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Rangers' Rogers issues an apology

ARLINGTON, Texas, July 6 (UPI) -- Texas Rangers pitcher Kenny Rogers Wednesday apologized for altercations last week with two cameramen. He has been suspended for 20 games.

Last Tuesday, he allegedly told a cameraman and a reporter near the Rangers' clubhouse to back off. One night later he allegedly went into a tirade in a similar situation, pushed Fox Sports Net Southwest photographer David Mammeli and shoved Larry Rodriguez, a photographer for Dallas-Fort Worth TV station KDFW -- before allegedly throwing Rodriguez' camera to the ground and kicking it.

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"Against the advice of my legal counsel and regardless of potential litigation, I feel compelled to come before you and express my deep regret for my actions," Rogers said in his statement of apology. Rogers, who also was fined $50,000, is appealing the suspension.

Despite the incident, the 42-year-old left-hander was voted to the American League All-Star team this week.

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