Braves jailed on driving charges


Atlanta Braves rookies Brian Hunter and Keith Mitchell both played in last night's doubleheader, about 12 hours after being released after their arrests in separate drunken-driving incidents.

Hunter and Mitchell each went 0-for-1 in the Braves' 2-1 victory in 10 innings over the Cincinnati Reds in the first game. Hunter drove in three runs in the second game, which Atlanta lost, 10-9, in 10 innings.

Atlanta police said Mitchell, 22, a reserve outfielder, was charged with driving under the influence, driving with a suspended license and hitting a fixed object after his car ran into a median on Interstate 75-85 downtown about 5:15 a.m.

"Some dude cut right in front of me and I slammed on the brakes," Mitchell said. "The brakes locked, and I hit the wall."

In Cobb County, authorities said reserve first baseman Hunter, 23, was charged with driving under the influence and making an improper lane change after an accident at 4 a.m.

* PIRATES: Paul Martha, Pittsburgh Penguins vice president and general counsel, is one of four finalists for the club's presidency, board chairman Douglas Danforth said.

The other finalists are former Pirates treasurer Doug McCormick and two undisclosed executives who do not have ties to Pittsburgh.

* ROYALS: Mike Boddicker left last night's game after he was hit in the right knee with a line drive while pitching to his first batter, Rickey Henderson.

Boddicker left the game but said he doesn't expect to miss his next start.

Meanwhile, Cuban defector Rene Arocha, 25, will pitch five innings in an instructional league game Saturday, his first step in determining whether he has a major-league future.

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