Michael Pineda faces DUI charge | Baseball
New York Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda — a former Mariner — was arrested in Tampa, Fla., on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol, police said.
CHICAGO — New York Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda was arrested early Monday in Tampa, Fla., on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol, a Tampa Police Department spokeswoman said.
An arrest report said former Mariner Pineda, 23, who is in Tampa rehabilitating from shoulder surgery, was pulled over at 2:35 a.m. Monday. He was released on $500 bond.
The report said the Nissan SUV Pineda was driving was traveling "at a high rate of speed and weaving from side to side, crossing the lane markers." The arresting officer wrote in the report Pineda's eyes were red, glassy and watery and said he smelled "the distinct odor of alcoholic beverage coming from his breath."
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman declined to comment.
The Yankees acquired Pineda and minor-league pitcher Jose Campos in a trade with the Mariners for catcher Jesus Montero and pitcher Hector Noesi.
Pineda, who went 9-10 with a 3.74 earned-run average for the Mariners last year in his rookie season, had difficulties immediately after reporting to spring training for the Yankees. His fastball was slower than expected, and toward the end of spring training he learned he had a torn labrum in his right shoulder and had season-ending surgery.
Clemens, 50, to pitch
in minors Saturday
HOUSTON — Roger Clemens' signing with the Sugar Land (Texas) Skeeters has some wondering if it is the first step in an attempt to return to the majors.
The 50-year-old Clemens signed with the Skeeters of the independent Atlantic League and he is expected to start for the minor-league team Saturday at home against Bridgeport.
"His fastball was clocked at 87 mph. All of his pitches were working," said Randy Hendricks, Clemens' agent.
Clemens and Skeeters manager Gary Gaetti have been talking about this "for months," Hendricks said.
Clemens, acquitted in June of charges he lied to Congress when he denied using performance-enhancing drugs, hasn't played for a team since pitching for the Yankees in 2007.
Clemens earned $160 million and won 354 games in a 24-year career with the Boston Red Sox, Yankees, Toronto Blue Jays and Houston Astros.
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