Wife of Pirates catcher attacked at gas station

A traffic dispute turned into road rage Wednesday as a man attacked the wife of Chris Snyder while the Pirates catcher sat in the car, unable to step out because he’d had back surgery, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazzette reported.

Investigators say Carla Snyder and the scooter-riding man, Subhash Arjanbhi Modhwadia, nearly crashed into each other. Modhwadia reportedly followed her to a gas station and kicked the vehicle, swung at Carla Snyder and ripped a mirror off the car.

A passer-by and an off-duty police officer subdued the man. Police say Modhwadia bit the bystander and threw punches with keys between his fingers. He also took off his shoe and threw it in their direction before being subdued.

Police say the Snyders’ two children were also in the car, according to the newspaper.


The San Diego Padres plan to retire Trevor Hoffman’s No. 51 in a ceremony on Aug. 21 after a game against the Florida Marlins.

Hoffman, baseball’s all-time leader with 601 saves, retired in January after playing 18 big-league seasons. He’s a special assistant in the Padres’ front office.


A judge on Thursday extended settlement talks in the divorce case of Jamie and Frank McCourt involving ownership of the Dodgers. Superior Court Judge Scott Gordon set a hearing for today to determine if both sides had reached a deal. Gordon initially declared an impasse but rescinded it when attorneys indicated they needed more time. … The Twins announced they’ll reinstate Joe Mauer from the 60-day disabled list to play today. … Former New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Lenny Dykstra has pleaded not guilty to grand theft auto and drug-possession charges. … The Braves scratched Tommy Hanson from his scheduled start today against Texas due to tendinitis in his right shoulder.