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Jays' Chacin mum on arrest
By Times correspondents
Published March 18, 2007
DUNEDIN - LHP Gustavo Chacin had little to say a day after he was charged with a misdemeanor count of driving under the influence after being stopped early Friday morning in Tampa.
The arrest report by Tampa Police showed that Chacin's blood-alcohol level was 0.150 and 0.152, nearly double the legal limit (0.08) at which a driver is deemed too intoxicated to drive safely. He was released Friday on a $500 bond.
Chacin pitched Saturday against Double-A Reading, allowing two runs on five hits in five innings. He walked one and struck out four.
"I don't have any comments right now; I'd just like to talk about baseball," he said.
Team officials weren't as tight-lipped.
"It's unfortunate, and I hope everybody learns something from it," manager John Gibbons said. "It's a serious mistake, and we all make mistakes,"
"He's had something happen that he's entitled to due process and whatever happens then we have to abide by the law," general manager J.P. Ricciardi said.
ON SCHEDULE: RHP Roy Halladay faced the Ottawa Lynx in Clearwater, the Phillies' Triple-A team, but Halladay's effort was major league all the way.
In five shutout innings, Halladay allowed three hits, struck out seven and didn't walk a batter.
It's not the same as facing major-leaguers, but his focus was the same.
"It's a good time to get your work in, work on things you're trying to do and really make that be your focus," he said. "All the stuff you do is the same, the only thing different is the guys that you're facing."
ON THE MEND: RHP Brandon League, who has been bothered by a muscle in his back, threw in a minor-league game at the Jays' complex. It marked the first game action of the spring for League, who is slotted to be the eighth-inning setup man. He threw one inning, striking out two of the three batters he faced.
Phillies: Moyer pitches, chats
CLEARWATER - Baseball's oldest pitcher had more fun lecturing Phillies farmhands than schooling the Yankees over the weekend.
LHP Jamie Moyer had a blast talking pitching to the minor-leaguers Friday, but the 44-year-old was low key after delivering a third straight strong outing.
Moyer allowed one unearned run over 41/3 innings in a 3-2 win over the Yankees to lower his four-start spring ERA to 2.51. In his past three starts, he has given up one unearned run over 121/3 innings.
"I'll take good results anytime ... but I had a rough second inning," Moyer said.
A highlight for Moyer was his two-hour talk to minor-leaguers.
"It was fun," he said. "I love doing it. I can talk about pitching all day. Things have been given to me as a player and you know what, why can't I give back?"
SIMON GONE: The Phillies gave up on RHP Alfredo Simon, a Rule 5 draft acquisition who cleared waivers and was taken by his former team, the Rangers.
Randy Miller, Bucks County (Pa.) Courier Times
Yanks: Pavano toils in relief
CLEARWATER - RHP Carl Pavano called it an "awkward day." With the Yankees having two starting pitchers who needed work, Pavano was used in relief. Then he pitched a partial bottom of the ninth, even though the Yankees had already lost 3-2 to the Phillies, to get his pitch count in the desired range.
It was the third spring outing for Pavano, who because of injuries last pitched in the majors on June 27, 2005.
"It's probably the first time where my body's felt a little dead; I had to work a little harder," he said. "Which I think is good, because that's part of spring training."
In 31/3 innings, Pavano gave up three runs (two earned) on four hits, walking two, striking out two and hitting a batter.
SHORT HOPS: LHP Andy Pettitte pitched five scoreless innings, retiring the final 13 men he faced. ... OF Bobby Abreu (muscle in right side) took batting practice at Legends Field and could make his spring debut Thursday.