Friday, July 23, 2004

Ortiz, Zambrano suspended, fined

Cubs' Hawkins also given penalties

The Associated Press

NEW YORK - Boston slugger David Ortiz and Chicago Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano were suspended for five games each Thursday for their recent actions in separate games.

Cubs pitcher LaTroy Hawkins got a three-game suspension from another game.

All three players plan to appeal the penalties, which were set to start today. They will be able to play until hearings are held.

All three players also were fined undisclosed amounts by Bob Watson, vice president of on-field operations for Major League Baseball.

Ortiz became upset after being called out on strikes last Friday night at Anaheim.

Zambrano was penalized for intentionally hitting St. Louis' Jim Edmonds with a pitch Monday.

On Tuesday, Hawkins gave up a tiebreaking homer in the ninth to the Cardinals' Albert Pujols. Hawkins was ejected after he started yelling at home plate umpire Tim Tschida.

YANKEES: Shortstop Derek Jeter missed his second consecutive game Thursday because of a small break in his right hand and probably won't play tonight in the series opener at Boston.

First baseman Jason Giambi, his average down to .224 with 11 homers and 36 RBI, spent much of the day at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center undergoing tests to find out why he has been feeling so weak. Giambi, who did not start in eight straight games from June 26 to July 4 because of an intestinal parasite, is in an 0-for-18 slump.

ASTROS: The Florida Marlins traded pitcher Darren Oliver to the Houston Astros on Thursday for a player to be named or cash.

Oliver was 2-3 with a 6.44 ERA in 18 games this year.

INDIANS: Cleveland purchased the contract of right-hander Chad Durbin from Triple-A Buffalo on Thursday and sent down left-hander Jeriome Robertson.

WHITE SOX: Outfielder Magglio Ordonez was sent back to Chicago for tests on his left knee, still sore nearly two months after surgery.

Ordonez told manager Ozzie Guillen his knee was hurting and he was removed from the starting lineup before Thursday night's game against Cleveland.

NOTEWORTHY: A group trying to lure a minor-league baseball team to Owensboro, Ky., unveiled a proposed new stadium, saying the idea is a first step in bringing the national pastime back to the city.

The Bring Back Baseball Committee said Wednesday that a new stadium, which would seat 4,000, would cost between $7 million and $10 million and could be used for a Frontier League team and other sporting events and concerts.

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