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Tuesday, November 18, 2003
Pitcher fought at bar

Associated Press

ALTON, Ill. -- Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Jason Boyd was arrested for the second time this month and charged with hitting a man in the face with a beer bottle.

He was charged with felony aggravated battery, authorities said. He posted $1,500 bond Tuesday, said Stephanee Smith, spokeswoman for the Madison County State's Attorney's office. His next court date has not yet been scheduled.

Boyd argued with Nicholas R. Stephens on the dance floor of a bar early Sunday, Alton Police Chief Chris Sullivan said. When another person tried to separate them, Boyd stepped around the person and hit Stephens with a beer bottle, Sullivan added.

Boyd has spoken with Pirates general manager Dave Littlefield, and the team is monitoring the situation, club spokesman Jim Trdinich said Tuesday.

The arrest early Sunday came less than two weeks after Boyd was charged with punching a man during a recreational basketball game. He is to appear in court Dec. 10 on the misdemeanor battery charge, Smith said.

Boyd, who grew up in Edwardsville, was claimed off waivers from Cleveland last month. The reliever went 3-1 with a 4.30 ERA in 44 games for the Indians this year after starting the season at Triple-A Buffalo.