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Fehr: Up to players to decide on probe

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Lorenzo Cain was hoping that nobody saw him throw the punch.

Then the Royals outfielder learned just how many video cameras there are in big league ballparks these days.

After seeing footage that Major League Baseball has of him throwing the haymaker in a brawl with the White Sox last month, Cain dropped his appeal of a two-game suspension Sunday. Along with missing the series finale against Detroit, he will miss Tuesday's game against Cleveland.


Orioles' Hardy, Flaherty to start rehab

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Injured Baltimore Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy and infielder Ryan Flaherty will both start minor league rehab assignments Monday with Double-A Bowie.

Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Sunday the pair will play at least three games with Bowie.


Rays place CF Jennings on 15-day DL

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) The Tampa Bay Rays have placed center fielder Desmond Jennings on the 15-day disabled list with left knee soreness.

The news was announced before Sunday's game against Baltimore.


Cards reliever Walden goes on 15-day DL

ST. LOUIS (AP) Cardinals setup man Jordan Walden has been placed on the 15-day disabled list because of an inflamed right biceps. Reliever Sam Tuivailala was recalled from Triple-A Memphis.

Walden stopped warming up in the eighth inning Saturday. He's 0-1 with an 0.87 ERA in 12 games with 12 strikeouts in 10 1-3 innings.


A's call up RHP Smith, demote RHP Cook

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) The Athletics have recalled right-handed reliever Chad Smith from Triple-A Nashville and demoted righty Ryan Cook.

Smith was 1-1 with a 2.31 ERA as the closer with Nashville, getting two saves in four chances. He had a blown save Saturday night at Round Rock.


Cubs claim RHP Varvaro off waivers

CHICAGO (AP) The Cubs have claimed right-handed pitcher Anthony Varvaro off waivers from the Boston Red Sox and designated left-handed pitcher Joseph Ortiz for assignment.

Varvaro is 7-9 with a 3.23 ERA, 20 holds and one save in 166 major league appearances with the Seattle Mariners, Atlanta Braves and Red Sox.


Yankees say they won't pay A-Rod's bonus

BOSTON (AP) New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman says the team doesn't plan to pay a $6 million bonus to Alex Rodriguez for his 660th home run.

Cashman spoke Saturday before the Yankees played at Boston. On Friday night, Rodriguez hit No. 660, tying Willie Mays for fourth on the career list.


Astros hit 5 HRs to push win streak to 9

HOUSTON (AP) The Houston Astros have gotten off to the best start in AL behind their pitching.

Their hitters put on quite a show Saturday night.


Price 5-hits Royals in Tigers' 2-1 win

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) David Price lost his shutout bid in the ninth inning, but still had enough to finish off the Kansas City Royals.

Price threw a five hitter for his 12th career complete game - the first by Detroit this season - in the Tigers' 2-1 victory over the Royals on Saturday night.


Yankees top Red Sox, now 12-3 in last 15

BOSTON (AP) Brett Gardner drove in three runs then watched the Yankees' bullpen shut down another opponent.

Dellin Betances struck out the last four batters for his first save and New York beat the Boston Red Sox 4-2 on Saturday for its 12th win in 15 games.

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