Ryan Franklin sorry for criticizing fans

Updated: April 21, 2011, 12:51 AM ET
Associated Press

ST. LOUIS -- Cardinals reliever Ryan Franklin has apologized for criticizing St. Louis fans after they booed him.

Franklin was demoted earlier this week from the closer's role following four blown saves. He gave up an eighth-inning home run against the Washington Nationals on Wednesday in the first game of a doubleheader and fans booed him.

Cardinals fans are often called the best in baseball because of their evenhanded nature. Franklin's sarcastic response to that label was, "Yeah, ...

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