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Sunday, March 3
Updated: March 4, 8:07 AM ET
McLemore involved in incident in Arizona store

Associated Press

SEATTLE -- Seattle Mariners utility man Mark McLemore was involved in a scuffle at a store near the team's training facility in Peoria, Ariz., police said Monday.

Mark McLemore

McLemore, 37, and Chris Mills, 20, manager of a Best Buy outlet in Glendale, Ariz., both said they wanted to press charges over the episode, which occurred Feb. 21, Glendale police officer Matt Brown told The Associated Press.

The case is being forwarded to the municipal prosecutor's office for a decision on whether either man will be charged with a misdemeanor, Brown said.

Brown said police were summoned after McLemore went into the electronics store about a quarter-mile from the Mariners' spring training camp in Peoria to ask about an alternating current adapter.

McLemore, 5-foot-11 and 207 pounds, told police Mills wouldn't help him, tried to take the adaptor out of his hand, said he was calling security and walked toward him as if to knock him down.

McLemore said he put out his hands to protect himself, grabbed the 6-foot-3, 330-pound manager and threw him to the floor.

Mills told police he asked that McLemore wait until he was done with another customer and offered to answer the question as he walked through the store, only to be met by cursing and menacing behavior.

Mills said he tried to call security but his walkie-talkie didn't work, then was shoved and fell as he tried to walk past McLemore.

Only after the confrontation did Mills learn McLemore's identity, Brown said.

Two 20-year-old store employees who saw the confrontation could not say who was the aggressor, Brown added.

No one was injured, and the incident appeared to be "something that would just fade away," Mariners general manager Pat Gillick told the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

"We support Mark all the way on this," Gillick said.

McLemore played six positions last season -- left field, third base, shortstop, second base, center field and right field -- helping the Mariners to an AL record 116 wins.

He finished the year with a .286 batting average, his highest since 1996, and hit five home runs, drove in 57 runs and had a career-best 39 stolen bases.

In December he signed a two-year contract worth about $6 million.

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