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Rainout good for Indians’ Brantley

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POSTED June 18, 2014 11:13 p.m.

CLEVELAND (AP) — The weather may have done the Cleveland Indians, and outfielder Michael Brantley in particular, a favor.

Wednesday night’s game against the Los Angeles Angels was postponed by a steady rain that began during batting practice and escalated into heavy thunderstorms in the early evening.

The postponement was announced shortly after the 4:05 p.m. scheduled start. No makeup date was announced.

The Indians said Wednesday that Brantley, who leads the team with 11 homers and 46 RBIs while batting .323, has been diagnosed with a concussion and will likely be out of the lineup until Saturday.



Ausmus apologizes for remark about beating wife

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.

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