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Orioles irked at penalties

BALTIMORE — The Orioles were already a little angry about the way they were treated in Boston, and that fire was flamed by MLB's ruling Thursday to suspend two Orioles players and manager Buck Showalter and only one Red Sox player, slugger David Ortiz, after last weekend's bean-brawl series at Boston.

"I definitely think they need to go back and do their homework," said LHP Michael Gonzalez, who was suspended for three games and fined $1,500 for throwing behind Ortiz on Sunday. "We're already appealing it. I think (MLB needs) to go back and go through the whole series, as opposed to just going through one game and seeing how everything fell into place."

The Orioles had four disciplined in all: Gonzalez, closer Kevin Gregg (four-game suspension, $2,500 fine), Showalter (one game, undisclosed fine) and reliever Jim Johnson ($500 fine). The Red Sox had three (all received an undisclosed fine): Ortiz (four-game suspension), C Jarrod Saltalamacchia and RHP John Lackey.

Showalter sat out Thursday's game against the Indians. He was replaced by bench coach John Russell. Gregg said he was protecting himself and questioned the decision to suspend him for the same number of games as Ortiz.

A's: LHP Brett Anderson, 23, will miss the rest of the season after having reconstructive elbow surgery.

Blue Jays: 3B Jose Bautista, who leads the majors with 31 homers, is day-to-day after twisting his right ankle during an awkward slide in the fourth inning vs. New York. X-rays were negative. Bautista could have an MRI exam today.

Cardinals: LHP Jaime Garcia, 25, is guaranteed $27 million over the next four years under the contract he agreed to Wednesday.

Giants: The team met with former Nationals manager Jim Riggleman about a scouting job.

Mets: Manager Terry Collins said he will use a closer by committee to finish games now that Francisco Rodriguez has been traded to the Brewers. Veteran Jason Isringhausen and youngsters Bobby Parnell and Pedro Beato will be given the chance to close. LHP Tim Byrdak could get the call if three lefty batters are due up in the ninth.

Tigers: 1B Miguel Cabrera is expected to play tonight, three days after leaving the All-Star Game with a strained oblique muscle sustained while swinging.

Yankees: Refuting reports that he was too tired, SS Derek Jeter said he did not go to the All-Star Game because he wanted to rest his previously injured calf for the second half. "It wasn't an exhaustion thing. It was an injury thing is why I didn't go," Jeter said. … MLB officials have received medical records on Bartolo Colon's stem cell treatment, but it will take time before a review is completed. He had the treatment in the Dominican Republic in April 2010. Stem cells were injected into his shoulder and elbow in an attempt to regenerate tissue. The doctors involved said human growth hormone, which is banned by MLB, was not involved.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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