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DETROIT (Det. Free Press) -- Tigers rookie manager Brad Ausmus is known to be quick with a quip. But he strayed over the line Wednesday and he knew it.

It started when he was asked after the 2-1 loss to the Kansas City Royals how he's been able to keep his cool during his team's horrendous streak of late.

"Yeah, it's not fun," he said. "Like I said, once I get to the field, I'm always in a good mood, especially if I'm driving and it's sunny out. Once I'm here, I'm ready to go, I feel like I'm the exact same person that you would have seen on Day 1 of spring training."

And when he goes home, someone followed up.

"I beat my wife," Ausmus said. "I'm just kidding. No, luckily my wife and kids are fantastic. I do get a little mopey at home, but my wife and kids are good. They've seen me be in a bad mood after a loss, so they've been great."

His joke drew some hearty laughs and some nervous laughs from the media and, after answering another question, he came back to it.

"I didn't want to make light of battered women," Ausmus said. "I apologize for that if it offended anyone."

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