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BIDDEFORD, Maine — Thirty-eight letters penned by Hall of Fame baseball player Ted Williams, including one in which he described crash-landing a fighter jet with “holes all over” it, are going up for auction.

The letters written to his mistress show another side to Williams, who played for the Boston Red Sox, describing his second hiatus from baseball for military service, his bombing missions in Korea and his feelings on war and his father’s death.

“They’re his innermost thoughts during the Korean conflict,” said Troy Thibodeau, of Saco River Auction, which is putting the letters up for auction.

The letters were written to Evelyn Turner, a flight attendant, from 1952 to 1954, a period in which Williams trained in the U.S. and served in Korea as a Marine combat pilot. During the time, Williams served as wing man for future NASA astronaut and U.S. Sen. John Glenn.

He wrote to Turner the day after he crash-landed his burning F9F Panther after a mission. He only sprained an ankle, but it could’ve been far worse.

“I had holes all over the plane and I was riding on all the prayers people say for me ’cause I was awfully lucky. My plane was burning like hell when I crash landed. Everybody around here now is calling me lucky. Anyway, I’m missing you,” he wrote .

Another letter written after his father’s death described Williams’ anguish and regret over having not spent more time with him.

Yet another alluded to a military radioman sabotaging his plane to keep it grounded for repairs in Florida so he could spend extra time with Turner.

The letters and other items from Turner’s estate will be auctioned Jan. 3 along with other baseball and celebrity memorabilia. Included are photos of Williams in Turner’s home, along with newspaper clippings and Turner’s writings about Williams.

Williams was married to his first wife, Doris Soule, during the romance with Turner. Their affair lasted a decade, said Turner’s son, Al Christiano. Williams and Soule divorced in 1954.

Turner and Williams broke up after he told her that she’d take third place — behind baseball and fishing — if they were to marry, Christiano said.

“She wishes every day that she’d said yes. But that was a decision she made at the time, and she had to live with it,” he said.

Their relationship is recounted in Ben Bradlee’s book, “The Kid.” Williams met her on a flight when she worked for the now-defunct National Airlines.

Williams’ flings come as no surprise, said Dick Johnson from the New England Sports Museum. “Ted was a lady’s man, certainly,” he said.

This isn’t the first auction of Williams’ love letters. Six letters to another mistress, Norma Williamson, fetched several thousand dollars in 2011, according to Chris Ivy, director of sports collectibles at Dallas-based Heritage Auction.

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Atlanta Braves prospect Ronald Acuna earned the Joe Black Most Valuable Player Award for the Arizona Fall League after slashing .325/.414/.639 with seven home runs in 23 games.

At 19 years old, Acuna is the youngest player in AFL history to take home the honor. The outfielder will turn 20 in December.

Acuna continues to improve his stock, as he has the best odds in Dan Szymborski’sInsider ZiPS projections to become the 2018 National League Rookie of the Year.

In 139 games across three levels of competition in 2017, Acuna slashed .325/.374/.522 with 21 homers, 82 RBIs and 44 stolen bases.

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New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez had his suspension reduced to three games, and he will begin serving it Monday when his team visits the Baltimore Orioles.

Sanchez had been suspended for four games for his role in a fight-filled afternoon against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on Aug. 24, but he appealed the punishment and continued to play last week.

On Saturday, Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera and reliever Alex Wilson had their suspensions reduced by one game. Cabrera (six games) and Wilson (three games) both began serving their suspensions Saturday.

“In a way I feel good about it, and then on the other hand I don’t feel good about it because I’m going to be unable to help my team in these important games,” Sanchez said through an interpreter.

Sanchez had been criticized for what were perceived as sucker punches, after he hit Cabrera and Nicholas Castellanos when they were defenseless.

“That’s something that happened. You can’t turn time around, you can’t go back in time,” Sanchez said. “It’s in the past.”

He apologized for his actions in a Facebook post Monday.

“The heat of the moment and my desire to protect my teammates led me to commit some errors during the brawl,” Sanchez wrote. “It’s an incident I regret and from which I have learned. I know to some these may be mere words, but they are words that I feel the need to express because I sincerely feel this way, and for respect to you, the fans, the Yankees organization, the Detroit Tigers and the game of Baseball.”

Sanchez, 24, is hitting .276 with 28 home runs and 79 RBIs this season for the Yankees, who enter Monday atop the American League wild-card standings.

“Obviously, this is an important time for us. Obviously, we don’t want to miss him at all,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said of Sanchez. “But again, it’s better than four. And taking one game off could be really important for us. So the next three days we’ll be without him, and we’ll have to deal with it.”

Catcher Austin Romine has appealed his two-game suspension for his role in the fighting. He was in the starting lineup Monday and will likely retain the starting role until Sanchez returns.

“I think that you’re allowed to stagger suspensions, and I’ve seen it in the past,” Girardi said. “So I’m not too concerned about that.”