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No apology from Ubaldo; no confirmation on Cabrera contract

By Sheldon Ocker Published: April 2, 2012

   GOODYEAR, Ariz. Ubaldo Jimenez is unapologetic for hitting Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki Sunday and says he will have to live with public criticism that has come his way.

   Asked if he would like to apologize, Jimenez said, ""No, he called me a (bleep). I already said I didn't mean to hit him.''

   Colorado manager Jim Tracy called the Jimenez's actions ""gutless,'' and the pitcher was ridiculed on national radio shows.

   ""I can't control what people say,'' Jimenez said. ""Whatever they think, I'll just leave it at that. This is not the first time somebody got hit. It's part of the game.'' 

   It was reported by at least three national media outlets that Asdrubal Cabrera has signed a two-year, $16.5 million contract extension that will keep him in Cleveland through 2014. 

   The club has not confirmed the deal, but Cabrera excused himself from an interview this morning by saying he had to take a physical.

   All players were given physicals at the outset of spring training, so it's likely his latest physical is required before the new contract can become official.

   Moreover, when one reporter congraqtulated him, Cabrera thanked him.





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