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May 7, 1991 | MIKE DiGIOVANNA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Normally, when you get a job at age 15, they hand you an apron, a funny looking paper hat and point you toward the deep fryer. When Jose Mesa got his teen-age working papers, he was pointed toward a pitching mound in a foreign country. Mesa was a 15-year-old eighth-grader in the Dominican Republic when Toronto Blue Jay scout Epy Guerrero signed him to a professional baseball contract.
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September 23, 2006 | From the Associated Press
San Francisco starter Jamey Wright and Colorado reliever Jose Mesa were each suspended Friday for three games for intentionally throwing at an opposing hitter during Tuesday night's game at Denver. Giants Manager Felipe Alou was suspended for a game because a warning had been issued to both teams prior to Wright's hitting Matt Holliday in the eighth inning of the Rockies' 12-4 victory. Wright and Alou were to begin serving their suspensions during Friday night's game at Milwaukee.
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April 29, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Colorado Rocky pitcher Jose Mesa was suspended four games by Major League Baseball on Friday for intentionally throwing at San Francisco shortstop Omar Vizquel. Mesa appealed the suspension and was available for this weekend's series against the Florida Marlins. The right-hander threw at Vizquel's head during the eighth inning of last Saturday's game at Denver.
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April 29, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Colorado Rocky pitcher Jose Mesa was suspended four games by Major League Baseball on Friday for intentionally throwing at San Francisco shortstop Omar Vizquel. Mesa appealed the suspension and was available for this weekend's series against the Florida Marlins. The right-hander threw at Vizquel's head during the eighth inning of last Saturday's game at Denver.
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September 23, 2006 | From the Associated Press
San Francisco starter Jamey Wright and Colorado reliever Jose Mesa were each suspended Friday for three games for intentionally throwing at an opposing hitter during Tuesday night's game at Denver. Giants Manager Felipe Alou was suspended for a game because a warning had been issued to both teams prior to Wright's hitting Matt Holliday in the eighth inning of the Rockies' 12-4 victory. Wright and Alou were to begin serving their suspensions during Friday night's game at Milwaukee.
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April 9, 1997
Surrounded by family and friends, Jose Mesa left a Cleveland courtroom Tuesday after the jury in his rape trial retired for the evening without reaching a verdict after four hours of deliberations. Deliberations will resume this morning. Mesa, 30, is charged with one count of rape, two counts of gross sexual imposition and one count of theft. The judge instructed the jury that it could consider the lesser charge of gross sexual imposition as an alternative to the rape count.
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May 3, 1997 | Times Wire Services
Cleveland Indian reliever Jose Mesa has lost his job as closer after giving up seven runs in his last two outings, Manager Mike Hargrove said. "I don't know if we'd go to Jose in a close situation right now," Hargrove said before Friday night's game against the Detroit Tigers. Mesa, who saved 85 games the last two seasons, began this year on the restricted list while on trial for charges of rape, gross sexual imposition and theft.
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August 19, 1995 | From Associated Press
Of all the moves made by the Cleveland Indians--acquiring Orel Hershiser, Eddie Murray and Dave Winfield, developing Albert Belle, Manny Ramires and Jim Thome--the move that has met with the most success has been one made out of desperation. As spring training neared its end, the Indians lacked only a closer--a relief pitcher who could finish off a game--to complete their puzzle. They settled on Jose Mesa, who had two saves in six lifetime chances.
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July 24, 1998 | From Associated Press
Jose Mesa, the troubled reliever who could not close out Game 7 of last year's World Series for the Cleveland Indians, was traded to the San Francisco Giants for pitcher Steve Reed in a five-player deal Thursday night. The American League Central-leading Indians also sent infielder Shawon Dunston and pitcher Al Morman to the Giants, contending for the National League wild-card spot. Cleveland also got outfielder Jacob Cruz, one of the Giants' top prospects.
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August 28, 2001 | Associated Press
Philadelphia Phillie closer Jose Mesa was suspended two games on Monday for throwing at St. Louis' Jim Edmonds last week. Mesa will miss games against the New York Mets today and Wednesday but was eligible to play Monday night against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Mesa, who got his 34th save Monday, would not comment on the suspension. He was ejected in the eighth inning of a 9-0 loss at St. Louis on Aug.
