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2 Asheville baseball players accused of rape

ASHEVILLE, NC (AP) — Two Asheville Tourists baseball players are accused of raping a woman at their apartment.

The Asheville Police Department says Michael Mason and Jesse Meaux were charged Thursday with two counts of first-degree rape and two counts of first-degree sex offense. Both of the relief pitchers are 23 years old. They are being held at the Buncombe County jail on $100,000 bond each.

A court hearing is set for Friday.

According to arrest reports released by the department, the alleged rape occurred early last Saturday.

The Colorado Rockies said in a statement that the Major League team and its affiliate are shocked and deeply concerned by the allegations. It has suspended both players. Both organizations are working with authorities.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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