 with a 6.83 ERA.

Dessens, 35, returns for a second stint with the Dodgers, having appeared in 28 games for them in 2005. This season, Dessens is 5-7 with a 4.50 ERA in 43 games.

- Milwaukee acquired Tony Graffanino from Kansas City to shore up an injury-riddled infield. In exchange, the Royals got pitcher Jorge De La Rosa.

Graffanino, 34, can play all four infield positions. He batted .268 with five home runs and 32 RBIs for Kansas City.

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Posted by DrWords on July 28, 2006 at 8:23 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Men, think with your brain...not your Johnson.

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