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Red Sox player Wil Cordero accused with assault on wife

June 11, 1997

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) _ Boston Red Sox outfielder Wil Cordero has been arrested and accused of assaulting his wife, prosecutors said today.

Cordero was arrested Tuesday night, an employee in the office of Middlesex County District Attorney Tom Reilly said.

The employee said Cordero faced arraignment later today on charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, a telephone. No further details were immediately available.

``We don’t have any statement right now,″ team spokesman Kevin Shea said. `` We’re aware of the situation. ... We’re gathering facts as well.″

Cordero, 25, of Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, was acquired by the Red Sox from Montreal last year. He has been hitting nearly .300 this year.

Cordero played against the Orioles Tuesday, going 1-for-8 in a doubleheader and starting both games in left field.

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