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Reds, Phils punished for brawl

By Times Wires
Published June 21, 2003

NEW YORK - Philadelphia pitcher Carlos Silva was suspended for six games and Cincinnati's Adam Dunn and Sean Casey drew three-game suspensions Friday for a brawl last week.

Casey and Silva appealed. Dunn negotiated his suspension to two games and served his starting Friday. Phillies manager Larry Bowa also was suspended for one game and will sit out today against Boston. All four were fined by Bob Watson, baseball's vice president for on-field operations, for the June 13 brawl in Cincinnati.

Silva was disciplined for intentionally throwing at Dunn, touching off the brawl. Dunn was punished for charging the mound and acting aggressively. Casey was suspended for fighting.

ASTROS: Jeff Kent (left wrist) was out of the starting lineup for the second straight game.

BRAVES: Right-hander Paul Byrd is scheduled to throw a simulated game today and hopes to report to the minors for a rehabilitation assignment. He has yet to pitch this season after elbow surgery.

BREWERS: Lefty Glendon Rusch was sent to Triple-A Indianapolis after losing 10 straight, one shy of the club record. Also, outfielder Anthony Gwynn, the son of eight-time NL batting champion Tony Gwynn, signed and was assigned to Class A Beloit of the Midwest League.

CUBS: Jose Hernandez, acquired Thursday in a trade from the Rockies, rejoined Chicago and entered at shortstop in the sixth. He was traded from the Cubs to the Braves in 1999.

GIANTS: Rookie pitcher Kurt Ainsworth (right shoulder) left his rehab start Wednesday at Triple-A Fresno because of stiffness in the area behind his throwing shoulder. He was scheduled to throw 70-80 pitches, but came out after 34.

MARLINS: Pitcher Steve Kent was designated for assignment to make room for outfielder Miguel Cabrera on the 40-man roster. Cabrera homered in the 11th to beat the Rays in his major-league debut. ... Righty Josh Beckett, out since May9 with a sprained right elbow, will try again today to make his first rehab start for Class A Jupiter. His first two scheduled rehab starts were rained out.

ORIOLES: Melvin Mora left against Atlanta after a pitch from Greg Maddux hit him on the right hand in the first inning. X-rays showed no damage and manager Mike Hargrove said Mora was day-to-day.

RANGERS: Shortstop Alex Rodriguez was in the starting lineup a day after he was hit in the face by a throw as he covered second base.

ROYALS: One former Devil Ray is out, another is down. Albie Lopez, who was 4-2 with a 12.71 ERA in 15 games, was released. Second baseman Brent Abernathy was optioned to Triple-A Omaha. The team also purchased the contract of first baseman Morgan Burkhart and recalled righty Ryan Bukvich.

TWINS: An MRI exam showed righty Mike Fetters has a slight muscle tear in his right elbow. Manager Ron Gardenhire said Fetters will not throw for a month.

YANKEES: General manager Brian Cashman said it was "hogwash" that the team might have postponed Thursday's game against the Devil Rays to keep struggling starter Jeff Weaver from pitching against the Mets this weekend. New York postponed the game about half an hour after the scheduled 1:05 start. Rain stopped falling later in the afternoon.

"I was upset to see the conspiracy theories," Cashman said.

Weaver (3-6, 5.77 ERA) was pushed back from a scheduled start today to face Tampa Bay again Tuesday at Tropicana Field.

Also, first baseman Nick Johnson had the cast removed from his right hand, which has a stress fracture. He is expected to return in 3-4 weeks.

[Last modified June 21, 2003, 01:17:59]

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