Former Rays player Elijah Dukes arrested, accused of hitting pregnant woman

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TAMPA, Florida (AP) -- Authorities say former major leaguer Elijah Dukes is being held in a Florida jail after his pregnant ex-girlfriend accused him of slapping her in the face during an argument.

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Hillsborough County Jail records show Dukes was being held without bond Thursday after his arrest a day earlier on charges of aggravated battery on a pregnant woman and driving with a revoked or suspended license. He also had been wanted on a contempt of court warrant.

A sheriff's office report said the ex-girlfriend told deputies Dukes slapped her in the face several times.

Dukes began his career with the Tampa Bay Rays and was traded to the Washington Nationals in 2008. He was released before the 2010 season. He signed last June with the independent Newark Bears of the Atlantic League.

Jail records did not indicate if Dukes had an attorney. Attorney Grady Irvin Jr. says he no longer represents Dukes.

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