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MLB roundup: Milton Bradley faces domestic abuse charges

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The Los Angeles City Attorney's Office filed domestic-abuse charges against former Dodgers outfielder Milton Bradley on Friday.

Bradley, 34, could face up to 13 years in jail if he's convicted on four counts of spousal battery, four counts of criminal threats, two counts of assault with a deadly weapon, two counts of vandalism and one count of dissuading a witness from making a report. The charges stem from five incidents in which he threatened and attacked his wife.

He also could face up to $13,000 in fines and restitution. Bradley remains free while awaiting a Jan. 24 arraignment.

Bradley and his wife, Monique, are in the midst of a divorce.

During an attack in August 2011, prosecutors said Bradley kicked his wife in the ribs and then threatened her with a knife, saying "You'll be dead b---- before you divorce me."

According to reports, Bradley denies the allegations.

Bradley last played in the major leagues in 2011 with Seattle.

---When Mike Piazza's autobiography "Long Shot" is released in February, the former major-league catcher will deny using performance-enhancing drugs during his career.

Suspicions of steroid use among several prominent players surrounded the Baseball Hall of Fame vote this week. Along with Piazza, players who fell short in their first year of eligibility were pitcher Roger Clemens and slugger Barry Bonds.

Piazza received 58 percent of the vote, which was below the required 75 percent for election.

---Marcus Thames announced his retirement as a player and will become the hitting coach for the Yankees' high-A affiliate in Tampa.
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