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MLB notes: Guillen makes return from suspension

This is a 2012 photo of Ozzie Guillen of the Miami Marlins baseball team. This image reflects the Marlins active roster as of  Monday, Feb. 27, 2012, when this image was taken. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
This is a 2012 photo of Ozzie Guillen of the Miami Marlins baseball team. This image reflects the Marlins active roster as of Monday, Feb. 27, 2012, when this image was taken. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) ASSOCIATED PRESS

Ozzie Guillen emerged from the clubhouse tunnel three hours before game time Tuesday, saw the horde of media waiting for him in the dugout and uttered an expletive in surprise. He's back.

Returning from a five-game suspension imposed after he praised Fidel Castro, Guillen rejoined the team for Tuesday night's game against the Cubs. The Marlins won 5-2.

"I feel great," Guillen said before the game. "It's nice to come back and do what I love to do."

The talkative, opinionated, profane Guillen said he won't change — but then added he'll steer clear of certain subjects from now on. He also said he'll be more careful about what he says around people he doesn't know well.

"Obviously talking about some issues is not my business," he said. "My business is to talk about baseball. ... I learned a very tough lesson. You learn from mistakes. I hope this mistake makes me a better person."

The Venezuelan's comments about Castro in a magazine interview outraged Cuban Americans, who make up a large segment of the Marlins' fan base. He said he hopes to repair damage done by winning games and being active in community outreach.

"Obviously people are still a little bit upset," he said. "I don't blame them a bit, but I feel a lot of people supporting me. No matter what I do, it's not going to be enough."

Kentucky connections

Former Eastern Kentucky University standout Christian Friedrich, a Rockies prospect, pitched a complete game in Class 3A Colorado Springs' 2-1 seven-inning victory against Las Vegas on Monday night. Friedrich (2-1) gave up one run and allowed four hits and no walks while striking out six. Friedrich has 18 strikeouts and a 2.33 ERA through three starts this season.

Ryan Strieby, a former University of Kentucky star and Tigers prospect who plays for Class 3A Toledo, hit his first home run of the season in a 9-2 win against Indianapolis. Strieby was batting .273 with five doubles and eight RBI in 11 games before Tuesday night's contest.

Short hops

■ The Reds placed infielder Miguel Cairo on the 15-day disabled list with an injured hamstring and called up infielder Todd Frazier from Triple-A Louisville. Cairo hurt his left hamstring during a loss at Washington on Saturday.

Ron Plaza, the minor-league roving instructor for the Athletics who spent more than six decades in pro ball, died Sunday in St. Petersburg, Fla. He was 77. Plaza was entering his 30th season with Oakland and his 61st in professional baseball as a player, coach and manager. Plaza played in the St. Louis Cardinals' minor-league system as an infielder for 12 years. He joined the A's organization in 1983 after 14 years with the Cincinnati Reds, where he served as a minor-league roving instructor for eight seasons and on the major-league coaching staff for six.

■ Washington Manager Davey Johnson was hoarse when speaking with reporters before the Tuesday's game. "I don't know if it's yelling at umpires or the pollen in the air," Johnson joked. "I'll have a designated yeller on the bench."

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