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INSTIGATORS IN BRAWL GET THREE-GAME SUSPENSIONS

NEW YORK - Yankees C Jorge Posada and Toronto LHP Jesse Carlson were suspended for three games each and fined Wednesday by Major League Baseball for their roles in Tuesday's bench-clearing brawl.

The pair were cited for "aggressive and inappropriate actions" by baseball vice president Bob Watson and started serving the penalties immediately.

Yankees utilityman Shelley Duncan was suspended for three games and appealed.

Toronto manager Cito Gaston said Carlson was fined $3,000 and C Rod Barajas was docked $1,000. Posada was fined $2,500, and Yankees hitting coach Kevin Long and RHP Edwar Ramirez also were fined.

HARWELL SAYS THANKS:Ernie Harwell said a goodbye of sorts to Tigers fans. The Hall of Fame broadcaster waved to Comerica Park crowd after thanking fans for their "devotion, support, loyalty and love." Harwell, 91, has been diagnosed with inoperable cancer of the bile duct.

LASORDA HONORED:Tom La-sorda will soon take his place alongside other Dodgers stars in the Smithsonian Institution. The Hall of Fame manager will have his portrait hung in the museum's National Portrait Gallery. The unveiling is set for Tuesday, Lasorda's 82nd birthday.

ASTROS: RHP Roy Oswalt will be shut down for the season. The ace has been bothered by back and hip pain.

ORIOLES: Minor-league C Freuny Parra was suspended 50 games after testing positive for boldenone, a performance-enhancing substance.

RANGERS: CF Josh Hamilton wants to get back on the field but said it's possible he won't play again this season. He has missed 11 games with a pinched nerve in his back and now has tightness in his right glute.

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