NEW YORK New York Yankees pitcher LaTroy Hawkins was suspended for three games and fined $2,000 Thursday by Major League Baseball, which said he intentionally threw at Baltimore's Luke Scott.
Hawkins asked the players' association to appeal, and the suspension will be delayed until the appeal is resolved or dropped. The penalty had been set to begin Thursday, when the Yankees hosted the Orioles.
Earlier this month, Yankees reliever Kyle Farnsworth his the three-game suspension for throwing behind Boston's Manny Ramirez reduced to one game by baseball executive vice president John McHale Jr., who reviewed the decision by vice president Bob Watson. Hawkins hoped to get a similar result.
"I should, I don't know why not," Hawkins said.
In the sixth inning at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday night, Hawkins threw an inside pitch to Scott, then threw the next one over Scott's head and was ejected without warning by plate umpire Chuck Meriwether. Scott and Hawkins began gesturing at each other, and both benches and bullpens emptied as players spilled onto the field. No punches were thrown.
ALOU PUT ON DL: Moises Alou is back on the disabled list. The Mets placed the veteran outfielder on the 15-day DL with a strained right calf Thursday. Alou left Wednesday night's game against the Atlanta Braves with the calf injury, and had an MRI exam Thursday in New York. Alou, hitting .340, has played in only 14 games after recovering from hernia surgery.
The Mets selected the contract of catcher-first baseman Raul Casanova from Triple-A New Orleans.
Casanova, who hit .283 with one homer in 46 at-bats with the Mets earlier this season, joined the team for Thursday night's game against the Braves.
ARIZONA ACTIVATES DAVIS: Arizona Diamondbacks left-hander Doug Davis, who has been recovering from thyroid cancer surgery, was activated Thursday and will return to the rotation for a weekend series against Atlanta. Davis' cancerous thyroid gland was removed April 10. He was declared cancer-free this month and rejoined the Diamondbacks for this week's series at Florida, and manager Bob Melvin has said he'll start tonight against the Braves.
To make room for Davis, Arizona designated right-hander Brandon Medders for assignment. He was 1-0 with a 4.58 ERA in 18 games pitching out of the bullpen.
Davis, who has missed 36 games this season, made two rehab starts for Triple-A Tucson.
The cancer was discovered before the season, but he made two starts before undergoing surgery April 10. He is 1-1 with a 3.72 ERA.
MORA OUT OF LINEUP: Baltimore third baseman Melvin Mora was out of the starting lineup Thursday night against New York, a day after being accidentally spiked in the right hand by the Yankees' Hideki Matsui.
RAMIREZ BACK IN LEADOFF SPOT: Slumping Hanley Ramirez returned to the leadoff spot Thursday for the Florida Marlins after spending three weeks batting third. Ramirez has hit .268 since moving from first to third in the order May 2, dropping his season average to .304. His slugging percentage was .591 batting leadoff and .357 batting third, and manager Fredi Gonzalez decided it was time to put Ramirez back where he has excelled.
KEARNS TO MISS 3-4 WEEKS: Washington Nationals right fielder Austin Kearns will have surgery today on his sore right elbow and is expected to miss three to four weeks. Kearns will have an arthroscopic procedure to remove bone fragments in his throwing elbow.