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JUDGMENT DAY: An MLB spokesman said there will be a decision today on whether to suspend closer Esteban Yan for hitting Boston's Manny Ramirez with a pitch in the July 18 game.

"I don't want to know nothing," McRae said. "No news is good news."

Yan insisted he was not throwing at Ramirez intentionally and doesn't think he should be suspended. Told that MLB vice president Bob Watson was reviewing tape of the game, Yan said, "Tell him he doesn't need to watch tape, just call me."

THE JOE SHOW: Joe Kennedy's back-to-back poor starts are not a major concern. But they do show the 23-year-old left-hander has more to learn.

"Part of his development is that he learns to get them out on days when he's not sharp," McRae said. "There are going to be starts when you're not going to have it, but that doesn't mean that you lose the baseball game. Somehow you work your way through it."

_ MARC TOPKIN

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