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Former Braves pitcher killed in home invasion

Former Atlanta Braves pitcher Pascual Perez, shown against the Phillies in 1984, has been killed in a home invasion, according to police in his native Dominican Republic.

Former Atlanta Braves pitcher Pascual Perez, shown against the Phillies in 1984, has been killed in a home invasion, according to police in his native Dominican Republic.

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic — Police in the Dominican Republic say former major league pitcher Pascual Perez has been killed in his home during an apparent robbery.

A statement from police in the Caribbean country says Perez was attacked by several people inside his home in a town west of the capital. He had been struck in the head but the cause of death has not been released. No suspects are in custody.

The 55-year-old Perez last played in the majors with the New York Yankees in 1991. He was suspended in 1992 following two positive tests for cocaine. In recent years, he has had kidney problems.

He made his major league debut in 1980 with the Pirates and played 11 seasons, including stints with the Braves and Expos.

Perez, a demonstrative pitcher for Atlanta from 1982-85 who regularly sprinted to the dugout after innings, was known to Braves' fans as "I-285" after missing a scheduled start because he circled I-285 in search of Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, which is off I-85. He also is remembered as the pitcher who threw at Padres leadoff hitter Alan Wiggins and incited a 1984 brawl with the Braves that is considered one of the worst in baseball history.

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