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Robinson serves 1-game suspension

Associated Press


Washington Nationals manager Frank Robinson served his one-game suspension in Pittsburgh for his shouting match and near-confrontation with Angels manager Mike Scioscia on June 14 in Anaheim, Calif.

Robinson’s appeal of his suspension and fine was heard Monday by Bob Watson, baseball’s vice president in charge of discipline. Robinson learned 90 minutes after the hearing ended that the suspension would not be dropped.

Scioscia, also fined and suspended for one game, served his suspension.

Schilling eager to return

Boston right-hander Curt Schilling was lobbying to speed up his rehabilitation following a simulated start in Cleveland. Manager Terry Francona said that’s a good sign, but it won’t persuade anyone in the organization to hurry things along.

Schilling threw 65 pitches from the Jacobs Field mound and said his velocity and command are improving. He took some fielding practice and had no problems with the right ankle that has kept him on the disabled list since April 24.

Schilling will throw another session Friday in Philadelphia, increasing the pitch count to 85-90.

Clearing the bases

Kansas City placed first baseman Mike Sweeney on the 15-day disabled list in Chicago with a sprained left wrist and elbow before the game against the White Sox. … Reds IF Luis Lopez’s season is over after being put on the DL in Cincinnati with a torn right hamstring. He originally thought it was just a strain, but an MRI revealed the career-threatening injury. … The Chicago White Sox placed starting pitcher Orlando Hernandez on the 15-day DL because of tightness in his right shoulder. … Minnesota signed top draft pick Matt Garza, and also agreed to terms with manager Ron Gardenhire’s son, 41st-round pick Toby Gardenhire, and five other picks. Garza, a right-hander from Fresno State, was selected 25th. … The last-place New York Mets released struggling reliever Mike DeJean and put second baseman Kaz Matsui on the 15-day DL with a bruised knee. They also activated left-handed reliever Dae-Sung Koo from the DL and called up outfielder Gerald Williams from Triple-A Norfolk for today’s game in Philadelphia.

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