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DETROIT (AP) - Tigers manager Brad Ausmus apologized again Thursday, a day after he sarcastically told reporters that he beats his wife when his team isn't playing well.

Ausmus says he realized his words were insensitive and in poor taste as soon as they left his mouth.

The first-year manager was asked after Detroit's 2-1 loss to Kansas City on Wednesday 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."

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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