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Ausmus Apologizes For Remark About Beating Wife

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DETROIT, MI - MAY 11: Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus #7 walks back to the dugout during the seventh inning of the game against the Minnesota Twins at Comerica Park on May 11, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. The Twins defeated the Tigers 4-3. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

DETROIT, MI – MAY 11: Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus #7 walks back to the dugout during the seventh inning of the game against the Minnesota Twins at Comerica Park on May 11, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. The Twins defeated the Tigers 4-3. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

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DETROIT (AP) — Tigers manager Brad Ausmus quickly apologized for making a sarcastic remark after Detroit’s latest loss when he told reporters that he beats his wife when his team isn’t playing well.

Ausmus was asked after Detroit’s 2-1 loss to Kansas City how his mood is when he heads home from the ballpark these days. The Tigers have dropped 20 of 29.

Ausmus, clearly trying to joke, said: “I beat my wife.” After a brief pause, he said: “I’m just kidding around. No, luckily my wife and kids are fantastic. I do get a little mopey at home, but my wife and kids are good.”

About a minute later, without being prompted, Ausmus said: “I didn’t want to make light of battered women. I didn’t mean to make light of that, so I apologize for that if that offended anyone.”

(© Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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