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Penalties pending for Phils-Giants brouhaha

SAN FRANCISCO — Giants manager Bruce Bochy said he expects to hear soon from Major League Baseball about the ramifications of his team's bench-clearing brawl with the Phillies on Friday night.

RH reliever Ramon Ramirez and C Eli Whiteside were both ejected for San Francisco along with Philadelphia CF Shane Victorino.

"My guess is Monday," Bochy said Saturday. "They'll look at the video, and we'll get word on what they think they need to do."

Tempers flared in the sixth when Ramirez hit Victorino in the lower back with a pitch, moments after the Phillies' Jimmy Rollins stole second with a six-run lead. Victorino walked toward the mound, and Whiteside stepped in front of him and began jumping. Placido Polanco raced in from second base and was tackled by Whiteside.

Bochy defended Whiteside's actions to reporters.

"If you know (Whiteside), you know he's not a fighter," Bochy said. "But he's going to protect his pitcher. He saw a player coming in from the side and went at his feet. It wasn't like they were throwing punches or anything."

Phillies manager Charlie Manuel did not talk before the game, his custom for day games. Ramirez also declined to talk.

Giants 1B and former Ray Aubrey Huff told reporters he was kneed in the head while in the middle of the scrum. Rollins shoved San Francisco bench coach Ron Wotus as they exchanged words.

Victorino pushed plate umpire Mike Muchlinski trying to get back into the fray then was held back by Wotus and Phillies hitting coach Greg Gross.

A day after, both sides appeared to come out of the incident injury free.

"Nobody got hurt on either side, which is good news," Bochy said. "It was more pushing and shoving than anything else. I thought overall it was very clean."

A-ROD SWINGING: Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez resumed taking batting practice, hitting several home runs among 43 swings in his first session since having right knee surgery on July 14. He also took about 30 swings off the tee and 66 swings from soft toss on the main field at the team's minor-league complex in Tampa.

SURGERY FOR PITCHER: Rockies rookie RHP Juan Nicasio had neck surgery to stabilize a fracture a day after he was struck in the head by a line drive. The team said in a statement that Nicasio was resting comfortably at a Denver hospital after surgery on the C-1 vertebrae.

ANGELS: RHP Jered Weaver dropped his appeal of a six-game suspension (for throwing a pitch over a batter's head) and will miss an upcoming series against the Yankees.

ASTROS: LHP J.A. Happ, who has a 6.26 ERA this season, was optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City. RHP Jeff Fulchino and LHP Wesley Wright were recalled from Oklahoma City.

BRAVES: RHP Jair Jurrjens, who has allowed 16 earned runs in 23 innings over his past four starts, went on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right knee. LHP Mike Minor was recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett.

PADRES: OF Chris Denorfia went on the DL with a strained right hamstring. OF Blake Tekotte was recalled less than 48 hours after being optioned to Double-A San Antonio.

PIRATES: RHP Brad Lincoln, a first-round pick in 2006, was recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis to join a tired bullpen.

RANGERS: 3B Adrian Beltre cut short a workout when he aggravated the strained left hamstring that landed him on the DL list two weeks ago. He will miss another three weeks.

REDS: 2B Brandon Phillips sprained his right ankle in a collision with CF Drew Stubbs and is day to day.

RED SOX: SS Jed Lowrie, out since June 16 with a left shoulder strain, is expected to be activated from the DL on Monday.

ROYALS: CF Melky Cabrera left the game against the Tigers in the fourth with a sore left ankle.

Penalties pending for Phils-Giants brouhaha 08/07/11 [Last modified: Sunday, August 7, 2011 12:28am]

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