Cincinnati Reds pitcher Norm Charlton was suspended for seven days and fined by the National League yesterday for deliberately hitting Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Mike Scioscia and saying he might try to hit him again.
The suspension was effective immediately, but Charlton appealed NL president Bill White's ruling, making the reliever eligible to play pending a hearing.
"I have a regret for talking about it publicly," Charlton said. "It's probably not the way I should have handled it, but that's the way I did it."
Joe Kelley, a member of the Reds' public relations department, said Charlton appealed the suspension and the $1,000 fine.
Charlton hit Scioscia on the arm in a game at Cincinnati on Sept. 9 because he believed Scioscia was stealing signs.
"I threw at him. I hit him on the arm, but I didn't mean to hit him on the arm," Charlton said after the game. "He'll be lucky if I don't rip his head off the next time I'm pitching."
Last night, Charlton pitched the eighth inning and gave up a two-out single to Scioscia. The crowd then loudly booed the reliever.
* ATHLETICS: Jose Canseco is unhappy with the way he is being treated by the Oakland fans and has asked his agent to look into trade possibilities after the season.
"I'm treated better by the fans on the road than the fans at home," Canseco said. "I told my agent to sit down with [general manager] Sandy Alderson at the end of the season to explore playing elsewhere."
Canseco, who is leading the A's with 41 homers and 111 RBI, signed a five-year extension with Oakland last season for $23.5 million.
* CBS is upset at affiliates that switched back to the Atlanta Braves-Dodgers game Saturday instead of staying with the network's programming, a Toronto Blue Jays-Athletics game, after play in Atlanta had resumed after a rain delay in the fourth inning.
"They just can't take network programming without network permission," said Tony Malara, president of the CBS affiliates board.
The studio host, Pat O'Brien, bid America adieu Saturday, saying that other commitments forced the stations that comprise the CBS network to go into their regular programming.
CBS had designated one station, WAGA-TV, CBS' home-market affiliate in Atlanta, as the exception, to stick with the game until its end.
An unspecified number of Southeastern stations virtually ignored their agreement not to ignore the network's desires and stayed with the game until the Braves' winning run scored in the 11th inning.
* PADRES: Outfielder Tony Gwynn, second in the NL batting race at .317, will have arthroscopic surgery to repair cartilage in his left knee and may miss the rest of the season.
He has only four hits in his past 27 at-bats, allowing Hal Morris to take over the batting lead with a .324 average.
* WHITE SOX: A failure in an engine turbine caused an unscheduled stop for an airliner carrying the team early yesterday, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.
The America West Airlines Boeing 737 made an unscheduled stop in Des Moines, Iowa, after the pilot reported losing power in one of the two engines shortly before 2 a.m.