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The New York Yankees' Darryl Strawberry was suspended for three games and Toronto's Bill Risley was banned for two because of their actions in a near-brawl last Friday.

Both suspensions were scheduled to start Wednesday. Strawberry said he would not appeal.HENTGEN OUT: Toronto pitcher Pat Hentgen has tendinitis in his right shoulder and will be sidelined for the rest of the regular season.

THOME SET TO COME BACK: After Jim Thome plays for the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons on Monday and Tuesday in playoff games against Durham, he'll rejoin Cleveland on Wednesday.

GRIFFITH MAKES BID: The Griffith family officially tried to get back into major-league baseball Monday with an offer to buy the Minnesota Twins.

Minneapolis lawyer Clark Griffith led a group of investors that submitted a bid by Monday's deadline for local buyers.

FOX MAY BE OUT OF CHASE: Fox Sports that has featured Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa on its Saturday afternoon games throughout the season and brought viewers two special games - including McGwire's record-breaker - may not be able to televise either star the final two weeks. Fox has reached its limit of nine games each for the Cubs and Cardinals and would need permission from baseball and the participating teams to show any additional games.

JAYS, METS WIN FLIPS: Toronto won the coin flip with Boston for the right to be the host for a one-game playoff in the event of a tie for the AL wild-card berth. All one-game playoffs would be Sept. 28, the day after the regular season is scheduled to end.

The New York Mets were winners in the NL flips and would be home if they tie either the Chicago Cubs or San Francisco Giants.


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