FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., March 23 -- Baltimore Orioles pitcher Eric DuBose made a public apology this morning for his arrest Monday on driving under the influence charges, saying he was sorry he embarrassed the team.
DuBose was charged after he was stopped after driving erratically early Monday morning. DuBose admitted having three drinks and had slurred speech, watery eyes and smelled of alcohol, according to the arrest report from the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office. A breath-test reading measured .113, above the legal limit of .08 in Florida.
Erik Bedard, likely to be the team's number three starter, gives up one run and five hits in six innings.
(Richard Drew -- AP)
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"I regret the situation I put myself in, and my family and friends," DuBose said early this morning before the team bus left for Fort Myers for the Orioles' game against the Boston Red Sox. "It's embarrassing for the ballclub."
Asked whether he had been disciplined by the Orioles, DuBose, 28, said he had been ordered to take "some actions with the ballclub." He declined to elaborate. Orioles Manager Lee Mazzilli said DuBose's punishment and the question of whether the arrest could affect his future with the ballclub were "internal matters." DuBose has been fighting for the fifth starter's spot. He has a 5.63 earned run average in three games, with one start.
DuBose is scheduled to appear in Sarasota court April 13, which is convenient, as the Orioles play in Tampa Bay, just north of Sarasota, that day.
"I hope it doesn't" affect my future, Dubose said. "You gotta be able to separate your personal life from your professional life."
Tejada Hits First Homer
Shortstop Miguel Tejada, who entered this afternoon's rain-delayed 6-1 victory over the Red Sox hitting .235, connected for his first home run of the spring, a shot well over the left field wall against Boston starter David Wells in the third inning. . . .
Orioles starter Erik Bedard, likely to be the team's number three starter, posted another solid outing in his fifth start, giving up one run and five hits in six innings. Bedard also collected his third win and plenty of praise from Mazzilli.
"Bedard pitched good today," Mazzilli said. "He did everything we expect him to do during the season. I like that -- quality stuff facing a lineup like this lineup. . . . It was a very impressive outing."