MLB Notebook: Dodgers manager Don Mattingly suspended for PNC Park run-in
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Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly was suspended for two games, beginning Saturday night in a game against the Atlanta Braves.
Mattingly also was given an undisclosed fine "for excessive arguing" with home-plate umpire Angel Campos in a 10-6 loss Thursday against the Pirates at PNC Park. Mattingly, outfielder Matt Kemp and Joe Blanton were ejected in the game.
The suspension was announced Saturday by Joe Garagiola Jr., senior vice president of standards and on-field operations for MLB.
Mattingly said he was confused when he first received word of the suspension. He said he now understands he was suspended because he did not attempt to restrain Kemp before joining the argument.
Kemp received no suspension or fine. "I'm happy about that," Mattingly said.
Dodgers bench coach Trey Hillman will fill in for Mattingly, who said Friday he was expecting to be suspended "a game or two."
Hanley Ramirez's showboating home run trot after connecting off A.J. Burnett Thursday didn't go unnoticed by his ex-manager in Miami. "That's Hanley," Ozzie Guillen said. "[If] Hanley hit a home run down by 30 runs, he would pimp it. That's the way he is." Guillen said he doesn't care for such antics. "There's so much [garbage]," he said. "Somebody hits a home run, they put on a show. Somebody strikes out, they put on a show. That's the way the game is right now."
Catcher Brian McCann has a cyst and a frayed labrum in his right shoulder, but insists he should be starting. "I'd like to be playing," McCann said. McCann said manager Fredi Gonzalez "feels otherwise, which is his decision." Gonzalez said McCann is "fine" and will start today. McCann said a recent MRI showed the problems. He had a cortisone shot in the shoulder last week. "I've got a cyst sitting on a joint," McCann said. "I've got a frayed labrum. Yeah, I've got those things going on in there. I'm going to manage it and get through the season and then see what we need to do."
Reliever Craig Breslow and catcher Ryan Lavarnway become what is thought to be the first all-Yale battery in the major leagues since 1883 when the appeared late in the Red Sox 4-1 win against the Yankees. According to STATS LLC, the only previous all-Yale battery was in 1883 when the Philadelphia Athletics' Jack Jones pitched to Al Hubbard.
First Published August 19, 2012 9:20 am