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Alfonseca appeals 7-game suspension

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Published September 6, 2003

MILWAUKEE - Cubs reliever Antonio Alfonseca was suspended for seven games, bullpen coach Juan Lopez was suspended for one game and outfielder Moises Alou was fined Friday for their run-in with umpire Justin Klemm this week.

Alfonseca appealed, and can continue to play until the appeal process is complete. He declined to comment before Friday night's game.

Alfonseca was penalized for making contact with Klemm; Alou and Lopez were disciplined for arguing.

"The penalty is too severe. I can't remember a suspension longer than five games for a push of umpire, let alone seven games," Cubs general manager Jim Hendry said.

Crew chief Mike Reilly said of Alfonseca: "That is one of the severest attack of an umpire I've seen since I've been in the big leagues, which is 27 years."

Alou, Alfonseca and Lopez were fined an undisclosed amount.

In other news, Cubs first baseman Randall Simon paid $432 to close a case in which he used his bat to hit a woman dressed as a sausage during a race at a Brewers game.

Simon was cited for disorderly conduct for his actions during a July 9 game with the Pirates, his team at the time.

Bond had been set at $432. Simon didn't challenge it and forfeited the money Thursday, ending the case, the court said.

Simon has said he did not deliberately knock down the woman, who got a few scrapes.

CONCERNS ABOUT VENEZUELA: The Marlins and Rockies have urged players to avoid the Venezuelan winter league because of political turmoil, the head of Venezuelan pro ball said. Ramon Guillermo Aveledo, president of the Venezuelan Baseball League, cited fears that a campaign for a recall vote on leftist President Hugo Chavez could spur violence.

FAN SENTENCED: One of three men charged with trespassing for rushing onto the field during a White Sox game was sentenced to 60 days in jail and fined $1,000. Sentenced Friday was 25-year-old Jeffrey Adams, who last month pleaded guilty to misdemeanor criminal trespass.

BOBBY BONDS MEMORIAL: Bobby Bonds, who died last month after a lengthy illness, was honored in his hometown at a packed memorial service.

Bonds, the father of Barry Bonds and one of the first major-leaguers to combine home run power and base-stealing speed, was ill for nearly a year with lung cancer and a brain tumor before his death Aug. 23.

The service Thursday in a Riverside, Calif., church was attended by about 500, including former Mariners first baseman Alvin Davis and former Twins pitcher Tom Hall, both former Riverside residents. Bonds' 89-year-old mother, Elizabeth Bonds, sat proudly as speakers celebrated his achievements.

ANGELS: Catcher Tom Gregorio and right-hander Chris Bootcheck were recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake, catcher Benjie Molina went on the 60-day disabled list and right-hander Bart Miadich was designated for assignment.

BLUE JAYS: Manager Carlos Tosca served a one-game suspension for spraying spittle on umpire Tim Timmons.

BREWERS: Milwaukee purchased the contract of outfielder Pete Zoccolillo, the MVP for Triple-A Indianapolis.

EXPOS: Players reversed course and said they would consider a split home schedule next year. The Expos are sought by northern Virginia, Portland, Ore., and Washington. Team president Tony Tavares said the choices were to play home games at Montreal's Olympic Stadium, in Mexico or in San Juan.

INDIANS: Shortstop Omar Vizquel had season-ending knee surgery and outfielder Ryan Ludwick is out for the season. Ludwick jammed and bruised his right knee during a play at first Wednesday. Vizquel, 36, is expected to be ready for spring training.

PHILLIES: Jose Mesa has lost his closer's job after blowing two save chances in four days. Manager Larry Bowa said a committee would finish games. Mesa has a 7.86 ERA at home and overall is 5-7 with a 6.26 ERA. In other news, Marlins manager Jack McKeon said Bowa is "panicking" as the clubs battle for the NL's wild-card berth. McKeon said the only way he can ensure his team remains relatively relaxed for the stretch run is to remain calm. Bowa, who has been ejected six times this season, was fired by McKeon in 1988 when the Padres started 16-30.

TWINS: Right-hander Joe Mays plans to have his elbow examined next week by specialist Dr. James Andrews. Manager Ron Gardenhire said Mays reported pain in the elbow, which was operated on in November. It's unclear whether Mays will return this season.

YANKEES: Drew Henson, called up from the minors, was asked if he had completely closed the door on a possible NFL career. "I haven't thought that much about it, and I'd rather not go into that right now," the former Michigan quarterback said. "Just getting here, being around a playoff-contending team, I'd rather focus on what I have going here." The third baseman could be Joe Torre's first option as a pinch-runner. ... Pitcher David Wells filed a lawsuit against Rocco Graziosa, who was convicted of punching him in a Manhattan diner last year.

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