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Devil Rays prospect Upton facing DUI charge

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Durham Bulls shortstop B.J. Upton, the No. 2 pick in the 2002 amateur draft, was charged Friday with drunken driving.

The Tampa Bay prospect was stopped by Chapel Hill police about 3:30 a.m. for traveling 51 mph in a 30 mph zone, according to a police report. He had a blood alcohol level of 0.11 percent. The legal limit for drivers in North Carolina is 0.08.

Upton was released on a written promise to appear in court, the report said.

"The Devil Rays and B.J. Upton recognize the seriousness of this matter," the Devil Rays said in a statement. "We will continue to monitor this situation as the judicial system runs its course."

The 21-year-old player is batting .270 with five home runs in 66 games this season.