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Three Royals, Guillen suspended after brawl

On the mend

■ Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright threw 35 pitches in a simulated game and will begin what he hopes is a short rehab stint later this week. Wainwright has been out nearly two months with a tendon injury in his right middle finger.

■ White Sox third baseman Joe Crede is still at least five days away from resuming baseball activities because of a sore back. Crede, who was returned from Triple-A Charlotte where he appeared in only one game before the back flared up, has been on the 15-day DL since July 25.

Sidelined

Billy Wagner was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left forearm, leaving the New York Mets without their All-Star closer as they chase a playoff spot. Wagner has blown seven of 34 save chances, but no other New York pitcher has a save this season.

■ Orioles center fielder Adam Jones was placed on the 15-day DL with a broken left foot. The move was retroactive to Sunday, when Jones was unable to walk on the foot after fouling a ball off it Saturday.

Short hops

■ Tampa Bay recalled former Lexington Legend SS Ben Zobrist from Triple-A Durham and optioned Jonny Gomes to its top farm club..

■ A Boston Red Sox fan sued the New York Yankees and two of its fans Tuesday, alleging he was attacked at Yankee Stadium last summer.

■ Rockies GM Dan O'Dowd would not confirm a report that the team had claimed starter Livan Hernandez on trade waivers Tuesday. ”I can't comment on that,“ O'Dowd said. ”I will say we are looking for another starting pitcher.“

■ The long-awaited conversion of Seattle right-hander Brandon Morrow to a starter began Tuesday when the Mariners optioned Morrow to Triple-A Tacoma. Morrow hopes to get ready to potentially make a few starts with the major-league club before the end of the season. The Mariners designated DH Jose Vidro for assignment.

■ Diamondbacks pitcher Dan Haren has agreed to terms on a four-year, $44.75 million contract that runs through the 2012 season.

Kansas City catcher Miguel Olivo and pitcher Zack Greinke were suspended for five games Tuesday for their actions during a brawl with the Chicago White Sox over the weekend.

White Sox Manager Ozzie Guillen was suspended two games and Royals Manager Trey Hillman was given one game. All four penalties also included fines.

Olivo and Greinke appealed their suspensions, which were to begin with Tuesday night's game against Boston. They can continue to play until the appeal process is complete.

”We are appealing it because I think that is too much for me,“ Olivo said. ”Their pitcher (wasn't) suspended at all, nothing.“

Guillen was scheduled to sit out Tuesday and Wednesday against Detroit. The White Sox began the day percentage points ahead of Minnesota for the AL Central lead.

Hillman will also serve his penalty immediately.

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