The 14-year-old girl police say had sexual relations with Boston Red Sox infielder Julio Valdez says she lied to the player about her age and hopes he won't get in a "lot of trouble," The Boston Globe reported. Valdez was arrested in the Red Sox clubhouse at Fenway Park Friday night during a game against the Seattle Mariners. He was charged by Boston police with statutory rape. Valdez was released on $1,000 cash bail pending arraignment today in Roxbury District Court.
Statutory rape is defined as having sexual relations with a female below the age of consent--16 under Massachusetts law. In an interview in the Sunday Globe, the unidentified girl said, "I told Julio I was 17--he didn't know how old I was. If I told him I was 14, I would never be with him. I know he's going to be mad, but I don't want him in a lot of trouble. I want something to work out--whatever he can do so he won't be in trouble, because I think he's a nice guy." The girl, described as "a baseball nut" by her mother, said she collects baseball cards and autographs of Red Sox players. She said she met Valdez, who is married, when he was with the Pawtucket Red Sox.
Ron LeFlore is not receiving payment of any of the $735,000 due him from the Chicago White Sox for the 1983 season, a club official said. LeFlore, arrested last Sept. 30 on drug and weapons charges and released by the White Sox with one year to go on his four-year contract, said Saturday in a telephone interview from Sarasota, Fla., that the club was withholding payment . . .
Jack Clark got a $3,700 reduction in the amount of a fine the San Francisco Giants' management levied because he failed to show up for a scheduled exhibition game last week. Manager Frank Robinson asked over the weekend that the fine be reduced to $1,000 . . .