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Brewer riles Cardinals

ST. LOUIS — 1B Albert Pujols had no comment about a derogatory tweet that Brewers OF Nyjer Morgan posted after getting ejected from a game against the Cardinals. Cardinals RHP Chris Carpenter said he wasn't totally blameless in the incident but added that Morgan's reaction was over the top.

"I don't want to say anything," Pujols said Friday before playing the Braves. He also reiterated that he wouldn't discuss a contract extension yet. "Talk to me after the season but not right now," he said.

Morgan, whose handle is TheRealTPlush, referred to Pujols as Alberta and criticized Pujols for running to the mound and making sure Morgan's confrontation with Carpenter didn't escalate Wednesday.

"Alberta couldn't see Plush if she had her gloves on!!" Morgan tweeted, and added, "Wat was she thinking running afta Plush!!! She nver been n tha ring!!!" Earlier he reveled in the Brewers' big lead in the NL Central, tweeting, "Where still n 1st and I hope those crying birds injoy watching tha Crew in tha Playoffs!!! Aaaaahhhhh!!!"

"I'm aware of him," Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said. "The less you talk about him, the better off you are."

Morgan yelled at Carpenter and pulled his tobacco out of his mouth and flung it toward the mound after striking out. Carpenter yelled a few choice words.

"I say one thing to him and he turns around and he makes it a bench-clearing brawl," Carpenter said.

Slip of the knife: Giants LH reliever Jeremy Affeldt is out for the season after cutting his right hand while using a knife to separate frozen burger patties during Thursday's off day. He needed surgery and suffered nerve damage in his pinkie. "I should have used hot water," Affeldt said. "If I used a butter knife, nothing would have happened."

Blue Jays: OF Melvin Garcia of the Gulf Coast League Jays in Dunedin was suspended 50 games for violating the minor-league drug policy. He tested positive for an amphetamine. The suspension will be effective at the start of next season.

Nationals: RHP Stephen Strasburg, who returned from elbow-ligament replacement surgery this week, will pitch at least three more times this season, said manager Davey Johnson, who added that he will vary the pitcher's rest between four and five days. His next outing is set for Sunday against Houston on four days' rest.

Rangers: OF Josh Hamilton was scratched from the lineup to be with his wife, Katie, for the birth of their fourth daughter. Stella Faith Hamilton was born about 30 minutes before the game.

Red Sox: RHP Clay Buchholz (lower back) has begun a throwing program. RHP Josh Beckett (sprained right ankle) this week, is also throwing and making progress. LHP Erik Bedard was examined in Boston and has a strained back muscle.

Twins: Triple-A Rochester manager Tom Nieto and hitting coach Floyd Rayford were fired.

Dunedin out: Dunedin (Blue Jays) was ousted Thursday from the Florida State League playoffs, falling 4-3 at Daytona (Cubs).

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