Milwaukee Brewers star Prince Fielder and Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Guillermo Mota were fined Thursday for their run-in this week.
Major League Baseball will not suspend them. The amounts of the fines were not disclosed.
“My agent took care of it. He told me I got fined, but he didn’t tell me how much it was,” Mota said before the Dodgers opened a four-game series against Atlanta in Los Angeles. “I wasn’t suspended. I got fined. So why do I have to talk about it? That was two days ago. That’s in the past. I’m just here to do my job.”
Mota hit Fielder in the ninth inning of a 17-4 win Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium, presumably as payback for Milwaukee’s Chris Smith grazing Manny Ramirez with a pitch two innings earlier.
Afterward, Fielder charged across a hallway toward the Dodgers’ clubhouse but was restrained by teammates and security.
Boston’s Ortiz plans news conference
Red Sox star David Ortiz may soon provide more details about his 2003 drug test.
The Boston slugger and incoming players’ union head Michael Weiner plan a news conference Saturday at Yankee Stadium before the Red Sox play New York.
Ortiz said last week that the union confirmed his name was on the list of 104 major leaguers who tested positive for performance- enhancing drugs in 2003. Ortiz says he’s still waiting for more information on the result.
Clearing the bases
Arizona placed All-Star Justin Upton on the 15-day disabled list with a right oblique strain, cutting at least two weeks out of what has been a breakthrough season for the young outfielder. … San Diego extended manager Bud Black’s contract through the 2010 season. Terms were not announced. … St. Louis’ Brad Thompson has been suspended for three games and fined for throwing a pitch near the head of the New York Mets’ David Wright. … Philadelphia general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said J.A. Happ (8-2) won’t go to the bullpen to make room for Pedro Martinez once he comes off the DL. … The Yankees acquired pitcher Chad Gaudin from San Diego for a player to be named.
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