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Pirate, Cardinal skippers punished

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Pittsburgh manager Lloyd McClendon and St. Louis manager Tony La Russa were each suspended for two games Friday after getting into a shouting match during a game that caused both benches to empty.

McClendon and La Russa were also both fined undisclosed amounts by Bob Watson, baseball's vice president of on-field operations.

La Russa was set to begin his suspension for Friday night's game against Houston. McClendon, whose Pirates beat Chicago 2-1 Friday, was to begin his suspension today.

La Russa said before Friday's game against Houston that he was surprised the ruling came so quickly. He said a committee of coaches, led by pitching coach Dave Duncan, would manage in his absence.

"I thought what would happen was before anybody made a decision that they would look at the videotape, they would look at all the pitches thrown at Cardinals, they would ask for the Pirates' side and the Cardinals' side and then make a decision," La Russa said. "That's not how it went."

La Russa criticized Major League Baseball for not letting the players settle disputes on the field.

"I think it's really bad business," La Russa said. "But I also think Major League Baseball is not really attacking the problem of pitches up and in in the best way that they should."

Both managers were ejected with two outs in the top of the ninth inning in St. Louis' 4-2 victory over Pittsburgh on Thursday after Pirates reliever Mike Gonzalez sent Tony Womack to the dirt with a high, inside pitch.

Before Gonzalez's next pitch, La Russa yelled at him. That prompted McClendon to storm out of his team's dugout and head toward the Cardinals dugout to confront La Russa.

YANKEES REHABBING: Yankees reliever Steve Karsay allowed one run over three innings Friday in his third extended spring training game in Tampa, Fla. Karsay is coming off rotator cuff surgery last May. He could rejoin the Yankees in the next few weeks.

Orlando Hernandez also pitched Friday, starting the extended spring contest against Tampa Bay minor leaguers. He gave up four runs — one earned — five hits and struck out five in three innings.

SEXSON OUT FOR SEASON: Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Richie Sexson had surgery on the torn cartilage in his left shoulder Friday morning after getting a second opinion Wednesday recommending the procedure.

Team doctor Michael Lee said the operation took about an hour and had a 90 percent chance of being successful.

The prognosis now is for Sexson to be 100 percent within about six months — well in time for spring training.

CHIPPER POSITION: Chipper Jones is ready to move from left field to first base, hoping to stay healthy and fill a hole for the Atlanta Braves. The star slugger reported early Friday to Turner Field and took groundballs at first base, a position he's never played before.

"I think we all realize that I need to be in there somewhere," Jones said. "You know what I mean? You can't just take a guy out of the middle of your order and not miss it. Sometimes guys have to make sacrifices — including myself."

The 1999 NL MVP is still struggling with tightness in his right hamstring, an injury that sent him to the disabled list from April 26-May 7. Jones hurt his hamstring again Tuesday against Montreal and hasn't played since. He'll be limited to pinch-hitting duty for the next three days.

OTHER MOVES: Aaron Harang went on the 15-day disabled list Friday with a sore right elbow, leaving the Cincinnati Reds scrambling to revamp their rotation. Manager Dave Miley said the club will call up a pitcher from Triple-A Louisville to take Harang's spot on Tuesday.

Philadelphia Phillies closer Billy Wagner, on the disabled list since May 14 with a strained left groin, will pitch Sunday for Double-A Reading in a rehabilitation assignment.

The Seattle Mariners placed left fielder Raul Ibanez on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring. The move was made retroactive to Thursday.