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Yankees' Chapman apologizes for using gun

TAMPA — A day after accepting a 30-game suspension, Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman apologized for using a gun and insisted he never hurt his girlfriend.

Chapman agreed to the penalty, assessed by Major League Baseball under its new domestic violence policy.

His girlfriend, 22-year-old Cristina Barnea, told police he pushed and choked her during an Oct. 30 incident at his home in Davie. Chapman said there was an argument, but he was pushed down by Barnea's brother then got a handgun and fired eight shots into a wall and window while locked in his garage.

Prosecutors declined to file charges, citing conflicting accounts.

"I want to take this opportunity, I want this to be clear, I'm apologizing because (of) the use of the gun," Chapman said Wednesday before the Yankees' spring training opener. "It was bad judgment on my part. But I also want to say that I never hurt my girlfriend. I want this to be very clear. I'm taking this punishment because of my bad judgment, something that I definitely want to put behind me."

Chapman said he no longer has a gun.

"I think the lesson is very clear to everybody," he said. "You have to be able to make better judgment in certain situations."

INJURY REPORT: 1B Mark Teixeira went 0-for-1 and walked in his first game since he missed the final month last season with a broken right shin as the Yankees beat a Tigers split squad 10-9. … LF Brett Gardner will be held out of games until mid March as he recovers from a bone bruise suffered during the AL wild-card game.

Phils: Rotation candidate sharp

DUNEDIN — Phillies RHP David Buchanan faced the minimum six hitters in his first two innings of spring training in a 4-4 game against the Blue Jays.

Buchanan, 26, is trying to work his way into the fifth starter job competition after compiling a 6.99 ERA in 15 starts with Philadelphia last year.

"He threw well," manager Pete Mackanin said. "He made some good pitches, threw two good innings."

Jays: No stress for Dickey

DUNEDIN — Blue Jays knuckleballer R.A. Dickey got his first spring training action out of the way with a fairly uneventful two innings against the Phillies.

Dickey, 41, set Philadelphia down in order in the first inning. The right-hander, a former NL Cy Young Award winner, gave up an RBI single to Cameron Rupp with two outs in the second.

"Right now it's not at all about results, it's much more about getting your body ready for the grind of a long season," Dickey said. Wednesday "was a big step forward in that regard. I just felt very comfortable out there. Trying to fill up the strike zone as much as I can."

Dickey, who dealt with knee soreness throughout the 2015 season and had surgery during the offseason, said he's down "probably about 12 pounds."

Yankees' Chapman apologizes for using gun 03/02/16 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 2, 2016 11:25pm]
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