Reds pitcher accused of shoplifting

Reds starting pitcher Mike Leake was arrested on a shoplifting charge at a downtown department store Monday, accused of trying to steal six shirts with a total value of $59.88.

Leake, 23, was booked at the Hamilton County Justice Center on a first-degree misdemeanor charge of shoplifting. It carries a maximum of 180 days in jail.

In a statement, Leake, who started and got an 11-2 win over Pittsburgh on Saturday, apologized to his family, to the team and to fans "for this distraction."

Police arrest reports said Leake removed the price tags from six T-shirts at a Macy's store and tried to leave without paying for them. Leake makes $425,000 in his second season in the majors.

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