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Posted: Monday September 17, 2012 10:18PM ; Updated: Monday September 17, 2012 10:19PM

MLB investigating Escobar's reported homophobic message

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Pictures show Yunel Escobar with the slur written in his eye-black

An MLB spokesman said Bud Selig's office is looking into the reports

The Jays said in a statement they do not condone Escobar's message

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Yunel Escobar
Yunel Escobar was photographed at Saturday's game wearing eye-black displaying an apparent homophobic slur written in Spanish.
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TORONTO (AP) -- Major League Baseball is checking reports that Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Yunel Escobar played Saturday's game against Boston wearing eye-black displaying a homophobic slur written in Spanish.

Pictures posted online show Escobar with the message written in his eye-black, a sticker players wear under their eyes to reduce glare from the sun. The slur did not appear to be directed at any person in particular.

MLB spokesman Pat Courtney confirmed the commissioner's office is looking into the reports.

"The club takes this situation seriously and is investigating the matter," the Blue Jays said in a statement Monday night, adding they "do not support discrimination of any kind nor condone the message displayed by Yunel Escobar during Saturday's game."

The team said Escobar will be available to the media Tuesday afternoon at Yankee Stadium along with general manager Alex Anthopoulos, manager John Farrell and coach Luis Rivera.

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