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September 8, 2001

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Yankees' Posada handed six-game suspension

New York Jorge Posada's talk with baseball disciplinarian Frank Robinson about his run-in with an umpire was brief. The suspension for the New York Yankees' catcher was not.

Posada was suspended for six games and fined $3,500 Friday for his confrontation with Andy Fletcher earlier this week in Toronto.

"It was short," Posada said of his talk with Robinson. "He wanted to hear what happened from my point of view. It was tough to get a read on what would happen."

Robinson said Posada was penalized for "aggressive arguing, making contact with Fletcher on multiple occasions and throwing equipment onto the playing field."

Posada declined comment on his reaction to the suspension, which was delayed until after a hearing before Paul Beeston, baseball's chief operating officer.

Cardinals' Smith to skip next start

St. Louis St. Louis Cardinals rookie Bud Smith, who threw 134 pitches in no-hitting the Padres on Monday, will skip a turn in the rotation.

The Cardinals will instead use right-hander Alan Benes, called up from Triple-A Memphis, on Saturday against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Smith, 21, was rescheduled to pitch Thursday at Milwaukee.

"He maxed out on effort on Monday and it's a lot to ask, especially in the middle of September, and he's a young pitcher," Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said.

Smith, 4-2 with a 3.75 ERA in 11 starts, didn't seem to mind waiting for a follow-up.

"I feel a little sore," he said. "That's more pitches than I've thrown all year, and my innings are up. So all that's got to come into consideration."

Green sets LA record with 44th home run

St. Louis Shawn Green set a Dodgers' franchise record with his 44th home run Friday night. Green homered off Dustin Hermanson in the first inning of Los Angeles' game against St. Louis. He had been tied with Gary Sheffield (2000) and Duke Snider (1956) for the mark. Green has 24 homers since the All-Star break, one fewer than Sammy Sosa of the Chicago Cubs for the major league lead.

Yanks activate Brosius; return set for next week

New York The New York Yankees activated Scott Brosius from the 15-day disabled list Friday, but the third baseman won't return to the lineup until next week.

Brosius, out since Aug. 2 with a broken bone in his left hand, had been working out at the team's minor league complex in Tampa, Fla., before rejoining the club Friday.

"It feels great to be back," Brosius said. "It's like the first day of the season again."

Brosius has been fielding balls and will take batting practice this weekend. Manager Joe Torre expects Brosius to take part in a simulated game early next week and get back in the lineup after that.

Brosius is hitting .295 with 12 homers and 42 RBIs this season, but has committed 21 errors at third base.

Reds catcher Stinnett undergoes surgery

Cincinnati Cincinnati Reds catcher Kelly Stinnett underwent surgery Friday to repair damage in his right elbow and right knee and will miss the rest of the season.

He should be able to resume throwing in about six weeks, said Dr. Timothy Kremchek, the Reds' medical director, who performed the three-hour surgery at Good Samaritan Hospital.

Stinnett had arthroscopic surgery on his elbow to remove loose bone chips and cartilage fragments, free up a compressed ulnar nerve and clean out scar tissue. The arthroscopic operation on the knee was to remove loose material.

The Reds placed Stinnett on the 60-day disabled list Tuesday. He has been a backup this season to starter Jason LaRue.

Astros' Hernandez finished for season

Houston Astros rookie pitcher Carlos Hernandez has a partial tear in his left rotator cuff and will be sidelined for the rest of the season.

An MRI exam on Friday showed the injury. Hernandez will not require surgery, and will follow a plan of rest and rehabilitation.

Hernandez hurt his shoulder diving back into second base Aug. 29 against the Cincinnati Reds.

Hernandez was 1-0 with a 1.02 ERA and 17 strikeouts in 172/3 innings over three starts for Houston.

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