PITTSBURGH — Major League Baseball came down hard on the Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday, handing out eight suspensions and a dozen fines as punishment for a bench-clearing brawl.
Yet even with Arizona pitcher Ian Kennedy getting 10 games and infielder Eric Hinske five for their roles in Tuesday’s fight, it might not be enough to quell the lingering hostility between the NL West rivals.
“No, it’s not over yet, not at all,” said Dodgers reliever Ronald Belisario, given a one-game ban. “I don’t think anybody thinks it’s over.”
Kennedy’s suspension is the longest handled out by the league for on-field conduct since Chicago Cubs catcher Michael Barrett was handed a 10-game suspension for an incident with White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski on May 20, 2006.
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Los Angeles manager Don Mattingly and Arizona’s Kirk Gibson were given one-game bans, while Dodgers hitting coach Mark McGwire must sit two games.
Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki will be out four to six weeks with a broken rib. “I’m not going to sugarcoat it. It’s a big loss for us,” Rockies manager Walt Weiss said.
• Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter resumed hitting and fielding drills Friday for the first time since mid-April, a day after receiving medically clearance to increase his rehabilitation program for a broken left ankle.
•Texas Rangers slugger Jeff Baker sprained his right thumb receiving a high-five from a teammate on Thursday and was not in the lineup Friday night against the Toronto Blue Jays.
• The Oakland Athletics have purchased the contract of pitcher Dan Otero from Class AAA Sacramento on Friday and optioned left-hander Hideki Okajima to the minors.