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MLB Roundup: Helton arrested for DUI, Mariners' Montero probed

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Colorado Rockies first baseman Todd Helton was arrested early Wednesday for suspicion of driving under the influence in Thornton, Colo.

A witness saw Helton driving his pickup truck erratically before Thornton Police pulled him over at a gas station.

Helton was booked by police and later released. No formal charges had been filed yet.

"Last evening, I exercised poor judgment and was charged with drinking and driving after driving to a gas station near my house," Helton said in a statement. "I am very sorry and embarrassed by my actions. ... I sincerely ask my family, the Colorado Rockies Organization, Major League Baseball and the community to accept my apology. I make no excuses and accept full responsibility for my actions. I humbly ask your forgiveness."

---Seattle Mariners catcher Jesus Montero is listed in the records connected to biochemist Anthony Bosch's anti-aging clinic in south Florida records, the New York Daily News reported. Other players previously linked to Bosch include Ryan Braun, Alex Rodriguez, Danny Valencia, Francisco Cervelli, Nelson Cruz, Gio Gonzalez and Yasmani Grandal. Montero's name had not previously been connected to the clinic that is suspected of providing performance-enhancing drugs to players.

However, Montero is a client of ACES, a Brooklyn-based sports agency owned by Seth and Sam Levinson that has been tied to Biogenesis, the clinic operated by Bosch. Major League Baseball is investigating the Levinsons after another client, Melky Cabrera, tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone, according to the Daily News.

---Former pitcher Micah Owings, who is attempting to revive his career as a first baseman, signed with the Washington Nationals. Owings is expected to work his way through the Nationals' minor-league system back to the majors at age 30.

Considered one of baseball's best-hitting pitchers, Owens was released by the San Diego Padres in October. He missed most of the 2012 season after undergoing elbow surgery. In six major-league seasons, he has pitched for the Padres, Arizona and Cincinnati. At the plate, he swing a solid bat, hitting .283 with a .502 slugging percentage.

---Former Florida governor and possible 2016 presidential candidate Jeb Bush recently made a "large offer" to purchase the Miami Marlins only to be rejected by current owner Jeffrey Loria, according to the Miami Herald.

The 72-year-old Loria has no intentions of selling the team at this time because he "loves" owning the team, the Herald said.

Bush's brother, former President George W. Bush, was part owner of the Texas Rangers from 1989 to 1998 before being elected.

---Four years after throwing a no-hitter and three years removed from winning a World Series ring, 30-year-old left-hander Jonathan Sanchez will have to fight his way back to the major leagues, signing a minor league deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates, who invited him to spring training.

Sanchez went 1-9 with an 8.07 ERA last season in a combined 15 starts for the Kansas City Royals and Colorado Rockies. He didn't make a start after August 3 because of left biceps tendinitis. Sanchez threw a no-hitter for the San Francisco Giants against the San Diego Padres on July 10, 2009. A year later, Sanchez helped the Giants capture the World Series, though he went 0-2 with a 4.05 ERA in four postseason starts.

---Minnesota right-hander Anthony Swarzak is out for a month after suffering broken ribs while playfully wrestling with teammates at the team's fan fest on Jan. 25.

Swarzak, 27, will get a late start to spring training, as the team's pitchers and catchers are due to report Tuesday. He was 3-6 with a 5.03 ERA in 44 appearances (including five starts) for the Twins in 2012.
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