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Bradley, Lackey and managers suspended

By wire services
Published June 4, 2004

Major League Baseball handed down four suspensions Thursday.

Dodgers centerfielder Milton Bradley was suspended for four games for his baseball-tossing tantrum after an ejection Tuesday. Angels pitcher John Lackey was suspended for five games for throwing at Blue Jays batter Simon Pond on May 24.

Dodgers manager Jim Tracy and Angels manager Mike Scioscia each were banned for one game. All four also were fined undisclosed amounts.

In other Angels news, during the 10-7 victory over the Red Sox late Wednesday, Vladimir Guerrero went 4-for-4 with a homer, a double and a club-record nine RBIs. Yankees manager Joe Torre's response: "It was scary. That was the most awesome display of total dominance I've ever seen."

BLUE JAYS: Right-hander Roy Halladay (sore shoulder) was put on the 15-day disabled list, and right-hander Bob File was recalled from Triple-A Syracuse. ... After broadcasting every game in franchise history, announcer Tom Cheek's streak ended at 271/2 seasons because of his father's death. Cheek had called 4,306 consecutive regular-season games, plus 41 more in the postseason.

BREWERS: Pitcher Jesse Harper was claimed off waivers from the Jays and pitcher Tim Bausher designated for assignment.

CARDINALS: Catcher Mike Matheny (right side strain) was placed on the 15-day disabled list, and Yadier Molina was promoted from Triple-A Memphis.

CUBS: Right-hander Mark Prior's season debut is today against the Pirates.

D'BACKS: First baseman Richie Sexson will have season-ending surgery early next week to repair torn cartilage in his left shoulder.

MARLINS: A man has sued utilityman Wil Cordero for $20,000, claiming he suffered neck, back and knee injuries in a highway accident with the player's car. Lawrence Teele wants the money for medical expenses, pain and anguish, according to the lawsuit filed in Medina (Ohio) County Common Pleas Court.

METS: Ty Wigginton's triple gave him an extra-base hit for an eighth straight game, a team record. Steve Henderson (1977) and Tommie Agee (1969) each had seven straight. ... Second baseman Jose Reyes (back), on the disabled list because of a strained right hamstring since March 26, had his back examined by team physicians. Reyes injured it after team trainers adjusted his running style to help his hamstring.

PHILLIES: Right-hander Josh Hancock was called up to start Thursday.

RED SOX: Shortstop Nomar Garciaparra (sore right Achilles' tendon) hopes to be return early next week.

ROCKIES: Right-hander Vladimir Nunez and outfielder Rene Reyes were optioned to Triple-A Colorado Springs, and right-hander Scott Dohmann and outfielder Choo Freeman were recalled.

YANKEES: Cracker Jack is back at Yankee Stadium, returning after being briefly replaced this season by the competing caramel popcorn, Crunch 'n Munch. ... The YES Network signed play-by-play announcer Michael Kay to a five-year contract extension.

STEROIDS: The House voted to limit sales of steroid precursors such as androstenedione following congressional and public pressure to stamp out performance-enhancing drug use among players. The bill, passed 408-3, would ban over-the-counter sales.

[Last modified June 4, 2004, 00:38:46]


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