MLB Notebook: Brewers manager is done with stars being plunked

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Manager Ken Macha of the Milwaukee Brewers was still upset a day after one of his star players, Prince Fielder, was hit in the back by Braves left-hander Jonny Venters Saturday night. This was after Venters threw a breaking ball over Fielder's head with the previous pitch. Fielder had hit a tying home run in his previous at-bat.

After that game, Macha called for Baseball to look at the situation and suspend and or fine Venters. His mindset didn't change Sunday morning during his pregame media huddle.

"I cannot read intentions. I don't know," Macha said. "But you just put the evidence out there. That's not my decision to make. We've got two guys that have been hit an inordinate amount of times [Rickie Weeks and Fielder]. That's a basic fact.

"I try to treat the game with respect. If appropriate action is taken ... then so be it. If appropriate action is not taken, then I'm probably handling the situation as a manager," Macha said.

Cubs

All-Star Marlon Byrd became the first Cubs player in 105 years to be hit 15 times in a season. Byrd led off a four-run second against Philadelphia's Roy Halladay by getting nailed in the left thigh, making him the sixth Cub to be hit 15 or more times in a season and the first since Frank Chance got plunked 17 times in 1905.

Mets

Infielder Luis Castillo is expected to join New York when they open a three-game series in Arizona today and left-hander Oliver Perez should be close behind. Perez, placed on the disabled list June 5, could return as soon as Wednesday.



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