CHICAGO -- Leading White Sox pitcher Jack McDowell has lost his appeal. His three-game suspension has been upheld by American League president Bobby Brown. He'll begin serving it today.
The impact is minimal. The White Sox ace was expected to start Friday in Cleveland. Instead, he'll go Saturday, and he won't lose any pay.
McDowell was suspended and fined $1,000 by Brown after an incident with then-Blue Jay Mark Whiten on May 19. It was sparked by a McDowell pitch that sailed behind Whiten, who charged the mound. McDowell has maintained that if Whiten (who received identical penalties) hadn't charged, there would have been no fight.