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May 14, 2003 | From Associated Press
Once Kevin Millwood left the game, the Arizona Diamondbacks teed off against the Philadelphia Phillies. Quinton McCracken's two-out run-scoring single against reliever Jose Mesa accounted for the go-ahead run in a five-run ninth inning that lifted the Diamondbacks to a 6-1 victory at Philadelphia Tuesday night. Millwood, pitching at Veterans Stadium for the first time since his no-hitter against San Francisco on April 27, gave up one run and six hits in seven innings.
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August 28, 2001 | Associated Press
Philadelphia Phillie closer Jose Mesa was suspended two games on Monday for throwing at St. Louis' Jim Edmonds last week. Mesa will miss games against the New York Mets today and Wednesday but was eligible to play Monday night against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Mesa, who got his 34th save Monday, would not comment on the suspension. He was ejected in the eighth inning of a 9-0 loss at St. Louis on Aug.
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July 24, 1998 | From Associated Press
Jose Mesa, the troubled reliever who could not close out Game 7 of last year's World Series for the Cleveland Indians, was traded to the San Francisco Giants for pitcher Steve Reed in a five-player deal Thursday night. The American League Central-leading Indians also sent infielder Shawon Dunston and pitcher Al Morman to the Giants, contending for the National League wild-card spot. Cleveland also got outfielder Jacob Cruz, one of the Giants' top prospects.
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May 3, 1997 | Times Wire Services
Cleveland Indian reliever Jose Mesa has lost his job as closer after giving up seven runs in his last two outings, Manager Mike Hargrove said. "I don't know if we'd go to Jose in a close situation right now," Hargrove said before Friday night's game against the Detroit Tigers. Mesa, who saved 85 games the last two seasons, began this year on the restricted list while on trial for charges of rape, gross sexual imposition and theft.
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April 12, 1997 | MIKE DiGIOVANNA
Cleveland closer Jose Mesa, who recently has been battling legal problems, was so impressive in a pregame workout Friday that the Indians activated him for the game against the Angels, and the right-hander, who has spent more time in the courtroom than the clubhouse this week, pitched a scoreless ninth.
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April 9, 1997
Surrounded by family and friends, Jose Mesa left a Cleveland courtroom Tuesday after the jury in his rape trial retired for the evening without reaching a verdict after four hours of deliberations. Deliberations will resume this morning. Mesa, 30, is charged with one count of rape, two counts of gross sexual imposition and one count of theft. The judge instructed the jury that it could consider the lesser charge of gross sexual imposition as an alternative to the rape count.
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June 22, 1986 | Special to The Times
Despite a strong pitching performance by right-hander Jose Mesa, the Ventura County Gulls dropped a 2-1 California League decision Saturday night to the Stockton Ports in Stockton. Mesa (8-4) allowed two runs on five hits and a walk with five strikeouts in seven innings but was outpitched by Stockton's John Ludy. The 20-year-old right-hander made the most of his first start of the season, limiting the Gulls to one unearned run on two hits and a walk in seven innings.
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January 17, 1997 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Jose Mesa, the Indians' relief pitcher who set a record with 46 saves in 48 chances in 1995, was indicted Thursday on a charge of raping a 26-year-old woman he met at a Cleveland nightclub. Mesa, 30, also was indicted on two counts of gross sexual imposition, one count of felonious assault and one count each of theft and carrying a concealed weapon related to a complaint by two women Dec. 22, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Stephanie Tubbs Jones said.
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January 17, 1997 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Jose Mesa, the Indians' relief pitcher who set a record with 46 saves in 48 chances in 1995, was indicted Thursday on a charge of raping a 26-year-old woman he met at a Cleveland nightclub. Mesa, 30, also was indicted on two counts of gross sexual imposition, one count of felonious assault and one count each of theft and carrying a concealed weapon related to a complaint by two women Dec. 22, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Stephanie Tubbs Jones said.
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December 29, 1996 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Cleveland Indian relief pitcher Jose Mesa and another man have been arrested on felony charges of fondling two 26-year-old women in a motel room in Lakewood, Ohio, on Dec. 22. Police said both Mesa, 30, and David Blanco, 34, had loaded 9-millimeter handguns in their vehicles when they were arrested, so they were also charged with carrying concealed weapons.
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