Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Baseball Notes: Orioles Pitcher Is Suspended Eight Games

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Baseball Notes: Orioles Pitcher Is Suspended Eight Games

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Baltimore pitcher gets eight-game suspension

Orioles lefthander Brian Matusz was suspended for eight games by Major League Baseball on Monday for having a foreign substance on his arm during a game in Miami.

Matusz immediately appealed and was in uniform for Baltimore's game against the Houston Astros on Monday afternoon. He will continue to pitch until his appeal is heard.

Matusz entered Saturday's game against the Marlins in the 12th inning. Miami manager Dan Jennings asked umpire Paul Emmel to inspect Matusz's right arm, and Emmel ejected the pitcher.

There was no telling when the appeal would be heard, although Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette suspected a date would be set this week.

Milwaukee Brewers reliever Will Smith was suspended for eight games Friday for having a foreign substance on his right arm during a game at Atlanta. Smith appealed the sentence and has not yet had a hearing.

Hamilton returns to Rangers * Back on a big league field, Josh Hamilton struck out on four pitches in the first inning Monday.

At least he was in the lineup, playing with the Texas Rangers for the first time in three years. He finished 0 for three with a walk and two strikeouts. "It was good to get the first at-bat out of the way, I was a little nervous up there," Hamilton said after the Rangers' sixth straight win, a 10-8 victory at Cleveland. "After that, second at-bat I was feeling pretty good. It was just good to be out there. It was good to feel the energy in the dugout."

Hamilton's return from shoulder surgery comes after Texas acquired him from the Los Angeles Angels on April 27. The Angels were unhappy that Hamilton had an alcohol and cocaine relapse in the offseason. Hamilton went to extended spring training in Arizona the day after the deal and spent the past two weeks playing 12 games in the minors.

He was activated from the 15-day disabled list and joined a team that had won five straight games and entered the day two games below .500.

"It's perfect they had the mentality that we don't need him to jump right in and be the guy he's supposed to be," Hamilton said. …

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