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Yankees’ Michael Pineda Charged With DUI In Tampa

Michael Pineda (credit: Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Michael Pineda (credit: Leon Halip/Getty Images)

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TAMPA, Fla. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda has been charged with drunken driving in Tampa.

Hillsborough County jail records show that the 23-year-old right-hander was arrested shortly after 3 a.m. Monday. He was released hours later on $500 bail.

The police report said Pineda was driving without his headlights on and traveling at “a high rate of speed and weaving from side to side, crossing the lane markers, failing to maintain (a) single lane of travel,” according to the New York Post.

Pineda told the Post he had “three or four” mixed whiskey drinks in “three or four” hours.

“I was driving very smoothly,” he told the paper.

Pineda went to the Yankees in the offseason trade that sent catcher Jesus Montero to Seattle. Pineda remained in Tampa at the Yankees’ spring training facility after hurting his shoulder in March and has not pitched in a game this season.

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