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Some Giants fans think the throw was intentional, but Padres pitcher Mat Latos(notes) says it was an accident.

Either way, the young San Diego righty says he's sorry that a ball he threw into the stands during last Tuesday's batting practice cleared the left-field concourse at AT&T Park and did some Jason Heyward-type damage in the player's parking lot just beyond the ballpark.

The baseball crashed upon the sunroof of the new Honda Civic owned by Giants announcer Dave Flemming. The jilted jalopy is still in the shop awaiting an estimate for its DL time, but Latos says he'll pay the bill once the Giants forward it to him. 

Here's what Latos told Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News on Monday night in San Diego:

"I've heard people are saying I threw it over the Coke bottle (in left field). That's not even close to true. Look, people are going to believe whatever they want to believe. If they send me a bill, I'll pay it. I'm sorry it happened and I'll be responsible for it. But I didn't know there was a parking lot back there. I wasn't trying to throw it out of the stadium."

Since I'm not a mind reader and am unfamiliar with the AT&T Park setup, I'm going to take Latos' word for it. The 22-year-old tells Baggarly that he did learn a valuable lesson, though:

"When you throw a ball in the stands. Throw it to the guy in the first row."

Padres fans, I'm guessing, won't mind if Latos keeps intentionally vandalizing the Giants' lineup on the field. He'll start Tuesday night's game against San Francisco at Petco Park having already been a smashing success against the team on two separate occasions. He nearly pitched a perfect game against the Giants last Thursday and is 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA (and only five hits allowed) over 16 innings this season.

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