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Another Durham incident

Less than a month after the Delmon Young incident, in which the Rays' top prospect threw his bat at an umpire and was suspended 50 games, Durham manager John Tamargo was suspended for bumping an umpire. Tamargo was suspended indefinitely by the International League on Tuesday but a formal decision on his punishment is expected by Thursday afternoon. A manager normally would get 3-5 days in this situation, but Tamargo could get more because there were reports of multiple bumps. Durham officials are not happy with all the negative attention being cast on their franchise. Coach Richie Hebner is managing the team in Tamargo's absence.

Rocco Baldelli made in through the first two games of his minor-league rehab at Triple-A Durham with no apparent problems from the strained left hamstring that had sidelined him since late March. Baldelli was the DH on Tuesday night and then played rightfield in Wednesday's matinee. He told Rays officials he did not run 100 percent.

Doug Waechter goes into his start on Thursday at Boston equipped with a new weapon, a split-finger pitch he broke out against the Marlins on Saturday.

Manager Joe Maddon said he wasn't committed to using the dramatic shift - the ""34 defense'' - against Boston's David Ortiz this weekend at Fenway Park.

[Last modified: Monday, December 21, 2009 12:30am]


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