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Pitcher: I threw at dugout, not fans

Updated: July 23, 2009, 1:35 PM ET
Associated Press

DAYTON, Ohio -- A minor-league pitcher accused of throwing a baseball that injured a fan in Ohio testified Thursday that he threw the ball downward toward a dugout to try to keep opposing players from rushing the field during an on-field melee.

Julio Castillo, 22, of the Dominican Republic, was pitching for the Peoria Chiefs against the Dayton Dragons when the bench-clearing brawl broke out last July. A fan in the stands suffered a concussion after getting struck by a ball Castillo threw; ...

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