Tuesday, February 20, 2018
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Baseball sends Hamels a message

PHILADELPHIA — Cole Hamels earned a five-game suspension for the way he welcomed Bryce Harper to the big leagues.

The 2008 World Series MVP was suspended for intentionally throwing at the Nationals rookie in the Phillies' 9-3 win Sunday night.

Major League Baseball announced the penalty Monday. Hamels also was fined.

Hamels wasn't available to reporters before the Phillies opened a three-game series against the Mets. But the left-hander already admitted that he deliberately threw at Harper.

"I was trying to hit him," the two-time All-Star said Sunday night. "I'm not going to deny it. I'm not trying to injure the guy. They're probably not going to like me for it, but I'm not going to say I wasn't trying to do it. I think they understood the message, and they threw it right back. That's the way, and I respect it."

Hamels began serving his suspension Monday night. With LHP Cliff Lee expected to come off the disabled list and start Wednesday, coupled with Thursday's day off, Hamels really won't miss a turn in the rotation.

Hamels plunked Harper in the small of the back with a fastball in the first inning. He said the purpose pitch was his old-school way of welcoming the 19-year-old phenom to the big leagues.

"That's something I grew up watching, that's kind of what happened. So I'm just trying to continue the old baseball because I think some people are kind of getting away from it," Hamels said.

NATS LOSE WERTH: Nationals RF Jayson Werth had surgery on his broken left wrist and will miss more than six weeks. Werth hurt himself Sunday trying to make a sliding catch against the Phillies.

PITCHER SUSPENDED: Giants RH reliever Guillermo Mota was suspended for 100 games, becoming the third major-leaguer penalized twice for positive drug tests. The commissioner's office said Mota, 38, tested positive for Clenbuterol, which agent Adam Katz said was in children's cough medicine.

CLEMENS SAGA: A short clip from Mike Wallace's 60 Minutes interview with Roger Clemens in 2008 provided just enough ambiguity for the judge to rule it out, hurting the government's hopes of proving one piece of its case against the seven-time Cy Young Award winner.

ANGELS: RHP LaTroy Hawkins went on the 15-day disabled list with a fractured right pinkie finger. RH reliever David Pauley was recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake.

BREWERS: SS Alex Gonzalez has a torn ligament in his right knee and will have season-ending surgery.

METS: SS Ruben Tejada went on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right quadriceps.

ORIOLES: Fresh off a 17-inning win in which they had to use a position player to pitch the final two innings, the team promoted RHPs Jason Berken and Stu Pomeranz from Triple-A Norfolk. RHP Tommy Hunter and C Ronny Paulino were optioned to Norfolk.

TWINS: LF Josh Willingham was scratched because of an illness.

YANKEES: Closer Mariano Rivera was examined by three doctors at two hospitals as he determines where he will have knee surgery. … LF Brett Gardner, out since April 18 with a right elbow strain, had his rehab assignment at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre delayed until today by a rainout and is unlikely to return until Thursday at the earliest.

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