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Francisco suspended for remainder of year

Rangers pitcher Frank Francisco was suspended for the rest of the season and fined for throwing a chair that hit a woman and broke her nose during a game at Oakland. Francisco appealed the suspension, which will last no less than 16 regular-season games if upheld, said Bob Watson, baseball's vice president in charge of discipline.

Lawyers were discussing whether Francisco would start serving the penalty while the appeal is pending, which would be unusual for a baseball discipline case. The suspension is among the harshest assessed by the commissioner's office for on-field conduct in recent decades, trailing only the 30-day suspension given Cincinnati manager Pete Rose in 1988 for pushing umpire Dave Pallone.

"I don't feel good about it, but whatever they say, I have to take it," Francisco said. "I really don't want to talk about it."

Pitcher Doug Brocail was suspended for seven games, and reliever Carlos Almanzar and hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo were each suspended for five games, and all were fined. Brocail and Almanzar appealed, meaning the penalties cannot start until after a hearing before Bob DuPuy, baseball's chief operating officer.

Francisco, who was fined about $10,000 by Watson, threw the chair into the right-field box seats and hit two spectators in the head Monday night during Texas' 7-6, 10-inning loss. Francisco was arrested and taken from the stadium to jail, where he was booked. He was released about two hours later on $15,000 bail.

EXPOS: Infielder Josh Labandeira was recalled from Double-A Harrisburg, where he hit .270 with nine home runs and 33 RBI.

INDIANS: Starter C.C. Sabathia will likely miss the rest of the season because of a strained left hamstring. Sabathia gave up five runs and six hits in five innings of a 6-4 loss to Detroit Wednesday. Afterward, he punched a hole in a wall near his locker _ similar to Yankees pitcher Kevin Brown, who broke his pitching hand.

"I used my right hand, I was smart enough to do that," Sabathia said. "And I made sure I didn't hit it where there was concrete."

PADRES: Third baseman Sean Burroughs underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee to repair cartilage he tore while sliding in Wednesday's 7-3 win at Los Angeles. Burroughs won't be available even if the Padres reach the postseason because the meniscus was torn worse than originally thought, GM Kevin Towers said.

PHILLIES: Closer Billy Wagnerwas suspended two games after he was ejected against the Mets Saturday. "I have to serve it and just get it behind me," he said. "I'm just glad it's here. In a couple of days it's over and we can get past it."

Wagner was thrown out by umpire Dana DeMuth in the ninth inning of Philadelphia's 11-9, 13-inning win after Wagner threw two high fastballs to Cliff Floyd. He threw his cap across the field and a cooler out of the dugout.

RED SOX: Pitcher Byung-Hyun Kim rejoined Boston after initial indications that he'd be out until next season. Although not activated, Kim might be able to pitch again, GM Theo Epstein said.

"He's not happy with the way his 2004 season was going," Epstein said. "He feels it's his obligation to help if he can." Kim is 1-1 with a 6.17 ERA in three starts.

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