Ortiz, Gregg suspended
Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz and Baltimore Orioles pitcher Kevin Gregg were suspended four games and fined Thursday for their parts in a July 8 bench-clearing brawl. Orioles pitcher Mike Gonzalez was suspended three games, and manager Buck Showalter was suspended one game as part of the punishment handed out Thursday by Major League Baseball. Gregg and Gonzalez have decided to appeal, delaying the suspensions; Ortiz was not immediately available for comment. "I'll let the process go out," said Gregg, who did not reveal the amount of his fine except to say it was "steep." "The four-game is a pretty hefty suspension. I get the right to meet in New York with some people, tell them how it went down, what happened, get to say my side of the story." The Red Sox did not play Thursday, and manager Terry Francona said Ortiz was excused from the team's workout in St. Petersburg, Fla., to give him an extra day to recover from the All-Star game."I know now David has to kind of figure out what he wants to do," Francona said. Showalter was to sit out Thursday's game against the Cleveland Indians. He was replaced by bench coach John Russell. "Managers don't really have any rights to appeal," Showalter said, adding that he hoped his players' punishment would be reduced on appeal. Jeter surprised about All-Star commotion Derek Jeter says he's surprised his no-show at the All-Star game caused such a commotion. The Yankees shortstop became a lightning rod this week as talk about his absence kept building. Jeter's decision to rest his sore right calf rather than head to the desert stirred up fierce debate, even among his loyal fans in New York. That was something of a shock to Jeter, who explained last Friday that it would be prudent for him to sit out and rest up for the second half. Jeter got his 3,000th career hit the next day. "It seemed to be a non-issue at the time," Jeter said before starting Thursday night's game in Toronto. "I hadn't heard a word about it until someone told me it was all over the TV on Tuesday." "I guess I was surprised. Surprised is the best way to put it, about the coverage. I understand the disappointment, I get that. I understand fans are disappointed but like I told you guys, I was disappointed I didn't get the chance to go play," he said. "This was the decision I felt was best for our team for the second half of the year." Elsewhere PIRATES: A man charged with assaulting the wife of Pittsburgh catcher Chris Snyder during a road rage incident has been ordered to stand trial. A Pittsburgh judge Wednesday ordered 44-year-old Subhash Modhwadia to be tried on charges including aggravated assault and criminal mischief for the June 15 altercation with Carla Snyder. Investigators say Modhwadia was riding a scooter when he nearly collided with the sport-utility vehicle being driven by Carla Snyder. Modhwadia allegedly followed her into a parking lot and kicked the vehicle then swung at the woman. Authorities say an off-duty police officer and a passer-by subdued Modhwadia until police arrived. ATHLETICS: Oakland says left-handed pitcher Brett Anderson will miss the rest of the season after having reconstructive surgery on his elbow. CARDINALS: Pitcher Jaime Garcia is guaranteed $27 million over the next four years under the contract he agreed to this week with St. Louis.