Garrett Wittels to start season in lineup

Updated: February 16, 2011, 9:06 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

Florida International shortstop Garrett Wittels will be in the Panthers' lineup when their season begins on Friday night, despite unresolved legal issues stemming from a rape charge in the Bahamas late last year.

Wittels received clearance from university officials on Wednesday, moments before the junior was holding a news conference to discuss the looming season. FIU has a three-game weekend series with Southeastern Louisiana, where Wittels will resume his pursuit of Robin Ventura's all-time ...

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