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Braves' Lowe hit with DUI charge

Atlanta Braves pitcher Derek Lowe apologized Friday after being charged with drunken driving, saying he hoped his arrest would not be a distraction to the team.

Gordy Wright, a spokesman for the Georgia State Patrol, said a trooper stopped Lowe’s vehicle about 10 p.m. Thursday after it was spotted racing another car down an Atlanta street. The trooper detected an odor of alcohol and administered a field sobriety test, which resulted in Lowe’s arrest.

The 37-year-old right-hander, who started his major league career in 1997 with the Seattle Mariners, was charged with DUI, reckless driving and improper lane change, Wright said.

Lowe declined to take a breath test before he was released, the spokesman added.

“I would like to apologize to my family, teammates, fans and the Braves organization for the attention arising from this matter,” Lowe said in a statement.

Meanwhile, Atlanta put pitching coach Roger McDowell on administrative leave while they investigate allegations he made homophobic comments and crude gestures toward fans before a game in San Francisco last weekend.

McDowell also is accused of using a baseball bat to threaten a fan objecting to his actions.

TWEETING GUILLEN SUSPENDED

Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen was suspended for games on Friday and today and fined an undisclosed amount for on-field actions in the first inning of Wednesday’s game against the Yankees and for comments made via Twitter following his ejection.

It was the first time baseball has penalized a player, coach or manager for use of a social networking site during a game.

Guillen was tossed Wednesday night for arguing with plate umpire Todd Tichenor in the first inning of Chicago’s game against the New York Yankees. The combustible manager then went on Twitter to say the ejection was pathetic.

EXTRA BASES

Dodgers owner Frank McCourt met for the first time on Friday with the man appointed by Major League Baseball to oversee the team’s daily operations. Tom Schieffer said he got his first detailed look at the Dodgers’ finances since beginning his new job three days ago and he approved the team’s latest payroll. The Rangers signed right-hander Justin Miller to a Triple-A contract. The 33-year-old Miller was 0-0 with a 1.04 ERA in six appearances for the Tacoma Rainiers before asking for and being granted his release. The Yankees donated $500,000 to the relief efforts for the deadly tornadoes that struck the South, giving $250,000 to the American Red Cross and $250,000 to the Salvation Army. The Blue Jays activated outfielder Rajai Davis and promoted rookie David Cooper, then put both of them right into the starting lineup. Cooper started at designated hitter.

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