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Sidney Ponson's

third alcohol-related incident since December has prompted

Major League Baseball's Baltimore Orioles to release the

28-year-old right-handed pitcher.


Ponson was arrested a week ago on a drunken driving charge

and spent 11 days in a jail in Aruba in January. The American

League club plans to terminate his contract, set to run

through 2006, for violating clauses with his drinking.


Ponson was charged with driving under the influence and

driving while impaired near here last Thursday after being

pulled over by police for tailgating.


In January, Ponson was charged with drunken driving in

Florida in a case still pending.


Ponson had been jailed for allegedly punching a judge in a

fight, but reached a settlement for community service and a

charitable contribution.


Ponson, who has not pitched since August 7 due to a torn

ligament in his right thumb, is 7-11 with a 6.21 earned-run

average this season.


The Orioles tried to trade Ponson, who has a 76-91 record

in eight major league seasons, to San Diego in July for Phil

Nevin but the Padres' hurler used a no-trade clause in his

contract to doom the deal.


Source: AFP

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this guy's a f***ing douchebag...when the Orioles were in town last week, I went to the hotel to get autographs I was able to get guys like Tejada, Palmeiro, and Roberts, but when I asked Ponson his exacts words were "I don't go to your f***ing house and bother you, so don't f***ing come here and bother me"

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