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Colon gets seven-game suspension

Indians starter Bartolo Colon was suspended for seven games and fined an undisclosed amount Friday for intentionally throwing at Houston's Scott Servais.

Colon filed an appeal of the decision by Frank Robinson, baseball's vice president of on-field operations. The appeal means that the suspension is on hold until a hearing and that Colon, the Indians No. 1 pitcher, can take his regular turn Sunday against Detroit.

"Today I have filed an appeal of my suspension. I have nothing more to say other than I am focusing on my next start Sunday," Colon said.

Colon was thrown out in the sixth inning of Tuesday night's game in Houston by umpire Andy Fletcher after his first pitch sailed behind Servais' head and struck his bat.

Colon denied he was retaliating for teammates Juan Gonzalez and Marty Cordova being hit by pitches from reliever Jim Mann in the top half of the inning.

CARDINALS: Struggling right-hander Andy Benes, sent to the bullpen at the All-Star break, will return to the rotation and make his next start July 28 in Chicago.

CUBS: Chicago acquired outfielder Michael Tucker from Cincinnati in exchange for minor league right-handers Chris Booker and Ben Shaffar.

DODGERS: Centerfielder Tom Goodwin strained his right hamstring running out a ground ball in the fifth inning against Colorado and was removed on a cart and taken to the clubhouse for examination. He is day-to-day.

PADRES: President Larry Lucchino said Friday he will step down on Oct. 31, but will remain active in the organization.

Lucchino said he will retain his 10 percent ownership stake and will continue to lead efforts to get the team's new ballpark built. He also will continue to represent the team at major league baseball ownership meetings.

He will be replaced by Bob Vizas, who has been the team's executive president for legal and business affairs the last two seasons.

PHILLIES: Amaury Telemaco, who opened the season as the fifth starter, was designated for assignment and reliever Ricky Bottalico was activated from the disabled list.

PIRATES: Pittsburgh placed rookie Rob Mackowiak on the 15-day disabled list with a left knee injury and recalled second baseman Warren Morris from Triple-A Nashville.

YANKEES: Closer Mariano Rivera's right ankle is still sore, but the latest test failed to show any injury.

"I don't think there was anything in there that surprised anybody. It was irritation," manager Joe Torre said.

INTERLEAGUE ADJUSTMENTS: The lure of Yankees-Mets, Cubs-White Sox and other intracity games has caused baseball to scrap its plan to cut those rivalries from six games to three next year.

With interleague opponents rotating next season, the Yankees originally had been scheduled for just one three-game series against the Mets. Under pressure from various teams, the commissioner's office scheduled a second three-game series.

To fit in three more Mets-Yankees games, baseball eliminated the Yankees' planned trip to Dodger Stadium.

The other four AL East teams, however, will play the Dodgers.

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