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Victorino files police report over beer blast

A MAN turned himself in to police on Thursday, hours after Philadelphia Phillies center fielder Shane Victorino filed a police report about getting doused with beer at Wrigley Field in Chicago.

Police said the man was being questioned. The incident during Wednesday's game was being investigated as a "simple battery."

Victorino was hit by a cup of beer thrown from the stands while trying to catch a fly ball in the 12-5 win over the Chicago Cubs. The Major League Baseball All-Star outfielder managed to make the grab, and Cubs Chairman Crane Kenney apologized to him in person before Thursday's game.

"It's part of the game. It's one of those things that happens and I just want to make sure that guy gets what's due," Victorino said before the Phillies' 6-1 win.

"I think he needs to be held accountable. But for the most part, I just see it as the guy thought it was fun. It is what it is. It didn't cost me in any way and it didn't hurt me in any way. It's part of the ballgame," he said.

Victorino filed the police report on Thursday. Shortly after the game, police said a man turned himself in.

Kenney, Cubs manager Lou Piniella and general manager Jim Hendry apologized to Victorino. Kenney called the incident "an assault."

"It shouldn't have happened here. It's not a good reflection on our city or organization," Kenney said. "We're going to do whatever we can to make sure that things are made right here."

According to local media reports, security personnel questioned a man who was taunting Victorino while the fan who actually threw the beer got away.


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