April 26, 2010 in Sports

Baseball notebook: Suppan sent to bullpen

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Brewers starting pitcher Jeff Suppan was moved to the bullpen after a lackluster start to the season.
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By the numbers

4: Number of would-be basestealers thrown out by Toronto catcher Jose Molina on Sunday, the first time since Sept. 18, 2002, a catcher threw out four runners in one game.

3: Home runs surrendered to Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano by Angels starter Scott Kazmir this season.

Milwaukee Brewers right-hander Jeff Suppan has been removed from the rotation in the fourth and final year of his $42 million contract in favor of Chris Narveson, who went 2-0 in four starts late last year.

Suppan opened the year on the disabled list with neck pain. He went 0-1 with an 8.68 ERA in two appearances as the fifth starter, including being booed off the field after giving up six runs and 10 hits in 4 1/3 innings in Friday night’s 8-1 loss to Chicago.

Suppan says his results haven’t been there, but he feels like he’s making good pitches.

“I’m just trying to continue to work on what I need to work on to go out there and pitch,” Suppan said. “I’ll go to the bullpen and help out any way I can.”

Suppan said he understood the reasoning behind the move, and declined to say whether he felt two starts were enough to justify the decision. He went 7-12 with a 5.29 ERA last year.

Fan falls 14 feet during Cubs BP in Milwaukee

A spectator fell about 14 feet from the lower level in left field while the Cubs took batting practice about an hour before their game with the Milwaukee Brewers.

The man wearing Cubs gear and believed to be in his 20s was reaching out over the railing down the left field line attempting to catch foul balls on Sunday when he tumbled headfirst over the rail and onto the hard dirt below.

Brewers trainer Roger Caplinger said the man was cut and bleeding from the face, but was conscious as he was taken off the field by emergency first responders.

Jakubauskas placed on DL after hit to head

Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Chris Jakubauskas was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a concussion and head contusion after he was struck in the head by a line drive in Saturday’s game.

Jakubauskas left in the first inning after Lance Berkman’s line drive hit him in the head, behind his right ear. He was carted off the field and taken to a nearby hospital, where he was kept overnight for observation.

Rockies hold memorial for exec

Colorado Rockies president Keli McGregor was remembered as a devoted father and husband and a one-of-a-kind chief executive during an emotional memorial service Sunday at Coors Field.

Several thousand people were in attendance on a windy, brisk day, filling the stands behind home plate.

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