Tejada apologizes for gesture

Apparent obscenity toward fan after strikeout draws him a league fine


A Major League Baseball official confirmed yesterday that the league fined Miguel Tejada, who was caught by television cameras making an apparent obscene gesture to a fan during the Orioles' 4-3 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre on Wednesday.

The amount of the fine was undisclosed, but both league and Orioles officials considered the gesture out of character for Tejada, who is regarded as one of the most fan-friendly players in baseball.

"I want to apologize to everyone, especially to the Orioles fans and the fans in Toronto, for my action in Wednesday's game," said Tejada in a statement released by the Orioles yesterday. "I was frustrated and should not have let things get to me. I am sorry and hope people will accept that and know that is not the kind of person I am."

The incident happened after Tejada struck out against Toronto closer and former Oriole B.J. Ryan with the tying run on second in the eighth inning. It was his second strikeout of the game.

Asked if the Orioles will also fine Tejada in addition to MLB, team executive vice president Mike Flanagan declined to comment, saying the matter will be handled "internally."

"We don't condone what Miguel Tejada did," Flanagan said in a statement. "His actions certainly are out of character with the player and person we know him to be. The situation is being handled internally and neither the Orioles organization nor Miguel will comment further on the matter."

The Orioles, idle yesterday, will start a three-game series tonight against Boston at Fenway Park.


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