Rays minor leaguer talks about killings of 3 family members

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Blake Bivens throws a pitch during a MiLB game between the Dayton Dragons and Bowling Green Hot Rods in Kentucky in 2016.

DANVILLE, Va. (AP) — Tampa Bay Rays minor leaguer Blake Bivens says he learned through social media of the deaths of three family members last summer. Speaking publicly for what is believed to be the first time about the Aug. 28 deaths of his wife, young son and mother-in-law, Bivens recalled details of traveling home to Keeling, Virginia, from Chattanooga, Tennessee, where he had been on a road trip with the Rays’ Double-A Montgomery affiliate. The 24-year-old pitcher’s brother-in-law was arrested, charged with three counts of murder and is awaiting trial. Bivens spoke Sunday for more than 30 minutes with a Danville, Virginia, pastor. The conversation was aired live on Facebook.