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Cabrera apologizes to Tigers, fans

Oct. 6, 2009 at 10:15 AM   |   Comments

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BIRMINGHAM, Mich., Oct. 6 (UPI) -- Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera says he's sorry that a domestic assault arrest during the weekend has distracted the team from its playoff push.

Cabrera, who is leading the team with 33 home runs, a .323 batting average and 101 runs batted in, was arrested but not charged early Saturday after what police said was an altercation with his wife at their Birmingham, Mich., home following an evening of drinking at a hotel bar, The Detroit News reported.

The Tigers star was reportedly uncooperative with police, and was picked up at the station by team General Manager Dave Dombrowski. The newspaper said Cabrera played in Saturday's crucial game against the Chicago White Sox with no sleep, going hitless in the loss and leaving six runners on base.

Cabrera was 0-for-3 in Sunday's Tigers win over the White Sox that forced Tuesday's one-game playoff with the Minnesota Twins.

"I am sorry this has become a distraction, and I apologize to the Tigers, my teammates, and all of the fans," Cabrera said in a statement e-mailed to the media. "I would appreciate it if you would respect my family's privacy as I prepare for our next game."

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