Thursday, April 19, 2018
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Yankees minor-leaguer arrested on drunken driving charge in Tampa

TAMPA — A Yankees minor-league pitcher was arrested early Friday on a drunken driving charge.

Omar Luis Rodriguez, who has pitched in the Gulf Coast League since 2012, was pulled over by Tampa police about 3 a.m. near Kennedy Boulevard and Lincoln Avenue after officers said they saw him driving the wrong way on Platt Street.

Officers said they determined his blood-alcohol content was 0.10, 2 points above the level at which the state presumes impairment.

Rodriguez, 21, first gained attention in the 2010 World Junior Baseball Championship. In June 2012, he defected from Cuba and became an international free agent.

With a minor-league contract, he is not included among the official 40-man Yankees roster, though his $4 million signing bonus was reported to be the largest ever for an international free agent.

He was booked in the Orient Road Jail on a charge of driving under the influence.

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