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MLB notes: Lawrie's helmet toss gets 4-day suspension

Toronto Blue Jays Manager John Farrell restrains Blue Jays third baseman Brett Lawrie as he confronts Home Plate umpire Bill Miller on a strike out call during the ninth inning of a baseball  game against Tampa Bay Rays in Toronto on Tuesday May 15 , 2012. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)
Toronto Blue Jays Manager John Farrell restrains Blue Jays third baseman Brett Lawrie as he confronts Home Plate umpire Bill Miller on a strike out call during the ninth inning of a baseball game against Tampa Bay Rays in Toronto on Tuesday May 15 , 2012. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young) AP

Brett Lawrie heard the penalty, then expressed just one regret about his tantrum: that his batting helmet bounced up and hit an umpire. Major League Baseball suspended Lawrie for four games and fined him an undisclosed amount Wednesday, a day after the Toronto third baseman got into an altercation with umpire Bill Miller.

Lawrie appealed and can play until there is a hearing, which could he held next week via video conference. He said he intended to apologize to Miller for being hit in the right hip.

"The only thing I would change is maybe not throwing the helmet or any equipment toward the umpire because you can get an unlucky hop and have the kind of mess that's going on right now," he said.

Mets to host 2013 All-Star game

Major League Baseball finally announced Wednesday that the 2013 All-Star game will be hosted by the New York Mets at Citi Field on July 16. The announcement was made during a news conference at City Hall with baseball Commissioner Bud Selig, Mets owner Fred Wilpon and Mr. Met and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Bloomberg also is hoping New York will host another baseball event. "I'm counting on a Subway Series this year," he said.

Baseball decided at least four years ago that the Mets would host the game at the ballpark, which opened in 2009, but held off an announcement until it reached agreements with the city and agencies for All-Star services and related events, such as the FanFest.

Angels fire hitting coach

The Los Angeles Angels fired hitting coach Mickey Hatcher on Tuesday after Albert Pujols and many of his teammates got off to a dismal offensive start this season.

Hatcher's dismissal was announced about 90 minutes after the Angels had 12 hits in a 4-0 victory over Oakland. A day earlier, Los Angeles lost 5-0 to the Athletics — its major league-worst eighth shutout loss already this season.

Injury report

■ The injury-riddled Philadelphia Phillies placed Vance Worley on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday, adding a starting pitcher to their mounting list of missing players: Sluggers Ryan Howard and Chase Utley have yet to play this season, Jim Thome is out with back problems and left-hander Cliff Lee was just activated from the DL on Wednesday.

■ Detroit Manager Jim Leyland says closer Jose Valverde is day to day with a strained lower back. Valverde (2-1), who converted all 49 of his save chances last year, has struggled with a 5.51 ERA this year, blowing two saves in nine chances.

Chien-Ming Wang, who hurt his left hamstring in a spring training appearance March 15, is slated to make one more start at Triple-A Syracuse as part of his rehab but was in Washington on Wednesday to throw a bullpen session in front of coaches. The Nationals will need to decide how to make room for him as all five starters have pitched well this season. "Maybe they want me to be a bullpen guy; that's what I've got to do," Wang said.

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