MLB notes: Rays manager a 'weird wuss'

Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon watches his team play the Toronto Blue Jays last month. (REUTERS)

Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon watches his team play the Toronto Blue Jays last month. (REUTERS)

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, Last Updated: 7:47 PM ET

Tampa Bay Rays reliever Joel Peralta was handed an eight-game suspension Thursday for having pine tar inside his glove -- an incident that sparked name-calling between managers Davey Johnson and Joe Maddon.

Peralta will appeal the ban, so will remain active until his case is heard.

The 36-year-old right-hander was ejected in the eighth inning Tuesday night after home plate umpire Tim Tschida said he found "a significant amount of pine tar" in the pitcher's glove.

Washington Nationals manager Johnson called for the search after Peralta had completed his warmup.

That upset the Rays' Maddon, who felt Johnson displayed poor sportsmanship and called it "a chickens--- move."

Johnson responded, via CSNWashington.com: "I don't know (Maddon) that well, but I thought he was a weird wuss anyways."

OLYMPIC STADIUM RIPPED

Montreal's Olympic Stadium has been selected the worst ball park in major-league history by Jim Caple of ESPN.com

"Le Stade Olympique (which is French for "The @#&$ Roof Doesn't Work!") was built for the 1976 Olympics and it was, indeed, impressive," Caple wrote in compiling a top-10 list of the worst baseball stadiums.

"Or it would have been, had it not taken until 1987 to actually finish the retractable roof. And had the roof worked when it was finished. And had it not leaked due to rips and tears. And had a support beam not collapsed. And had the retractable roof not been closed permanently."

Toronto's old Exhibition Stadium was classified seventh worst. Beyond the terrible sightlines and badly angled seats, "Toronto committed an unpardonable sin: It didn't sell beer at the stadium."

Other notables: The Kingdome, Seattle, No. 2; Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, No. 3; The Metrodome, Minneapolis, No. 4.

GOSSAGE DOUBTS CLEMENS

Hall of Famer Rich (Goose) Gossage believes Roger Clemens has lied about steroid use.

Gossage, a former New York Yankees closer, labelled Clemens a cheater during an interview on ESPN New York radio Thursday, adding he hoped the retired pitcher wouldn't be elected to baseball's Hall of Fame.

"Are we going to reward these guys for cheating?" Gossage said. "Even though he was found innocent, it was because of the bad testimony. No one believed (trainer Brian) McNamee, and (pitcher Andy) Pettitte kind of changed his (recollection)."

Clemens was acquitted Monday on charges he lied to Congress when he denied having used performance-enhancing drugs. Clemens will be on the Hall of Fame ballot this fall.

ORTIZ FED UP WITH TALES

David Ortiz is fed up with the controversies swirling around the Boston Red Sox, saying it's much fun to play this season.

People need to leave us alone and let us play baseball," the designated hitter told CSNNE.com

"It's starting to become the s--- hole it used to be. Playing here used to be so much fun. Now, every day is something new, not related to baseball. People need to leave us alone. Every day is something new, some drama, some more s---. I'm tired of that, man. I'm here to play baseball, man.

"I'm just tired of dealing with the drama here."

The latest off-field issue was a report the Red Sox clubhouse had turned toxic, with players not getting along.

The Red Sox have denied that.

BRIEFLY

Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki is expected to be sidelined for eight weeks because of an injured left groin. The 27-year-old star had surgery Thursday to remove scar tissue that was built up over a nerve ... The Arizona Diamondbacks hope to activate shortstop Stephen Drew next Wednesday. The 29-year-old has been on a rehab assignment this month after recovering from surgery on his right ankle last year ... The Oakland Athletics have reinstated reliever Jordan Norberto from the 15-day disabled list and recalled catcher Derek Norris from triple-A Sacramento ... Atlanta Braves pitcher Brandon Beachy underwent Tommy John surgery Thursday to repair the torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. He will be out at least one year. Beachy was 5-5 with a major league-best 2.00 earned-run average ... The Detroit Tigers have reinstated catcher Alex Avila from the 15-day disabled list. He had been out since June 6 with a strained right hamstring. The Tigers also recalled pitcher Jacob Turner, who allowed one run in five innings Thursday as Detroit defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 2-1.


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