Kevin Mitchell of the San Francisco Giants will appeal the two-game suspension he was given yesterday by National League president Bill White for his role in a brawl Wednesday at San Diego.
Mitchell was suspended for two games and fined an undisclosed amount for charging the mound after being hit with a pitch by Padres pitcher Bruce Hurst. The suspension was scheduled to begin today but will delayed until after a hearing.
Mitchell was brushed back by Hurst in the fourth inning after hitting a home run in his first at-bat. Mitchell was restrained from going after Hurst after the brushback pitch, but charged the mound when the next pitch bounced and hit him in the foot.
* GIANTS: Rick Reuschel, 41, has been dropped from the rotation and moved to the bullpen, clearing a starting spot for Kelly Downs.
Reuschel was informed of his demotion before Sunday's game in Houston. "I'll do whatever they want," Reuschel said. "If they keep me around all year, I think I'll have more innings than anybody else on the staff."
Reuschel (0-1) has been a starter throughout most of his 18-year career, including the last four in San Francisco. Only 25 of his 554 outings have come in relief, three as a member of the Giants.
* RED SOX: A Harris County (Texas) grand jury convened yesterday in the assault case against pitcher Roger Clemens and his brother, who are accused of attacking an off-duty police officer in a Houston nightclub. No action was expected until tomorrow, said an assistant to defense lawyer Mike Ramsey. A delay in convening a grand jury has caused Clemens' trial to be repeatedly postponed, Ramsey has said.
* JURISPRUDENCE: Jurors at Howard Spira's trial heard the admitted gambler say he'd blow owner George Steinbrenner "out of the water" with bad publicity.
Spira, on trial for allegedly trying to extort money from Steinbrenner, said he wanted more than the $40,000 Steinbrenner gave to him in January 1990 because the owner had "promised him the world."
"If you thought the Trump New York headlines were big, it will be uglier than you can imagine," Spira said in a telephone conversation with Philip McNiff, executive vice president of Steinbrenner's American Shipbuilding Co., in Tampa, Fla., on Feb. 28, 1990. "I will blast him out of the water that he will never recover from it, ever. You will see."