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May 3, 2011 at 12:58 PM

Milton Bradley suspended one game by MLB, will appeal; Pineda AL’s Rookie of the Month

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(Michael Pineda was just announced as the American League Rookie of the Month. He went 4-1 with a 2.01 ERA over five starts in April and beat out Baltimore’s Zach Britton, Kansas City’s Aaron Crow, and the Angels’ Mark Trumbo and Jordan Walden).
Word came down this afternoon in a press release from MLB that Milton Bradley has been suspended one game and fined an undisclosed amount for the incident in Saturday’s game against Boston at Fenway Park.


Bradley will appeal the suspension and will be allowed to play until he has a hearing. Here’s the story I wrote for the website. There is no word from MLB or the Mariners on when the appeal will be heard.
As the linked story says, I talked to an MLB source who said a simple ejection turned into a suspension because Bradley is alleged to have made contact with second-base umpire Gerry Davis with the bill of his helmet during the argument. Bradley was ejected by Davis in the third inning after Miguel Olivo was called out at first base on a close play. Bradley apparently yelled something at first base umpire Todd Tichenor as he stood on second base to cause the ejection.
After he was ejected, Bradley jawed with Davis (see the above Associated Press photo), which is apparently when the contact is said to have taken place.

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