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MLB roundup: Cleveland Indian's Ubaldo Jimenez to drop suspension appeal

By Tom Withers

Associated Press

Published: Sunday, April 8 2012 12:07 a.m. MDT

CLEVELAND — Indians manager Manny Acta says pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez plans to drop the appeal of his five-game suspension following his season debut.

Jimenez was suspended for intentionally throwing at Colorado All-Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki in his final start of spring training last Sunday. Jimenez drilled his former teammate in the elbow, escalating a running feud the two had all spring.

Before Jimenez started against Toronto on Saturday, Acta said the Indians want to take advantage of an upcoming off day so the right-hander, acquired last season in a blockbuster trade from the Rockies, won't have to miss his turn in the rotation.

Jimenez had an inconsistent spring, but Acta was encouraged by his performance over his last three starts in the exhibition season. Jimenez's velocity increased and he had better command.

GUILLEN APOLOGIZES FOR CASTRO COMMENT: Miami Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen apologized on Saturday for telling a magazine that he loves Fidel Castro, a comment that prompted to team to issue a statement denouncing the Cuban dictator.

Guillen told Time magazine that he loves Castro and respects him for staying in power so long. When Guillen read his comments Friday, he said he felt sick because he knew how people would react.

Guillen called the team's beat writers for a closed-door meeting before a game against the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday night and apologized.

"I will apologize if I hurt somebody's feelings, or I hurt somebody's thought," Guillen told the writers. "I want them to know I'm against everything 100 percent — I repeat it again — the way this man (been) treating people for the last 60 years."

In response to the magazine story, the Marlins released a statement saying, "There is nothing to respect about Fidel Castro.

"He is a brutal dictator who has caused unthinkable pain for more than 50 years. We live in a community filled with victims of this dictatorship, and the people in Cuba continue to suffer today."

FISTER HEADED TO DL AFTER LEFT SIDE INJURY: Detroit right-hander Doug Fister is heading to the disabled list after he left his first start of the season Saturday with a left side injury.

The Tigers announced after their 10-0 win over Boston that Fister will go on the 15-day DL Sunday, and the team will recall RHP Brayan Villarreal from Triple-A Toledo prior to the game.

The Tigers led 2-0 in the fourth inning Saturday when manager Jim Leyland and trainer Kevin Rand came out to the mound to check on Fister in the middle of an at-bat by Ryan Sweeney. Fister left with a left costochondral strain.

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