BASEBRAWL AFTERMATH: Calling the brawl between Anaheim and Kansas City "a low point for major league baseball," AL president Gene Budig hinted that disciplinary action would be severe.
Budig happened to be in Kauffman Stadium on Tuesday night when the Angels and Royals exchanged five beanballs and degenerated into a ninth-inning melee that led to 12 ejections. Budig said he would announce his decision Friday and indicated managers Terry Collins of the Angels and Tony Muser of the Royals could be in trouble. Both were ejected, along with three coaches.The melee came exactly two weeks after another ugly incident between the Yankees and Baltimore resulted in five suspensions.
Felix Martinez, Kansas City's trouble-prone rookie shortstop who appeared to throw a sucker punch that greatly inflamed the situation, was optioned to Triple-A Omaha.
MCGWIRE HONORED: St. Louis' Mark McGwire won his third consecutive NL Player of the Month award.
McGwire, who has spent only four months in the league, had 16 homers and 32 RBIs in May, giving him a league-leading 27 homers and 68 RBIs on the season. McGwire batted .326 with a .907 slugging percentage and .513 on-base percentage.
San Francisco's Orel Hershiser, who went 5-0 with an 0.86 ERA, was Pitcher of the Month. Her-shiser struck out 27 in 42 innings.
JETER TO DL? All along, the New York Yankees said their only indispensable player was Derek Jeter.
Now, though, they might be minus their star shortstop for a while.
Jeter left Wednesday night's game after straining an abdominal muscle, and manager Joe Torre predicted the injury would require a trip to the disabled list.
Jeter hurt himself while checking his swing in the fifth inning. He left after grounding out in a 7-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.
"He'll probably be disabled," Torre said. "I would anticipate we'll be missing him for a couple of weeks."