Ex-Mariner Jones detained at border

NOTES: Orioles' Adam Jones held by Canadian officials for several hours in apparent case of mistaken identity

May 29, 2010 

Baltimore Orioles outfielder Adam Jones was detained by Canadian immigration officials for a few hours Thursday night after he landed in Toronto for this weekend's series.

“They said I had a criminal record,” said Jones, a former Seattle Mariner. “My mom raised me better than that. I’ve never done anything like that, been involved in anything criminal in my entire life. It was a long, pointless situation because of the circumstances, but I’m glad everything got cleared.”

Jones had to leave the airport for extra screening. He was not able to go until about 5 a.m.

“We went to immigration,” he said. “I was considered detained.”

Jones blamed the incident on a case of mistaken identity.

“They had the wrong person,” Jones said. They thought I was somebody else.”

Jones said he was not told whether he had been mistaken for NFL player Adam “Pacman” Jones, who has had frequent legal troubles.

“I don’t know if it’s him,” Jones said. “We’ve got the same name, obviously, but I don’t know if it’s him.”

Jones posted a note about the incident on his Twitter account but deleted it shortly afterward.

A message written about 5:30 a.m. Friday read: “detained by immigration in canada for no false accusations till 5am and appreciate someone from the team making sure were ok NOOOOOOTTTTT.”

Jones said at least one other Baltimore player had to go through extra screening, too.

CANO, ORTIZ AMONG LIMA’S MOURNERS

José Lima, the exuberant pitcher who could always draw a crowd with his singing and dancing, was mourned Friday in New York by fellow All-Stars, family and friends. He died Sunday at age 37 after paramedics found him in cardiac arrest at his home in Pasadena, Calif.

New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano, Yankees coach Tony Peña and Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz were among the hundreds at the wake. It was held at a funeral home on a tree-lined residential street in Queens, about a mile from where Lima threw his last big league pitch, for the Mets in 2006.

“He was one of the happiest men in the world,” Cano said. “It’s very sad to lose him so young.”

Ortiz said he would remember Lima “for what he was, a great guy.”

AROUND THE HORN

Umpire Joe West, White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen and pitcher Mark Buehrle were fined an undisclosed amount by Major League Baseball in the wake of their balk flap.Guillen and Buehrle were ejected by West on Wednesday for arguing a pair of balk calls. Guillen unleashed a profanity-filled tirade about West after the ejections, saying, “sometimes he thinks people pay to watch him umpire.” … The Red Sox put Jacoby Ellsbury back on the 15-day disabled list after the star outfielder complained of more soreness in his ribs. … The Yankees activated outfielder Curtis Granderson from the 15-day DL. He had been sidelined with a strained left groin. … The Giants are in discussions to sign Pat Burrell to a minor league contract.

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