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May 9, 2008 at 4:35 PM

Sexson in lineup tonight

Bob Condotta here at Safeco Field filling in tonight.
The big news of the day is Richie Sexson’s six-game suspension for instigating the fight last night.
However, he will appeal the suspension so he remains availalble to play until there is some resolution. He will play tonight and bat sixth.
It is unclear when the appeal will be heard, but likely soon — unlike the old days, appeals no longer have to be heard in New York but can be done via conference call.
Sexson did not talk with reporters before the game on the advice of the Players’ Union, apparently.
Mariner manager John McLaren just spoke to reporters and while he was non-committal on whether he thought the penalty was fair he said that there are some things the Mariners may be able to show Bob Watson, baseball’s vice president of discipline, that could reduce the suspension.
“There were some things said last night that we are aware of that we can use in our defense,” McLaren said. McLaren wouldn’t specify what those things were or who said them, however.
“We’ll get with Richie so that when he does appeal he’ll have some things that he can give Bob,” McLaren said.
McLaren said he thought the fact that Sexson threw his helmet at Texas pitcher Kason Gabbard probably added to the suspension.
“It’s a tough situation,” McLaren said. “Richie’s frustrated and he’s had some issues off the field and I think talking to Richie, he expected maybe for them to retaliate and when the ball was up in the eye area, it wasn’t over inside toward his head, but when your eyes see that you react, and he reacted.”
“He was real frustrated and he went out to the mound. I wish he had dropped his helmet off on the way, but he didn’t.”
McLaren also had some interesting stuff to say about the state of the team — including that he is now putting what he thinks is the best nine out there each day without worrying about hurting anyone’s feelings — and I’ll get to that a little later.

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