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Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012

Former Braves star CF Jones arrested

AP, Kyodo

DULUTH, Georgia — Former Atlanta Braves star center fielder Andruw Jones was free on bond after being arrested in suburban Atlanta early Tuesday on a battery charge, according to jail records.

Around 1:30 a.m. Tuesday, police responded to a call for a domestic dispute between Jones and his wife in Duluth.

Gwinnett County Detention Center records say Jones was booked into the county jail around 3:45 a.m. and had been released on $2,400 bond by 11 a.m.

Jones earlier this month signed a $3.5 million, one-year contract with the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles.

Once one of the premier players in the big leagues, Jones broke into the majors with the Atlanta Braves in 1996 and won 10 consecutive Gold Gloves from 1998-07 as their center fielder. He has 434 career home runs over the span of 17 seasons in the majors.

He spent his last two seasons with the New York Yankees. Jones hit .197 with 14 home runs and 34 RBIs in 94 games for New York in 2012.

The Eagles have been in touch with Jones. According to Rakuten, Jones had been with friends at a Christmas party and continued drinking afterward and quarreled with his wife, who called the police on account of domestic violence. Jones' wife reportedly did not expect he would be taken away by the police because he hadn't actually struck her.

The team issued a statement from Jones that said he was sorry from the bottom of his heart about causing worry to the fans in Japan, who were looking forward to seeing him play.

"We want him to be more conscious of his actions, and we will endeavor to manage and educate him," said team president Yozo Tachibana.

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