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Ex-Mariner Choo runs afoul of law

Cleveland Indians outfielder Shin-Soo Choo was arrested Monday on suspicion of drunken driving after a Breathalyzer test showed he had a blood-alcohol level of .201 - more than double Ohio's legal limit of .08.

Choo was arrested by police in Sheffield Lake, Ohio. An officer following Choo’s white Cadillac SUV said he was driving erratically before he was stopped.

Choo on Tuesday apologized to fans, the team, the club and his family “for the attention stemming from this matter.”

“I am hopeful that this incident will not be a distraction to the Indians organization while we remain focused on continuing to play winning baseball,” he said in a statement released by the Indians, who began the week with the best record in the big leagues.

The 28-year-old South Korean and former Seattle Mariner traveled with the team and was in the starting lineup Tuesday night, when the Indians opened a three-game series against the Oakland Athletics. Cleveland began the week with the best record in the majors.

According to police, a patrolman first spoke to Choo at 2:25 a.m. EDT. He told the officer he was lost and needed directions to Avon Lake. Choo was allowed to continue driving, but was later pulled over when he twice crossed the double-yellow lines and drifted into a bike path.

Choo’s eyes were bloodshot and he smelled of “an alcoholic beverage,” police said, and he was ordered out of the SUV.

Choo failed three sobriety tests, and was taken to the police station, given the Breathalyzer test and then charged with DUI.

SHORT HOPS

The Rangers are close to announcing a deal with Cuban defector Leonys Martin, a 23-year-old outfielder who already is working out at the Rangers’ spring training complex in Surprise, Ariz. Bob Uecker, in his 41st year as a broadcaster for the Brewers, was presented with the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association’s Hall of Fame award before Tuesday’s game against the Braves in Atlanta. Rays All-Star third baseman Evan Longoria was activated from the 15-day disabled list and in the lineup Tuesday for the first time since being sidelined April 3 with a strained left oblique. He went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts. The Blue Jays’ Jose Bautista was not in the starting lineup Tuesday against Tampa Bay because of neck spasms. Bautista, who leads the AL in batting average and home runs, had an MRI exam that was negative. Rockies infielder Ty Wigginton went on the 15-day DL because of a strained left oblique and third baseman Ian Stewart was recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs. Athletics left-hander Dallas Braden will have his shoulder examined again by renowned orthopedist Dr. Lewis Yocum today in Los Angeles.

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