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Young Reds starter accused of shoplifting

CINCINNATI — Reds RHP Mike Leake was arrested on a shoplifting charge at a downtown department store Monday, accused of trying to steal six shirts with a total value of $59.88.

Leake, 23, was booked at the Hamilton County Justice Center on a first-degree misdemeanor charge of shoplifting. It carries a maximum of 180 days in jail.

He was arrested about two hours before pitchers were expected at Great American Ball Park to take batting practice.

Leake said in a statement released by the Reds that his attorney told him not to discuss the arrest. He apologized to his family, the club and fans "for this distraction."

The Reds issued a statement reading, "We do not condone behavior of the type alleged, which is wholly inconsistent with the principles of this organization and our community and is detrimental to the positive direction we seek to follow. When the legal process has been completed, we will handle this matter internally."

Police arrest reports said Leake removed the price tags from six American Rag T-shirts at a Macy's and tried to leave without paying for them. Leake makes $425,000 in his second season in the majors.

A Macy's spokesman said the company had no comment beyond what was reported by police.

Leake was the eighth overall pick in the June 2009 draft, receiving a $2.9 million signing bonus, and made the jump directly from Arizona State to the majors last spring.

In other Reds news, utility player Juan Francisco went on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left calf. The contract of OF Jeremy Hermida was selected from Triple-A Louisville.

OWNER TAKES LOAN: Frank McCourt took a $30 million loan this week from Fox to meet the Dodgers' payroll obligations, the Los Angeles Times reported. The arrangement is expected to cover the team's expenses into next month.

A'S: LHP Dallas Braden went on the 15-day disabled list with shoulder soreness. … Oakland acquired LHP David Purcey from the Blue Jays, who reacquired RHP Daniel Farquhar.

DODGERS: OF Jerry Sands, one of the team's top prospects, was called up from Triple-A Albuquerque. Sands, 23, was batting .400 with five homers in 10 games.

METS: LF Jason Bay's minor-league rehab assignment was extended by two games. Bay, on the DL all season with a strained left rib cage, is expected to be activated Thursday.

ORIOLES: The contract of LH reliever Clay Rapada was bought, and RHP Chris Jakubauskas went on the 15-day disabled list. To make room for Rapada on the 40-man roster, RHP Justin Duchscherer was moved from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

PHILLIES: RHP Roy Oswalt, who left his Friday start after six innings with lower back soreness, said he felt good after a 40-pitch bullpen session and expects to make his scheduled start Thursday.

RANGERS: RH reliever Mark Lowe was optioned to Triple-A Round Rock, clearing a roster spot to reinstate RHP Colby Lewis from Major League Baseball's paternity leave list.

RED SOX: LH reliever Hideki Okajima was recalled from Triple A, and LHP Felix Doubront was optioned to Pawtucket.

ROCKIES: RHP Ubaldo Jimenez will come off the 15-day disabled list today and start against the Giants. He went on the DL after opening day with a cut cuticle on his pitching thumb. … RHP Clayton Mortensen was called up from Triple-A Colorado Springs, and RHP Alan Johnson was sent down.

YANKEES: LH reliever Pedro Feliciano will put off shoulder surgery for at least 1½ months. Sidelined all season, Feliciano was examined in Pensacola by Dr. James Andrews, who recommended a six-week program of shoulder strengthening.

Young Reds starter accused of shoplifting 04/18/11 [Last modified: Monday, April 18, 2011 9:00pm]
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