High & Inside

Step out of the car, please

Never let it be said the Arizona Highway Patrol doesn't take its job seriously.

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A.J. Pierzynski of the Chicago White Sox can certainly speak to that.

Members of the White Sox organization told ESPNChicago that Pierzynski was pulled over on Interstate 10 in Arizona while driving to Wednesday's game against the Cincinnati Reds in nearby Goodyear.

According to the website, Pierzynski was pulled over going just 10 miles per hour over the speed limit, but the big problem came when the officer saw Pierzynski's colors. He had worn his White Sox uniform for the 15-minute drive from Glendale.

"I've never been pulled over in my uniform and given a ticket," Pierzynski told Chicago Breaking Sports. "So I loved it when he said, 'Oh, you play for the White Sox?' I said, 'How did you guess? Figure it out.' "

The patrolman apparently told Pierzynski he was a Cubs fan - and wrote the ticket.

 

Cubbies act like grizzlies

The Cubs had trouble of their own. Starter Carlos Silva and third baseman Aramis Ramirez scuffled in the dugout Wednesday during a game against the Milwaukee Brewers in Maryvale, Ariz. Silva was pulled after the Cubs committed three errors (one by Ramirez) in Milwaukee's six-run first.

Silva, who also gave up two home runs in the inning, was escorted to the clubhouse by a coach.

 

See ya, Scott

Apparently Scott Boras is such a big name in baseball, it requires a news conference to mention his name.

Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira gathered reporters around his locker at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa on Wednesday morning.

"I've decided to end my relationship with Scott Boras," Teixeira said. "He'll no longer be my agent. There's no reason to get into a lot of specifics right now. Sometimes business relationships just run their course."

Boras negotiated the eight-year, $180 million deal that Teixeira signed with the Yankees in December 2008.

 

Aces wild

Nationals righthander Stephen Strasburg, rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, threw the ball from about 75 feet and reported he felt fine.

"They don't want me to put too much pressure on it," Strasburg said. "They just want it to be a fluid throw. I'm not lobbing the ball, but at the same time, I'm not trying to play burnout or anything."

Rockies ace Ubaldo Jimenez was scratched from his scheduled start against San Diego because of a nail infection on his pitching hand.

The Dodgers signed Clayton Kershaw to a one-year deal worth $500,000. The lefthander has been named the opening day starter against San Francisco on March 31.

Red Sox righthander Josh Beckett will miss his scheduled spring training start against the Phillies in Fort Myers, Fla, on Thursday because of concussion symptoms. Beckett was hit on the left temple while shagging balls in the outfield during batting practice Monday.

 

Noteworthy

A's outfielder Coco Crisp has been arrested on suspicion of drunken driving. The team said in a statement that Crisp was arrested early Wednesday in Scottsdale.

 


Contact staff writer Don McKee at dmckee@phillynews.com.

This article contains information from the Associated Press.