TORONTO — Brett Lawrie heard the penalty then expressed just one regret about his tantrum: that his batting helmet bounced up and hit an umpire.
Major League Baseball suspended Lawrie for four games and fined him an undisclosed amount Wednesday, a day after the Blue Jays third baseman raged at umpire Bill Miller during a loss to the Rays.
"Wow," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "I'm surprised it's only four."
Lawrie appealed and can play until there is a hearing, which could be held next week. He said he intended to apologize to Miller after hitting him in the right hip with his helmet.
"The only thing I would change is maybe not throwing the helmet or any equipment toward the umpire because you can get an unlucky hop and have the kind of mess that's going on right now," he said.
Lawrie, 22, started against the Yankees on Wednesday. With the same umpiring crew in town, Miller was stationed in close proximity at third base.
Lawrie received the loudest cheer in pregame introductions and the umpires were booed when their names were posted on the scoreboard.
In other Blue Jays news, OF/DH Vladimir Guerrero, 37, a nine-time All-Star and former AL MVP, reported to the team's minor-league complex in Dunedin a week after signing a minor-league deal.
CLEMENS SAGA: Brian McNamee, the key prosecution witness in the Roger Clemens perjury trial, said during cross examination that he had never made up details about the pitcher's drug use, but that some of his memories had become clearer over time. Rusty Hardin, Clemens' lead attorney, went after McNamee's credibility, citing details he hadn't mentioned to federal agents investigating steroid use in baseball in 2007.
ALL-STAR GAME: Major League Baseball finally announced that the 2013 game will be hosted by the Mets at Citi Field on July 16. The announcement was made during a news conference at City Hall with commissioner Bud Selig, Mets owner Fred Wilpon, Mr. Met and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
OBITUARY: Kevin Hickey, who pitched in six major-league seasons with the White Sox and Orioles before taking a coaching job with Chicago, died in Chicago. He was 56. A cause of death was not disclosed. Mr. Hickey had been Chicago's pregame instructor since 2004.
CARDINALS: RF Carlos Beltran sat out for a third straight game with soreness in his surgically repaired right knee.
INDIANS: RHP Josh Tomlin said that he is scheduled for a second MRI exam on his injured right wrist. Tomlin has not pitched since May 7.
PHILLIES: RHP Vance Worley was placed on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation in his pitching elbow. LH reliever Joe Savery was called up from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
PIRATES: Starting LF Alex Presley was demoted to Triple-A Indianapolis after batting .220 in 34 games. RH reliever Evan Meek was recalled from Indianapolis.
RANGERS: 2B Ian Kinsler was scratched with a stomach virus.
ROCKIES: OF Eric Young Jr. was reinstated from the restricted list. INF Chris Nelson went on the 15-day disabled list with a swollen left wrist.
TIGERS: Manager Jim Leyland said closer Jose Valverde is day to day with a strained lower back.
TWINS: 1B Justin Morneau came off the 15-day disabled list and batted fifth. Morneau had been on the DL since May 1 with a sore left wrist.
Times staff writer Marc Topkin contributed to this report.