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Ortiz ruling could come by tomorrow

By Peter Abraham
Globe Staff / July 13, 2011

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PHOENIX - Major League Baseball executive vice president of operations Joe Torre said yesterday “you could be reading something on Thursday’’ about discipline for the players involved in the Red Sox-Orioles brawl on Friday.

Torre did not discuss specifics. But it’s safe to assume that Sox DH David Ortiz and Baltimore pitcher Kevin Gregg will be fined and suspended. Gregg appeared to throw several pitches at Ortiz before being ejected for saying something to him. Ortiz then charged the mound.

The umpires also ejected Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Orioles reliever Jim Johnson, who joined the fight from the bullpen.

Ortiz had not spoken to any MLB officials as of yesterday afternoon. “But I will,’’ he said. “I know there’s going to be some discipline going against myself. Things got out of hand, but I don’t feel I was the one who started it.’’

Players typically appeal suspensions. The Sox start a three-game series with the third-place Rays Friday night before playing three games at woeful Baltimore.

“It all depends on what they come with. We’ll see,’’ Ortiz said about whether he would appeal. “You can do nothing until you see what is on the table.’’

Bases covered Commissioner Bud Selig took questions from members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America at a luncheon and touched on several hot topics.

Selig said he did not expect there would be significantly more replay used to assist the umpires. What he described as a “modest’’ addition will be announced soon. That is expected to be for balls hit down the line or trapped.

Selig said that all 30 teams are reacting to Rangers fan Shanon Stone tumbling over a railing to his death last week while trying to catch a ball thrown into the stands by Josh Hamilton.

“It was horrible accident. It’s heartbreaking. It really is. It’s almost beyond comprehension to believe something like that could happen,’’ Selig said. “I think everybody is reviewing parts of their ballparks where something like this could happen. Maybe there’s some things that they can or can’t do.’’

Selig said there are no plans for expansion, but he did voice concern for the lingering stadium issues with the Rays and Athletics. He said the sale of the Astros from Drayton McLane to Jim Crane was going smoothly. He also noted that baseball was in favor of David Einhorn purchasing a $200 million stake in the troubled Mets.

As part of the ongoing collective bargaining talks, Selig hopes there will be a strict slotting system for paying draft picks and the start of an international draft.

“Make it fair so that three or four or five or six or seven teams don’t have an inherently huge advantage over everybody else,’’ he said.

Quite a lineup The Red Sox and the Yankees shared a row of lockers in the visitor’s clubhouse. Starting with Josh Beckett, the line included Adrian Gonzalez, Jacoby Ellsbury, Kevin Youkilis, Jon Lester, Russell Martin, David Robertson, Curtis Granderson, and Robinson Cano.

Ortiz was across the room, ensconced in a larger space along with fellow veteran Paul Konerko.

“It has been fun for me getting to know these guys, even the Yankees,’’ Ellsbury said. “I’ve been talking to everybody I can.’’

Gonzalez ‘sore’ Gonzalez took 61 big swings in the Home Run Derby Monday night, connecting 31 times. That explained the bag of ice wrapped around his right shoulder before last night’s 5-1 NL victory. “I’m sore. It’s like if you lifted weights and you’re sore the next day,’’ he said. “I’m fine.’’ He proved it by hitting a solo home run in the fourth to give the AL a 1-0 lead . . . Ellsbury joked before the game that he would be staying away from Adrian Beltre if both ended up on the field at the same time. Ellsbury fractured several ribs when he collided with Beltre April 11, 2010 and played just 12 more games the rest of the year . . . The 2012 All-Star Game will be in Kansas City. Selig indicated that the 2013 game would be at Citi Field in New York. “We’ll announce it soon,’’ he said. Target Field in Minnesota is the likely home of the 2014 game . . . Cano on his relationship with Ortiz: “He means a lot to me. I knew him before I made it to the big leagues. He is a guy who gives you good advice.’’ . . . Counting all the replacements, there were 84 All-Stars this season, two over the record. That is approximately 22 percent of the everyday players in the game . . . The sellout crowd at Chase Field was an angry one. All of the Red Sox and Yankees were booed when introduced, along with any players from the Dodgers, Padres, and Rockies . . . The parents and brother of Christina Taylor-Green presented the lineup cards to the umpires. Christina, 9, was one of six slain by a gunman who tried to assassinate Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in Tucson in January. Christina was the daughter of Dodgers scout John Green and the granddaughter of long-time manager Dallas Green.

Peter Abraham can be reached at pabraham@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @peteabe.

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