Loaiza enters plea of not guilty
Former White Sox righthander Esteban Loaiza pleaded not guilty to drug charges Wednesday in San Diego County Superior Court in the wake of his arrest Friday for allegedly possessing 44 pounds of suspected cocaine.
Prosecutors charged Loaiza, an All- Star with the Sox in 2003 and 2004 and the American League starter in the 2003 All- Star Game, with possession and transportation for sale of more than 10 kilograms ( 22 pounds) of cocaine or heroin and of using a false compartment to smuggle drugs.
If convicted, Loaiza would face up to 20 years and eight months in prison.
Yankees slugger Aaron Judge took batting practice for the first time since having surgery on his left shoul- der during the offseason and said he is on track to play on Opening Day. Judge hit a rookie- record 52 home runs last season and was a unanimous pick for AL Rookie of the Year.