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MLB notes: Jury finds Gallo guilty in Adenhart death

Tue., Sept. 28, 2010

A jury convicted a construction worker of murder Monday for a drunken-driving crash that killed promising Los Angeles Angels rookie pitcher Nick Adenhart and two of his friends.

It was the second DUI conviction for Andrew Gallo, 23, who held white rosary beads and occasionally looked up at jurors as they returned their verdicts.

Gallo was convicted on three counts of second-degree murder and single counts of drunken driving, hit-and-run driving, and driving under the influence of alcohol and causing great bodily injury.

He faces 50 years to life in state prison at his scheduled sentencing on Dec. 10.

His attorney, Jacqueline Goodman, said Gallo would appeal.

Ozzie Guillen is all set to return in 2011 as manager of the Chicago White Sox.

Guillen is already under contract for next season with a team option for 2012, but there had been speculation he would leave to join another club.

Guillen said he had separate discussions with White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf and general manager Ken Williams.

Baltimore pitcher Alfredo Simon has been suspended three games and Orioles manager Buck Showalter has been penalized one game after a run-in during the weekend against Toronto.

Simon and Showalter also were fined undisclosed amounts by Major League Baseball after home run leader Jose Bautista of the Blue Jays was plunked Sunday following a warning by the umpires.

Simon has appealed his penalty and can continue to play until the process is complete. Showalter missed Baltimore’s game Monday night at Tampa Bay as bench coach Jeff Datz filled in.

Bautista and Simon are from the Dominican Republic and consider themselves friends.

Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman probably will miss the rest of the season because of an injured rib muscle on his right side that’s sidelined him since last week.

Zimmerman was out of the lineup for Washington’s game against the Philadelphia Phillies Monday night, his fifth consecutive day off.

Zimmerman didn’t want to absolutely rule out the possibility that he could appear again in 2010, although he did say he only will play if he’s pain-free.

Zimmerman, who turns 26 Wednesday, leads the Nationals with a .307 batting average and is second on the team with a .388 on-base percentage, 25 homers and 85 RBIs. His previous best average for a full major league season was .292 in 2009.

The Atlanta Braves plan to start Tim Hudson and Derek Lowe on three days’ rest during this last week of their playoff push.

The Braves needed to adjust their rotation because Jair Jurrjens is still slowed by a sore right knee.

Manager Bobby Cox said Hudson will start today against the Marlins, and Lowe on Wednesday.

Blue Jays left-hander Marc Rzepczynski recorded eight consecutive outs by strikeouts Monday night against the New York Yankees.

Rzepczynski struck out Alex Rodriguez in the first and again in the fourth.

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