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Jones eager to forget banana

PHOENIX — Orioles CF Adam Jones is moving on a day after tweeting that a fan in San Francisco threw a banana onto the field near him during a game.

"It's unfortunate that things happen like that, but it ain't going stop me, myself and the Orioles," he said Monday night. "We have games to win. It's mid August. I've got a bigger concern in my head than someone's ignorance or act of whatever. You know what I mean?"

Jones, who is black, homered in the top of the ninth and had four RBIs in Baltimore's 10-2 win over the Giants on Sunday. He didn't say anything about the incident after the game but posted a tweet with an expletive that a fan had thrown a banana onto the field during the ninth inning.

A Giants fan told the San Jose Mercury News that he threw the banana but said it was out of anger at the Giants and not racially motivated. Alexander Poulides, 42, told the newspaper he took a banana off a catering cart and hurled it onto the field in disgust.

The Giants told the newspaper they were not able to verify the fan's claim.

The Giants issued an apology to Jones and the Orioles.

"We were extremely disappointed to learn about the incident involving Adam Jones at AT&T Park" Sunday, the statement said. "The Giants have a zero tolerance policy against this type of behavior, which results in immediate ejection from the ballpark."

REHAB FOR HALLADAY: Phillies RHP Roy Halladay, who is recovering from shoulder surgery in mid May, is set to make a rehab start Thursday for the Gulf Coast League team in Clearwater, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. However, Amaro said that 1B Ryan Howard, who had surgery to repair his meniscus July 10, has not been cleared to swing a bat and may be out for the season.

JURISPRUDENCE: A trial is underway in Hastings, Mich., for former major-league OF Chad Curtis, who is charged with inappropriately touching teen girls. Curtis, 44, is accused of multiple counts of criminal sexual conduct.

BRAVES: LHP Paul Maholm, out since July 21 with a bruised left wrist, made it through a simulated game with no issues and could begin a minor-league rehab assignment this week.

D'BACKS: OF Cody Ross went on the disabled list with a dislocated right hip. RHPs Chaz Roe and Tyler Skaggs, one of the team's top prospects, were recalled from Triple-A Reno.

PIRATES: OF Andrew Lambo is expected to be called up from Triple-A Indianapolis today to help bolster the bench. Lambo, 25, had a minors-best 31 homers in 117 games between Double-A Altoona and Indianapolis. The team also signed former Rays C Kelly Shoppach to a minor-league deal.

RANGERS: RHP Neftali Feliz, the All-Star closer who is trying to come back from August 2012 Tommy John surgery, was shut down with triceps tendinitis.

REDS: OF Ryan Ludwick, out since opening day when he tore cartilage in his right shoulder, was activated from the 60-day disabled list.

RED SOX: Closer Koji Uehara has a previously undisclosed $4.25 million vesting option in his contract for 2014 that will be exercised if he makes one more appearance this season, espn.com reported. … OF Ryan Kalish is scheduled for neck surgery today. Kalish hasn't played this season after having right shoulder surgery in January.

ROYALS: 2B Chris Getz, out since July 28 with a sprained left knee, was activated from the 15-day disabled list.

TIGERS: 2B Omar Infante, out since July 4 with a sprained left ankle, was activated from the disabled list. INF Hernan Perez was optioned to Triple-A Toledo.

TWINS: OF Wilkin Ramirez was activated from the disabled list after missing 69 games with concussion problems.

Jones eager to forget banana 08/12/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, August 13, 2013 12:39am]
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