Belle's sentence: 3 months in jail

Thome out for series against Twins


August 25, 2006

Former Oriole Albert Belle was sentenced to three months in jail and five years of supervised probation yesterday for stalking his ex-girlfriend.

Belle, 39, pleaded guilty in July to one felony stalking count. He had initially been arrested and charged in February, then rearrested May 17 at his Scottsdale, Ariz., home after he again contacted the victim. He has been jailed since the second arrest, and received credit for time served only since he entered his plea.

Superior Court Judge James Keppel warned Belle that if he contacts the victim again he will go to prison.

Belle's former girlfriend told police in January that she discovered a Global Positioning System tracking device that had fallen off her car and that Belle had threatened her.

A five-time All-Star outfielder, Belle hit 381 home runs in a 12-year career that began in 1989 with the Cleveland Indians. He also played for the Chicago White Sox and Orioles before retiring in 2000 after his second season with the Orioles.

White Sox -- Jim Thome is expected to miss the White Sox's key weekend series with the Twins because of a strained hamstring. Thome was hurt during Wednesday night's win in Detroit. "It's about the same as it was last night," said Thome, who had ice and electrical stimulation on his leg before yesterday's game. "Hopefully, it will only be a few days." White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said the team will wait several days before considering putting Thome on the disabled list.

Red Sox -- A magnetic resonance imaging exam on Manny Ramirez's right knee showed no structural damage, but the Red Sox slugger wasn't in the lineup for last night's game against the Angels. "Thankfully the MRI came back and everything's structurally clean," Red Sox manager Terry Francona said. "He does have some patella tendinitis, which we kind of knew already. So we eliminated some structural things that maybe worried us, which is good. Now we'll just see how he feels."

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