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Archive for Saturday, July 20, 2002

AL Briefs

July 20, 2002

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Hunter suspended

Detroit Minnesota outfielder Torii Hunter was suspended for three games and fined Friday for throwing a ball at Cleveland's Danys Baez. Hunter will start serving the suspension today. Angry that he was hit by a pitch in the fifth inning of Minnesota's 8-5 win Wednesday, Hunter picked up the ball and fired it directly at Baez. The ball deflected off his glove and hit Baez on a leg.

Hernandez suspended

New York New York Yankees pitcher Orlando Hernandez was suspended for five games and fined Friday by the commissioner's office, which accused him of intentionally hitting Toronto's Carlos Delgado. Hernandez's penalty was to start today, but the players' association appealed.

Clemens back on mound

Tampa, Fla. New York Yankees pitcher Roger Clemens threw off a mound Friday for the first time since a groin strain sidelined him a week ago.

Mondesi leaves hospital

New York Yankees right fielder Raul Mondesi was hospitalized overnight because of shortness of breath and released Friday. The Yankees said Mondesi underwent tests at Montefiore Hospital, which were negative, but he was not with the team for Friday night's game against Boston.

Rangers' Irabu released from hospital in KC

Arlington, Texas Texas closer Hideki Irabu was released from a Kansas City, Mo., hospital on Friday, five days after being diagnosed with a series of small blood clots in his lungs.

Irabu was hospitalized at St. Luke's Hospital after complaining of chest pains and shortness of breath Monday night. Irabu will return to Arlington for an examination by team internist Dr. Scott Hunter. The right-hander had been given medication and blood thinners to dissolve the clots, then scheduled for additional tests to determine where the clots formed.

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