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Roger McDowell on administrative leave

Updated: April 29, 2011, 11:18 PM ET
Associated Press

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Braves placed pitching coach Roger McDowell on administrative leave Friday while they investigate allegations he made homophobic comments and crude gestures toward fans before a game in San Francisco last weekend.

McDowell is also accused of using a baseball bat to threaten a fan objecting to his actions.

The former major league reliever apologized in a statement, but the team barred him from the bench heading into a three-game series against the St. Louis Cardinals.

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