Rogers speaks piece

BOB ELLIOTT -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:45 AM ET

DETROIT -- Lefty Kenny Rogers came, saw and answered.

He failed to conquer.

Rogers was suspended for 20 games for knocking the cameras off the shoulders of two cameramen before a Texas Rangers home game June 29 at Arlington, Tx.

Commissioner Bud Selig said yesterday there was no precedent for suspending a player for the all-star game. Rogers suspension is for the regular season games only. The 40-year-old lefty was also fined $50,000 US, which is the same amount as his all-star team bonus.

"I wanted players who voted me in to know that I appreciated it, I didn't want those votes to be wasted," Rogers said. "If you are voted in by players, it's probably more of an honor than being selected.

"I figured everyone would be at my table. I'm sure the rest of the guys love it, because they have less to worry about."

The media horde surrounding the Rogers table at the Ritz-Carlton hotel was deeper than any other all-star. He stayed and answered questions for the complete 45 minutes.

"It's not a distraction to us," said Rangers teammate Michael Young.

Wave after wave of reporters and mini-cams approached Rogers in the hotel cameras ballroom and not once did he knock the camera off anyone's shoulder.

"I have no control over what people think of me or what they remember about me, Rogers said. "That was just one episode.

"I'll let my career stand on its own and I'll take whatever shots people give me. In the end, I'll be standing."

SHEA-NAY

Shea Hillenbrand, the Jays lone representative to the all-star game, after Roy Halladay was injured, was a no-show at the interview session yesterday afternoon. The only other player missing was Manny Ramirez of the Boston Red Sox.

Hillenbrand had flight problems.

RETURNING GABE

Gabe Kapler hit .150 in Japan with the Yomiuri Giants and Friday was placed on waivers. If he clears waivers the Boston Red Sox will re-sign him as a back-up outfielder. If Kapler returns the Sox will likely have to return outfielder Adam Stern, of London, Ont., a Rule V draft selection to the Atlanta Braves -- unless a deal can be worked out.


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