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Mets suspend closer Rodriguez

NEW YORK — Suspended Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez was released without bail Thursday and ordered to stay away from his girlfriend's father, whom he is accused of attacking outside a family lounge at Citi Field after a loss Wednesday night.

The team put Rodriguez on the restricted list without pay for two days, which will cost him more than $125,000.

He was arrested and charged with third-degree assault. Rodriguez, who did not enter a plea Thursday, was released on his own recognizance and is due in court Sept. 14. Judge Mary O'Donoghue ordered Rodriguez, 28, to stay away from his girlfriend — Daian Peña, the mother of their 1-year-old twins — and her father.

The reliever is accused of grabbing Carlos Peña, 53, hauling him into a nearby tunnel, hitting him in the face and banging his head on the wall. Peña went to a hospital with a scrape and swelling above his right eyebrow.

Mets CF Carlos Beltran said: "No one should act like that. … We all have family issues. But those family issues should be addressed at the house, not near the ballpark, nor at the place where you work."

Brawl suspensions: Reds P Johnny Cueto was suspended by MLB for seven games and fined for his actions during a Tuesday brawl with the Cardinals. St. Louis manager Tony La Russa and Cincinnati manager Dusty Baker were suspended for two games and fined undisclosed amounts. Four players were fined but not suspended: Cardinals P Chris Carpenter and C Yadier Molina, and Reds 2B Brandon Phillips and reliever Russ Springer.

Cubs: Manager Lou Piniella, who is helping his ailing mother in Tampa, is expected to rejoin the team in St. Louis.

Phillies: OF Shane Victorino (lower abdominal strain) was activated from the 15-day disabled list.

Rangers: MLB owners unanimously approved the sale of the Rangers to an investment group led by former team president Nolan Ryan and attorney Chuck Greenberg. Ryan will remain in his role while Greenberg becomes the managing partner and CEO of a group that also includes pipeline billionaire Ray Davis and XTO Energy founder Bob Simpson.

Yankees: LHP Andy Pettitte's simulated game in Tampa was called off when his left flexor tendon stiffened. Pettitte, on the DL with a strained left groin, will try again today.

Clemens suit: A federal appeals court in Houston refused to reinstate a defamation lawsuit former pitcher Roger Clemens filed against his former personal trainer, Brian McNamee, who claims he injected Clemens with steroids and human growth hormone.

More jurisprudence: Attorney Jacqueline Goodman said in a court motion in California her client, Andrew Thomas Gallo, 23, did not intend to drive drunk before a crash that killed Angels P Nick Adenhart, and so she asked the judge to drop a murder charge. Goodman said Gallo's designated driver got drunk, so Gallo took the wheel of the minivan and did not have the "implied malice" required for second-degree murder. Prosecutors say Gallo's intent was irrelevant because he chose to drive. A hearing is scheduled today.

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