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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Astros minor leaguer under fire for sexist Jessica Mendoza tweet

10.06.16 at 8:04 am ET
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THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB playoffs: Boston at Cleveland, 8:08 p.m. (TBS; WEEI-FM)
MLB playoffs: Toronto at Texas, 4:30 p.m. (TBS)
NFL: Arizona at San Francisco, 8:25 p.m. (NFL Network)
College football: Norfolk State at North Carolina A&T, 7:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College football: Temple at Memphis, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
College football: Western Kentucky at Louisiana Tech, 8 p.m. (CBSSN)
NBA preseason: Washington at Philadelphia, 7 p.m. (NBA TV)
Soccer: World Cup 2018 qualifying, Austria vs. Wales, 2:30 p.m. (FS2)
Soccer: World Cup 2018 qualifying, Ireland vs. Georgia, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
Soccer: World Cup 2018 qualifying, Italy vs. Spain, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)

WEDNESDAY’S RESULTS:
MLB playoffs: Giants 3, Mets 0

AROUND THE WEB:

— Astros minor leaguer Brooks Marlow found himself in hot water Wednesday night when he sent out an offensive tweet about ESPN broadcaster Jessica Mendoza.

Tweeted Marlow tweeted from his @Bmarlow8 account: No lady needs to be on espn talking during a baseball game especially mendoza sorry

@astros Here is the screenshot pic.twitter.com/ddovXUUU0J

Marlow, a 23-year-old second baseman who was drafted in the 29th round in 2015 out of the University of Texas and hit .205 in 74 games this year for Single-A Lancaster in the California League, deleted the tweet minutes later.

Mendoza is a member of the Sunday Night Baseball broadcast booth and has received both praise and criticism for her performance calling games.

Backlash against Marlow was swift, and he has since deactivated his account. The Astros responded by tweeting out an apology.

— The Ravens fan who was critically injured during a brawl with two Raiders fans at M&T Bank Stadium on Sunday is showing signs of improvement.

Joseph Bauer, 55, is still on a respirator in critical condition at Maryland Shock Trauma Center after suffering a severe brain injury in the fight.

“We have been encouraged by some signs we believe indicate he recognizes his wife,” Bauer’s sister, Susan, told The Baltimore Sun. “The trauma doctor said she is ‘cautiously optimistic’ about his progress and he is trending in the right direction.”

Jim Harbaugh also commented on the incident: “Whatever security has to be out there and whatever has to be done will be done, because this is just not we’re about,” We’re not going to have that at M&T Bank Stadium. Our prayers are with Joe and his family. We’ll be pulling for him.”

Bauer is a Ravens season-ticket holder who got into a scuffle with New Yorkers Scott Smith, 30, and Andrew Nappi, 31, who were each charged with first- and second-degree assault.

— We now know who Richie Incognito is voting for in the presidential election. The Bills guard opened up to Bleacher Report about why he will be voting for Donald Trump.

“I think that he can help this nation get back to a world superpower,” Incognito told B/R Mag. “Where I think he could help is putting us first again and having that — it’s my mentality, too — having that tough attitude where you put America first. … That toughness is where I identify with him.”

This statement caused some problems for Incognito in the locker room. One player said, “I was talking Trump and Hillary with a white teammate, and the conversation was fine. Things got a little heated when he said, ‘Trump isn’t racist.’ I don’t know how anyone doesn’t see how that’s just not true. We talked about that statement for two days.”

Earlier this week, Incognito poked fun at Bill Belichick on Twitter after the Bills beat the Patriots on Sunday:

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I can’t even go to the grocery store without getting yelled at. I’m like, ‘Why did you draft me then, baby’ ” — Rob Gronkowski, on fans with him on their fantasy teams

ON THIS DAY IN SPORTS HISTORY: In Game 1 of the 1946 World Series, the Red Sox tied the Cardinals in the ninth, then won the game on a Rudy York home run in the top of the 10th.