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Orioles release troubled Ponson

Associated Press


Sidney Ponson was released Thursday by the Baltimore Orioles, who contend the pitcher’s conduct and problems with alcohol the past nine months give them grounds to terminate his contract.

Ponson plans to fight the termination.

“In conjunction with the players’ association, we will vigorously contest the grounds for Sidney’s dismissal,” said Ponson’s agent, Barry Praver.

It was Praver’s first comment regarding Ponson since the 28-year-old pitcher was arrested on Aug. 25 for driving under the influence of alcohol.

Ponson’s arrest was his second this year. He was also charged in January with driving under the influence in Florida, a case that has not been resolved.

Wright hit with line drive

New York Yankees starter Jaret Wright was hit by a line drive in the right collarbone and on the right side of his neck, and forced to leave against the Seattle Mariners in the sixth inning. The team said X-rays were negative.

When Wright left the game, the Yankees were leading 1-0. The Mariners went on to win 5-1.

•Kevin Brown was moved to the 60-day disabled list by the Yankees, a move that in effect ends his season and perhaps his major league career.

Clearing the bases

The Boston Red Sox activated former closer Keith Foulke from the 15-day disabled list and added infielder Alejandro Machado, left-hander Matt Perisho and right-hander Chad Harville to the roster. … Royals right-hander Runelvys Hernandez had the appeal of his 10-game suspension for a July 17 beanball incident against Detroit denied.

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