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Loaiza faces federal charges; White Sox, Cubs win

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Former All-Star pitcher Esteban Loaiza, who last month pleaded not guilty to drug charges in California, had his case moved to federal court Wednesday.
Loaiza was charged with possessing cocaine intended for sale and transferred to federal custody, the U.S. attorney's office announced. The state charges were dismissed, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported.
Loaiza, 46, was arrested last month after about 44 pounds (22 kilograms) of cocaine were found inside a minivan parked in the garage of his leased Imperial Beach townhouse, according to the federal criminal complaint.
Loaiza had crossed the Mexican border earlier that same day, prosecutors have said.
An email to his attorney in the state case, Janice Deaton, was not immediately returned.
Born in Tijuana, across the border from San Diego, Loaiza became a star athlete in the U.S. He played for numerous teams between 1995 and 2008, including the Pittsburgh Pirates, New York Yankees, Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago White Sox. He had a 21-9 record with the Chicago White Sox in 2003 and started in the All-Star Game that year.
He last appeared in the majors in 2008 with the White Sox.
Clayton Kershaw pitched three shutout innings and Logan Forsythe homered and doubled for the Dodgers. Angels starter Clayton Richard struck out seven in four innings, allowing two hits and an earned run.
Michael Hermosillo came in off the bench for the Angels, playing center field and batting 0-for-1.
Yoan Moncada had three hits and scored twice for Chicago. Starter Miguel Gonzalez got just two outs, giving up five runs on four hits and two walks. Reds starter Homer Bailey was tagged for six runs and seven hits in three innings. Scott Schebler got four hits.
A three-run fourth put the Cubs ahead for good. Albert Almora Jr. homered and drove in three, with Kyle Schwarber adding a solo shot in the sixth and Efren Bavarro also homering. Jose Quintana allowed two runs (one earned) over 2 1/3 innings.
Adam Wainwright worked 3 2/3 innings in his second start of the spring for St. Louis. Cardinals closer Luke Gregerson is expected to be sidelined for at least a couple of days with tightness in his oblique. Washington starter Max Scherzer struck out four and gave up a home run to Greg Garcia.

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