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Mets relief pitcher charged with assaulting girlfriend

FLUSHING — A relief pitcher for the Mets was charged with assault after he allegedly beat up his girlfriend in a Flushing hotel, police said.

Ambiorix Burgos, 24, allegedly slammed his 26-year-old girlfriend against a wall at Flushing's Holiday Inn, punched her in the back, bit her and slapped her face, police said. He was arrested on assault and harassment charges, police said.

The reliever, currently pitching in the minor leagues while recovering from a 2007 surgery, then allegedly told the woman that police would believe his story over hers because he is a baseball player, the New York Post reported. He was arraigned Tuesday and released on his own recognizance, the Post said.

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