BIRMINGHAM, Mich. (AP) — Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera was taken to a police station over the weekend after coming home drunk and getting into a fight with his wife at their suburban Detroit home, authorities said Monday.

Birmingham Police Chief Richard Patterson said Rosangel Cabrera called 911 at 6 a.m. Saturday, requesting police assistance. An alcohol test found that Miguel Cabrera was at three times the legal limit for driving, police said.

No charges will be filed and both Cabreras refused medical attention.

“We determined that they both contributed to the domestic assault,” Patterson said. “It was minor in nature. They did have some marks on their faces. We could not determine who the aggressor was.”

Cabrera, who hit .323 with 33 home runs and 101 RBIs this season, is in the second season of an eight-year, $152.3 million contract he signed after Detroit acquired him in a blockbuster trade with the Florida Marlins.

“There was an incident that took place on Saturday, and it is a personal matter,” Cabrera said in a written statement Monday released by the Tigers. “I am sorry this has become a distraction, and I apologize to the Tigers, my teammates, and all of the fans. I would appreciate it if you would respect my family’s privacy as I prepare for our next game.”

Cabrera, 26, was the best hitter this season for Detroit. But on Friday night, with the Tigers desperately trying to wrap up the American League Central title, he went 0-for-4 and stranded four runners on base in an 8-0 loss to the White Sox. On Saturday night, he again went 0-for-4 and left six runners on base in a 5-1 loss to Chicago.

Griffey rakes in the money

SEATTLE (AP) — Ken Griffey Jr. will collect $3.15 million of a potential $5 million for returning to the Seattle Mariners.

The 39-year-old slugger earned an additional $1.15 million in bonuses tied to playing time and home attendance, according to contract details obtained by The Associated Press. That’s on top of the $2 million in base salary the active home run leader received in his one-year contract.

A spike in playing time over the final week of the season, when Griffey started five times in six games as the designated hitter, earned him an additional $250,000 for eclipsing 450 plate appearances. He finished with 456.

He earned $900,000 more for incremental combinations of his plate appearances and the team’s attendance topping 2 million.

Yet Griffey’s presence did not drive up attendance as much as the team had hoped, though it likely prevented a steeper drop in a bad economy. The Mariners drew 2,195,284 in paid attendance to Safeco Field this season, down from 2.33 million last season. It was the lowest in Seattle since 1995 at the Kingdome.

Griffey would have received another $200,000 had the Mariners attracted 4,716 more fans. He could have earned up to $3 million in bonuses had Seattle drawn 3 million fans and he reached 500 plate appearances.

Yankees slash ticket prices

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Yankees are reclassifying more than a quarter of their ritzy Legends Suite seats next season, and slashing prices on many of the remaining tickets by up to $1,250.

A total of 538 seats along the foul lines will be called the Champions Suite and will no longer have access to the duplex restaurant behind home plate, according to the team’s 2010 premium seat plan.

Those seats cost $500-$1,000 this year as part of full season tickets, but will sell for $300-$500 next year. They still will have waiter service and access to lounges down each foul line with free food to take to the seats and soft drinks.

Their removal leaves 1,357 seats in the Legends Suite. Yankees president Randy Levine declined comment on the changes. Managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner said last month the team will review pricing each year.


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