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Nov 27 (The Sports Xchange) - Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun reiterated his regret for lying about using performance enhancing drugs that resulted in a 65-game suspension last season from Major League Baseball.

Braun spoke to the media on Wednesday morning after taking food donations near Miller Park and again offered an apology for his actions.

"I'm deeply remorseful about what happened," he told reporters. "I wish I had the ability to go back and change things and do things a lot differently, but unfortunately I can't do that.

"All I can do is move on and try to do everything in my power to earn back peoples' trust and respect and support. I don't anticipate being able to earn back everybody's support, but I certainly intend to do everything in my power to do that and I won't stop trying."

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The Cincinnati Reds reached agreement with left-handed reliever Manny Parra on a new two-year, $5.5 million deal, reported.

Parra, 31, finished last season with a 2-3 record and a 3.33 ERA in 47 innings for the Reds as a middle reliever.

In six major-league seasons, Parra has a 28-36 record with a 4.98 ERA while working 559 innings.

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Veteran left-hander Ted Lilly told a Venezeulan newspaper his baseball career is over.

Lilly hoped to prove that he could still pitch by going to the Venezuelan Winter League after undergoing a spinal procedure to cauterize nerve endings on the right side of his neck.

But neck and shoulder pain persisted and Lilly decided to retire, he told the Venezuelan newspaper El Universal.

"My body in general is telling me that I can't take any more," said Lilly, 37. "I feel like I don't have the ability to continue at the major league level."

Lilly said he might consider coaching in the future, but his short-term plans are to spend time with his family. (Editing by Frank Pingue)

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